Capsule Comic Reviews 09/09/15

Best of the Week


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Title:  Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Brian Clevinger

Artist:  Scott Wegener

Colorist:  Anthony Clark

Letterer:  Jeff Powell

Cover Artist:  Scott Wegener

Review:  ★★★★★

Atomic Robo is back in print! After a short hiatus, Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s titular hero has found a new home with IDW Publishing! This latest series finds the fighting scientists of Tesladyne on the run from the world’s governments after the company that Robo built is framed for a nuclear incident. This of course might all be easily rectified, except that Robo himself disappeared in the explosion that led the team to this point. Now, it’s up to Robo’s team to not only find Robo, but also to prove their innocence with the deck stacked against them and enemies closing in from all sides. Action science and science action are guaranteed in the premier issue of this latest volume, Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire.


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Title:  Deadly Class #16

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Rick Remender

Artist:  Wes Craig 

Colorist:  Lee Loughridge

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Wes Craig

Review:  ★★★★★

Once again Remender and Craig deliver a fantastic issue.  Marcus has hit rock bottom and more than that he knows it.  Trying to get his life back in order, he calculates who stands the most chance for ruining that from happening.  Unfortunately he is still not that great of an assassin as things take a turn even worse after he completely messes up.  It was good that Marcus didn’t dwell in his hole for too long, but it also works well that getting out of the mess he made for himself is not going to be easy.  The issue adds in plenty of emotion for us to still like Marcus, but best of all it is an adrenaline rush like nothing else.  Deadly Class is in a class of its own right now.


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Title:  Holy F*cked #1

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Nick Marino

Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Cover Artist:  Daniel Arruda Massa

Review:  ★★★★★

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the church, Holy F*ck has returned.  Could Marino and Massa come back with more religious sacrilege and hilarity than the first series?  Oh they did.  Because now a baby is on the way and it is so wrong that it is right.  With the start of a new family, it means someone mourning the loss of his family after the original events is ready to exact his revenge on Jesus, the Devil, and Maria.  Already its a great return to what was a fantastically humourous series we couldn’t get enough of.


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Title:  Harrow County #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Cullen Bunn

Artist:  Tyler Crook

Cover Artist:  Tyler Crook

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Life is finally starting to become “normal” again for Emmy.  In accepting her past life, the townspeople have accepted she is also not what she was.  She begins helping them with supernatural problems that are cropping up, with her own unique way of handling them.  The real shocker comes at the end as Emmy finds out she is not as unique as she thought.  Harrow County continues to be a strange title, bordering at horror conventions at time, but content to be planted in the supernatural.  We’re not sure where things can go from here, as things could have been wrapped last issue, but this latest issue add in enough interesting ideas to keep going.


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Title:  Itty Bitty Bunnies In Rainbow Pixie Candyland: Bong Genie

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Dean Rankine

Artist:  Dean Rankine

Cover Artist:  Dean Rankine

Review:  ★★★★☆

A bong genie?  A deadly food fight?  A bison that swings both ways?  Danny Trejo’s head?  Only in Itty Bitty Bunnies could you find this strange mixture thrown together in one of the most off the wall books out there.  Even Zombie Tramp stops by to snack on some brains.  Almost mirroring the book, she doesn’t find any.  But that is the exact reason this title is always so unpredictable and hilarious.  Its low brow comic humor at its best.


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Title:  King Tiger #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Randy Stradely

Artist:  Doug Wheatley

Colorist:  Rain Beredo

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Doug Wheatley and Rain Beredo

Review:  ★★★★☆

King Tiger has a big family and a big problem.  His father and siblings are set on sacrificing him to restore a powerful demon and he may not be strong enough to fight them off with his girlfriend or new assistant.  We learn plenty of Tiger’s dark history which makes him much that much more captivating, as well as differentiating him from Marvel’s Shang-Chi.  What really has ss mesmerized, though, is Wheatley’s art which is top form here.  It has a beautiful realistic aesthetic that sets the atmosphere of the book perfectly.  Another thing that differentiates this from Shang-Chi?  He was never this good.


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Title:  Mirror’s Edge:  Exordium #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christopher Emgard

Artist:  Mattias Haggstrom and Robert Sammelin

Colorist:  Davi Correia

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:   Robert Sammelin

Review:  ★★★☆☆

One of the hottest anticipated video game tie-in comics is here and it’s good, but not great.  We are reintroduced to Faith, the protagonist from the first game as she finds herself in trouble after running from security guards as a diversion for her crew.  Diverting them means they accidentally run into another illegal deal which is being done by someone much more powerful than Faith’s boss.  The great thing going for the series already is that it should lead right into Mirror’s Edge:  Catalyst.  The down side of this is that Mirror’s Edge story was not the strength of the game to begin with, the fluid gameplay was.  The first issue did little to change this, though it does promise to show us much more detail about Faith than we knew before.  But do we even care to find out more about her?  Hopefully the next few issues will answer this a little more definitively.


ninjak7

Title:  Ninjak #7

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Juan Jose Ryp

Colorist:  Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Mico Suayan and Ulises Arreola;  Jelena Djurdjevic;  Dave Johnson;  Matt Kindt;  Stephen Segovia and Brian Reber

Review:  ★★★★

With another member of the Shadow Seven down, Ninjak doesn’t have to look far for the next as Sanguine lures him out.  Kindt spends a large part of the story fleshing out this latest assassin which gives her much more depth than the last assassin Ninjak subdued.  Her back story is actually fairly interesting, but her design choice is downright bizarre.  She looks a little too much like Marrow from X-Men, but with an off pink tutu for some reason (which also makes her look a little like Jim Carey in Ace Ventura Pet Detective).  The strange design makes her lose some of the edge Kindt gave her, but not enough to hurt the issue tremendously.  Tutu aside, this is yet another fantastic Ninjak story perfectly suited for our hero.


