One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 06/18/14

Best of the Week


Title:  Brain Boy:  The Men From G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist: Freddie Williams II

Review:  ★★★★★

Last issue left Brain Boy under a psychic attack on a commercial airline thirty thousand feet in the air.  Him getting out of the situation was fairly epic and one of the most enjoyable events in comics from this week.  As it always goes, out of the furnace into the fire, soon after he’s out of one situation he’s put in the thick of it again at the end.  It probably doesn’t help that a gang of psychically controlled bikers are on their way to kill him.  The book doesn’t stop the excitement from beginning to end.  If only it weren’t just a mini series, it’s already depressing to know that the story is half way over.


Title:  Harbinger #24

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist: Clayton Henry

Review:  ★★★★★

When Valiant said everything was going to change with Harbinger, they weren’t kidding.  The fallout from the Renegades war with Toyo Harada has mostly destroyed the team at this point.  Peter’s fight with Harada gets mostly interrupted by the bleeding monk as he tries to calm the two and tell them their place in the greater plan is now over.  This doesn’t end the fight, with both Peter and Toyo paying a horrible price.  We still don’t know what happened to Monica and Axe took off on his own after his portion in the plan was complete.  That just leaves Kris, Faith and Torque together, with Peter saying his final emotional goodbye to them in their dreams.  It is a slight letdown that certain things get skipped , such as in Monica’s case, but I would imagine we will find out her fate soon.  It’s hard to imagine what direction the series could take after all of this devastation, but it is making for a hell of an epic story.

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Title:  The Auteur #4

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Rick Spears

Artist: James Callahan

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The last issue of The Auteur was one of the most over the top comics I’ve read for awhile;  blood, nudity, overall insanity.  Surprisingly, issue four seems quite time comparatively.  Deciding the murder last time was a step to far, Rex orders an immediate rewrite of his film to change it from a horror film to a romance film.  As he slowly loses his grip on reality more and more, he tries to use his film as a guide to try to win the object of his affection with not such great results for him.  Oh, and he blows a hole in LA.  The wackiness and humor is still there, just much more subdued than shouting genitalia from last month.  Obviously this is only for mature readers, but if you want something off the wall and completely different from anything out there, make sure you are picking this series up.


Title:  Axe Cop:  The American Choppers #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Malachai Nicolle

Artist:  Ethan Nicolle

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Axe Cop’s bizarre, craziness returns with the team battling evil axes and evil lumberjacks.  As the American Choppers fight their way through the villains, one of the team falls and they go to heaven with the help of Chicken Slice to save their teammate.  As stated before, bizarre and crazy.  I can’t help but think of the Tick when I read Axe Cop.  While Tick was never this out there with random things happening every page, the two feel mighty similar which is not a bad thing at all.  If you want to have a good laugh and face palm a few times, make sure to pick this series up.


Title:  Batman and Ra’s al Ghul # 32

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Peter J. Tomasi

Artist: Patrick Gleason

Review:  ★★★☆☆

If you were hoping for much of any conclusion in The Hunt For Robin story-line, don’t count on it.  Batman and Ra’s al Ghul battle it out over the fate of Damian.  Batman might have been to late to stop Talia from being resurrected, but he is not going to let his son come back possibly crazy without a soul.  The two have a pretty epic fight, until they are interrupted.  Cue Robin Rises next month.  I’m not sure how I feel about the ending, especially with who will be involved with Robin’s return, but it still has more time to play out.  Continuing into another arc though may prove to work against it as even though it has been really good, the story is starting to be longer than it needs.


Title:  B.R.P.D. Hell on Earth #120

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist: Laurence Campbell

Review:  ★★★★☆

As the team comes back after their battle with the Black Flame, things are not going quite so well back at headquarters.  A power outage hits just as the Professor is going through old records, specifically one detailing former air force captain, August Breccan, who happened to be a satanist that Professor Broom and Hellboy had investigated many years ago.  It appears the file has unlocked Breccan’s angry soul who possess Kate just before the team arrives.  The issue works well on two fronts, one giving a spine tingling tale in the present with the power outage and on the second an interesting look back at a young Hellboy and Professor Broom investigating Breccan.  Coming off of a big arc, this is a perfect story so far to keep the ball rolling while the team regroups.


