Editor’s Note: Unfortunately I have been sick most of the week and was unable to do all the reviews as normal. Hopefully I will be over this by next week to be back on track, but for now we decided to show you just our top picks that you should check out from the releases this week.
Best of the Week
Title: Book of Death #2
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Robert Gill; Doug Braithwaite
Colorist: David Baron; Allen Passalaqua; Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Cary Nord; Clayton Crain; Kano; Pere Perez; Paolo Rivera; Stephen Segovia and Ulises Arreola; Meghan Hetrick; Cafu and Ulises Arreola;
Considering the team around him, it can be easy to forget how skilled Gilad actually is. With his team now sent to bring him in, we get a reminder of why he is the Eternal Warrior as he employs various tactics to take each member out. Braithwaite does a fantastic job bringing us the battle for which Venditti provides some great dialogue between these friends turned against each other. The true villain stands revealed at the end, though our heroes still don’t know exactly what is going on. We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that the return of this villain will mean the return of one of our favorite heroes as well before this event comes to a close.
The Weekly Rundown
Title: Archie #2
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Fiona Staples
Colorist: Andre Szymanowicz
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Showing that the first issue wasn’t a fluke, Waid and Staples continue their new look at Riverdale for another terrific issue. Now with Archie and Betty having broken up, Archie searchs for work, though he seems inept at just about anything, and Betty has troubles moving on with life after Archie. We’ve seen teenage dramas over and over again, especially if you ever tune into the CW. What makes this new take on Archie really stand out is that Waid doesn’t push the drama levels disproportionate levels, instead keeping it feeling natural. Where he does bring things up is through the humor, especially watching Archie fail at everything in a way that is just so damn funny and charming. This isn’t your parents Archie, so leave any preconceived notions you might have about this world behind and get ready for a fantastic new time with these classic characters.
Title: Invader Zim #2
Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Jhonen Vasquez
Artist: Aaron Alexovich
Inker: Megan Lawton
Colorist: Simon “Hutt” Troussellier
Letterer: Warren Wucinich
Cover Artist: Aaron Alexovich and J.R. Goldberg; Jhonen Vasquez; Chuck BB
On his way to complete his master plan, Zim has to take several side stops to gift shops around the galaxy as Dib frantically tries to catch up. This leads to some great encounters that really lets the bizarre nature of the series shine. More than that, if you thought Zim was trying to use an ancient, hidden weapon to destroy Earth, you would be wrong. Instead, it is meant for something for more evil and hilarious. This is making us miss the original series so much more, but at least it is doing a fantastic job as a substitute. We could have used even more Gir this issue, but he still gets some great lines that had us chuckling.
Title: Mega Man #52
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Ian Flynn
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Inker: Jim Amash
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: T Rex and Matt Herms; Reilly Brown; Ben Bates
Cover Artist: Neil Edwards
Using the power of the Chaos Emeralds, Mega Man and Sonic attack Sigma for the final battle while the rest of the heroes try to stop the world from collapsing around them. While the battle might not be as epic as it was the last issue, it still is plenty of fun watching Sonic and especially Mega Man supercharged. We did have some issues with the ending as it does mostly reset the entire arc, which we are never big fans of as it erases a bit of the impact. Even so, it still was an action packed issue that capped off what has been a fantastic arc for any gamer of the 90’s.
Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz
Artist: Cory Smith
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover Artist: Mateus Santolouco; Kevin Eastman and Ronda Pattison; David Lafuente; Ryan Browne (after Wally Wood)
The Turtles found themselves backed into a corner last time we saw them as Stockman’s robots closed in around them. Help comes from the unlikely source of Kara as she believes using Stockman and his technology is not honorable as the Foot Clan should be. This leads to an agreement between Shredder and Splinter to end things, one way or the other. The Turtles have felt like amateurs the last few issues as that continues here, but with the stakes so high the story is still heart pounding from beginning to end. With next issue being #50, we have to wonder if we will be losing a big character or not. The possibility is certainly there as the creative team has made us feel like anything can happen in this series which makes it continually fresh.