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Title:  Rebels #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Andrea Mutti

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  Tula Lotay

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After fighting and helping win the war, Seth is ready to return home.  Yet after seven years he has missed so much, his family is not quite happy to see him.  His son doesn’t know him and his wife resents that he never came home and slowly stopped writing letters.  The ending isn’t exactly a happy one, but that was the cost of the revolution, taking this man away from his loved ones.  We do wish this wasn’t the last issue dealing with Seth, as the ending has jumped ahead fairly quickly.  By the time he arrives home the issue is more than half over leaving little time to deal with the whole scope of emotions from him, his wife, or son.  There felt like there could have been further story about this family we would have loved seen further explored.


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Title:  Sherlock Holmes:  The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Nicholas Meyer (adapted by David Tipton and Scott Tipton)

Artist:  Ron Joseph

Colorist:  Jordi Escuin

Letterer:  Deron Bennett

Cover Artist:  Kelley Jones and Jay Fotos;  Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos

Review:  ★★★★☆

After a great, but rather slow setup in the first issue, Watson and Mycroft set to work on their master plan to get Sherlock the help he needs.  This means enlisting Moriaty’s help, whether he likes the arrangement or not, to set the trail to follow.  It does a great job to set the stage showing Sherlock is a master at his trade, but his drug and emotional issues are crushing him underneath their weight.  Already a different take on the traditional detective we all know, the Tiptons and Joseph perform another fantastic job in translating this story into comic form.


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Title:  Star Trek/Green Lantern #3

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Johnson

Artist:  Angel Hernandez

Colorist:  Alejandro Sanchez

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Tony Shasteen;  Rachael Stott and Davide Mastrolonardo;  Garry Brown and Doug Garbark

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While the Enterprise crew and Hal Jordan still only get minimal attention, things expand further with the Lantern line as the most powerful ring bearers for each type are revealed to have made the reality jump as well.  This brings several heroes and especially plenty of villains, ones that are most likely not going to be wanting to work together.  None of them may have a choice on that as we learn what caused the lanterns to enter the Star Trek has also followed them here.  We appreciate the scope the creators are trying to incorporate into the series, but from a normal size issue each month it is too much to keep a proper focus on anyone.  We would really love to see more of how the rings are affecting the Enterprise crew members, yet the villains incorporated have more page time than them.


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Title:  Transformers:  Spotlight Omnibus, Vol. 2

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Multiple

Artist:  Multiple

 

Cover Artist:  Jeffrey Veregge

Review:  ★★★★☆

After last issue felt a little weak, things get back on track as Aric finally takes control and shows both sides who is in charge.  Not only that, but we also find out about a former Vine commander who has been hiding on Earth since the last invasion attempt.  His presence is certainly going to shake things up, as it seems this underground network of hidden Vine will be spilling out into other Valiant books as well.  Aric really was the center of the issue, as should be, and made up for his near slapstick appearance last issue of being blown back and forth by explosions.  How he deals with being between these two civilization is what will really make this arc stand out and so far it seems like it should be.


unity22

Title:  Unity #21

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Jose Luis

Inker:  Alisson Rodrigues and Glauber Matos;  Wayne Faucher;  Alejandro Sicat;  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  Andrew Dalhouse and Allen Passalaqua;  Pete Pantazis

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Jose Luis, Sandro Ribeiro, and Allen Passalaqua;  Jeff Dekal

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

So ends the threat of War Monger.  Just like her, we thought she was besting Unity taking them down one by one.  As it turns out it was all part of Neville’s plan to capture her once and for all.  While that is all well and good, there are several glaring problems that make this conclusion lackluster.  First, if Neville was planning for her all along, why did they wait so long to face her as a team, especially before she ran afoul in London?  As for the new hero they introduce, Anchor, he was completely out of left field and not needed.  They didn’t have a better solution than they did?  Without trying to spoil too much, if Anchor was grabbed by X-O Manowar, how would War Monger not have been able to get free?  Things just don’t quite add up in this issue, hurting an otherwise entertaining arc.


thewickedthedivine14

Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #14

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Kate Brown and Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Covers:  Kate Brown;  Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With several of the gods no dead, things shift to Woden’s perspective who knows plenty about what has been going on.  He has been Ananke’s assistant in cleaning up the bodies she has been leaving in her wake  With the deaths staking up, it looks like he may have to reexamine his current role as obedient servant.  This issue gives us the best insight yet on what has been going on behind the scenes, but we still don’t have the full picture.  Unfortunately Woden has not been one of our favorite gods and having everything come out from his view makes the issue a little less exciting.  The ending could be an indication that our feelings about him will soon change.


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