Title:  Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon

Artist: Rebekah Isaacs

Review:  ★★★★☆

Having Dracula taking the Vampyr book was already bad for team Buffy, but as Dracula quickly finds, it’s not so good for him either.  He quickly starts having Xander, still under Dracula’s influence, writing down things to make him more powerful, but the book takes things a little to literal.  There are some great interactions with Dracula bossing Xander around, but you also get some very powerful moments of Dawn finally opening up to her sister about all of the emotions now overwhelming her by being brought back to life.  It has everything you would expect from a great Buffy story, almost as if Whedon was writing it himself.  You can easily tell having Brendon on board is making this a very authentic Buffy experience.


Title:  Daredevil #4

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist: Chris Samnee

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After last issue sent Matt falling to a fiery grave, the Shroud showed he hasn’t completely gone to the dark side by saving him at the last minute.  He does use the opportunity to abduct the Owl so he can do the villains bidding.  The result is the Owl getting what he wanted, which is a little to early to tell what it exactly that is.  It seems safe to assume we will see him super charged very soon.  It did seem slightly out of place that Matt would have time to go out for dinner after escaping the Owl’s mansion and before hunting the Owl and the Shroud.  That aside, Daredevil is always a solid and fun read and this week was no exception.


Title:  Eye of Newt #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Michael Hague

Artist: Michael Hague

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Eye of Newt is a brand new series from Michael Hague that follows a young apprentice, Newt, as he sets out on his quest to become a powerful wizard.  The beginning of his journey brings him to a special, powerful ring that he is told to lie to his master about, and two unscrupulous men that were to take care of him.  The story has a slight pacing issue that could stand to be corrected, but it is off to an interesting start.  Beyond the story itself though, Hague’s art is beautiful and is easily one of the biggest reasons to check this new series out.  He crafts some very beautiful landscapes that are brought to life with vivid coloring.  Taking out the story even, the art itself has me interested for more next month on what Newt’s journey will bring next.


Title:  MPH #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist: Duncan Fegredo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The first issue of Millar’s new series was a bit rocky in the first issue.  It wasn’t terrible, but from Millar you expect amazing things.  Issue two definitely picks things up as Roscoe uses his new found speed to exact revenge on the man who put him away, and share the MPH with his best friend and girlfriend.  The issue has fun exploring the characters first interactions with high speed.  They have quickly caught the attention of the government which is not going to prove good for them.  The book has started out as a slow burn; good, but not the rush out of the gate you would hope for.  The end of this issue looks promising for the rest of the series, which it needs like a shot of adrenaline to get it going.


Title:  Original Sin #4

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Jason Aaron 

Artist: Mike Deodato

Review:  ★★★★☆

After the cliffhanger coming out of last issue, expectations were at an all time for a big payoff.  While I can’t say this week lived up to that, it was still one hell of an issue.  All of the separate squads investigating realize they are not being told the whole truth and converge on the same spot.  What comes from this is lots of super hero bickering and everyone not trusting each other with not a whole lot else.  Until the end, and another bombshell is dropped.  Hero not trusting hero has been played to much in Marvel’s events, so getting a while issue of it again was a bit of a let down, but the shocking end made everything worth it.  Original Sin is easily Marvel’s best event in years, so make sure event fatigue has not made you skip this.


Title:  Star Wars:  Darth Maul — Son of Dathomir #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Jeremy Barlow

Artist: Juan Frigeri

Review:  ★★★☆☆

I have been hoping to see Darth Maul kick some ass in this Star Wars:  The Clone Wars continuation.  In issue two, we don’t get much of that in a combat sense, but we do get to seem his intelligence as a tactician in effect as he schools Count Dooku and General Grievous in the art of war.  Speaking of Count Dooku, we do get a reminder of how powerful he is as he takes on a squad of skilled nightbrothers and makes quick work of them.  Already knowing that Dooku and Grievous make it out of this book and most likely Darth Maul does not take a bit out of the excitement, but not enough to pass on this book.  Even if you were not a fan of the Clone Wars, this is an excellent book to read filled with classic Star Wars excitement and best of all, more Darth Maul.


