Title: Bloodshot Reborn #6
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Butch Guice
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Mico Suayan; Dave Johnson; Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown; Garry Brown; Steve Lieber; Benjamin Marra; Wook-Jin Clark
Now that Bloodshot has overcome his hallucinations, at least for the moment, he sets back on his task of hunting down those infected with nanites. Only, he never thought of the possibility one of the other infected might be hunting the others for more nanites as well. It is a great twist that makes this already fantastic story that much better. Of course it remains to be seen how this plays out, but the potential to give Bloodshot a true “archenemy” is truly exciting. Magic remains the only piece that feels unneccessary, though Lemire has been on point enough for us to trust where he is leading this romantic entanglement. He is continuing to give us one of the best Bloodshot series ever after all.
Title: D4ve2 #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Valentin Ramon
Cover Artist: Valentin Ramon; Logan Faerber; Brian Level and Marissa Louise
Da4e is back! In the first series he took is life back by killing plenty of aliens. RIding high from that, he is now a general in charge of training the next generation of soldiers, including his son, in case any living creature still exists in the universe. It’s a good thing to, as it looks like there is something out there still, and it’s pretty shocking. If you found the first chapter hilarious, be happy to know Ferrier falls straight back into his groove with plenty of robot humor. Even though Da4e has saved the world, that hasn’t changed the dynamic between him and his son, which is still one of the best parts of the books. Now with a host of new complicated problems, things are looking just as good, if not better than the first.
Title: Invader Zim #3
Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Eric Trueheart and Jhonen Vasquez
Artist: Aaron Alexovich
Inker: Megan Lawton
Colorist: Rikki Simons
Letterer: Warren Wucinich
Cover Artist: Aaron Alexovich and Rikki Simmons; Jhonen Vasquez; Madeline Rupert
If you are an Invader Zim fan, you don’t even need to read this review; instead just go buy this issue immediately. While Vasquez still has full control over the story, he does concede much of the writing to Eric Trueheart, but you would honestly never notice. Zim’s newest plan involves summoning the Star Donkey to aid him in ruling the Earth. Yes, the story automatically fits for Invader Zim. More than that, the dialogue is so spot on for each character, you won’t be able to help but imagine the original voice actors voicing these lines. It is amazingly funny and nearly perfect in every way. With a comic this good, we honestly don’t need to hope for the television series to come back as this is a completely worthy substitute.
Title: Ivar, Timewalker #9
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Pere Perez
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Raul Allen; Carolina Bensler; Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse; Al Barrionuevo and Sandra Molina;
After being “killed” last issue, Ivar makes his return, just not quite exactly the same Ivar. Neela grabs Ivar from the past, before he became a time traveler or saved/cursed his brothers, meaning he is very different from the person she knew and loved. This leads to plenty of light-hearted moments as she finds out the type of person he was long ago. Best of all it gives the book a chance to put Neela in the forefront and have Ivar be the one out of his element, a nice switch. Neela has been one of the best new characters in the Valiant Universe and we’re thrilled to see her stepping up so prominently. It has everything, action, laughter, and of course time traveling craziness that rivals Doctor Who.
Title: The Paybacks #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain; Ryan Sook; Ryan Lee and Allen Passalaqua
If you can borrow enough money, you can buy the tech to make yourself a superhero. Yet, if you don’t have the money to actually payback your loans, you’re going to have to face the Paybacks, a repo squad of former heroes paying off their own debt. Not only is the idea a great new take on normal superhero conventions, but it allows Cates and Rahal the freedom to go wild and create a multitude of fabulous “heroes” to put into play. It’s a wild ride with a talking unicorn. What else could you ask for?