Title:  The Strain #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  David Lapham

Artist:  Mike Hudleston

Review:  ★★★★☆

Being part of Dark Horse’s #1 for $1 line, only costing a dollar is already tough to pass up on any comic.  The Strain makes itself a must have purchase this week not only from its consumer friendly price tag, but also because it is actually a great first issue.  If you missed the series original, Strain #1 opens with the tail of Jusef Sardu, a polish nobleman who was born abnormally tall but gaunt and weak.  Before he was beloved by the people, but after a fateful hunting trip killed his father and their companions, he comes back into something different, and dark.  Cut to the present, a commercial airline lands safely at the airport, but all contact is quickly lost inside, with everyone dead.  A team is brought in to investigate the plane, but you can already imagine they’re over their head.  It comes out of the gate with an extremely strong issue, dark and scary with an interesting setup.  Make sure if you missed it before to grab it this week while you can for such a steal.


Title:  Uncanny X-Men #22

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Brian Bendis

Artist: Chris Bachalo

Review:  ★☆☆☆☆

Uncanny X-Men had so much potential from this current story of who was behind the sentinels, but it couldn’t stick the landing.  This story had been brewing for quite some time per normal Bendis fashion, but everything concludes way to quickly.  The true enemy is revealed towards the end and dies way to quickly.  It was a waste of an amazing villain who had been with us since one of the most epic X-Men events ever, and his motivations didn’t feel in line with the character.  The hero to save the day comes to the X-Men’s aid much to conveniently.  It really felt as if they were rushed into a finish, just to be able to jump into the upcoming Original Sin tie-in.  True disappointment.


Title:  Unity #8

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist: Stephen Segovia

Review:  ★★★★☆

With the Armor Hunters just having completely demolished Mexico City in one shot, Unity needs to recruit some more muscle, especially since now is not a good time for X-O Manowar to show his face.  Luckily for them, a certain character just had a rather nasty dissolution with his own team H.A.R.D. Corps.  Bloodshot comes into the fold, after Livewire tracks him down and convinces him the team, and world, need him.  Otherwise, beyond being recruited, the book really focuses on Ninjak and Eternal Warrior as they take on two of the Armor Hunters themselves, mostly due to Ninjak’s impulsiveness.  Unfortunately things end very badly for the two heroes.  At this point it is fairly obvious the team is way over matched, so it will be interesting to see who else they bring into the fold.  The dialogue is one of the best parts of the series and doesn’t disappoint.  The banter between Ninjak and Eternal Warrior, who cannot talk his teammate down from a rash decision, is very amusing. In introducing Bloodshot to the book, Kindt utilized interviews with different civilians who had interesting interpretations on Bloodshot’s fast building legend.  Of course everything comes together from Segovia’s fantastic work on the art, especially when it comes to the magnificent action scenes.


Title:  The Witcher #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist: Joe Querio

Review:  ★☆☆☆☆

The best thing about the Witcher this week is that it is one issue closer to the end.  The story continues to be bland and seemingly going nowhere with just one issue left.  As it stands, a focused one shot could have much more easily told this story and have been much the better for it.  Nothing happens except various interactions with the characters that serve more to take up space and waste time than progress.  It’s a real shame considering how talented Tobin and Querio both are, but this book just lands flat.  When you see it sitting on the shelf this week, just don’t stare directly at it, quickly pass by, and it will all be over in another month.


Title:  Witchfinder:  The Mysteries of Unland #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Kim Newman and Maura McHugh

Artist: Tyler Crook

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Edward Gray is brought in to investigate the death of a government servant who was checking on the manufacturer of Poole’s Elixir.  Seemingly a normal murder case, Gray is ordered to the case since the Queen personally uses the tonic herself.  Once he begins looking into the factory, it is not long until the supernatural reveals itself to be a bigger part of the case than Gray thought.  The case has enough intrigue to make or a good story, but the beginning was just a little to ho-hum for it to make the leap from average to great.  Crook’s pencils fit well into a Mignola story, and stand as the highlight of the issue.


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