One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 07/02/14

Best of the Week

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Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist: Will Conrad

Review:  ★★★★★

Faith mainly takes a backseat this week, with the exception of taking a new case involving a familiar face, while Angel takes center stage.  Pearl had a few words for Angel regarding his time as Twilight, but the bad guys always underestimate him.  After he causes some permanent damage to her, Angel finally gets the pixie he’s after.  While he thinks everything is wrapped up, there is always someone ready to take the place at top.  For a shared book it was disappointing to see Faith cast aside, it can be forgiven considering how action packed Angel’s tale was.  The book is doing a great job of folding old characters in and with a couple of characters that were shown, we’re in for a treat.  Gischler and Conrad have been doing a fantastic job with these two, but this was the best issue to date.

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Title:  Quantum and Woody #12

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  James Asmus

Artist:  Wilfredo Torres

Review:  ★★★★★

Quantum and Woody brought their series to a close with a pretty meaty issue.  They finally find that the mind of their father has been in the goat staying with them.  We finally get to see Thomas Edison and his complete origin of how he turned into a giant monster mashup.  It comes together in the fresh quirkiness we know and love from the series while finally pulling the two brothers together.  The final issue was a great finale for such an excellent series.  There was a lot packed in here but Asmus nailed it.  Hopefully as the two team up with Archer and Armstrong in The Delinquents from now on the craziness keeps on churning out.


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Title:  Archer Coe and The Thousand Natural Shocks

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Jamie S. Rich

Artist: Dan Christensen

Review:  ★★★★☆

Archer Coe is a stage hypnotist referred to as The Mind’s Arrow.  He takes a job from a wealthy business man to use his talents to make his wife less “frigid”.  Meanwhile a killer nicknamed the Zipper is committing murders that seemingly tie to Archer.  The police believe he is the Zipper and Archer has to figure out what is going on as there is a connection between him, the Zipper, and the man’s wife, he just can’t remember what.  This was a fantastic graphic novel that was hard to out down.  At times when they cut to Archer’s mind as he tried to peer inside himself, it could become little hard to follow, which is the only thing that kept it from getting a perfect score,  Otherwise the story is fantastic and will keep you guessing about Archer’s sanity until the end.  Christensen’s art is a perfect complement for the story as I loved his minimalistic pencils.  Keeping it black and white was a great choice for the noir feel of the story. I truly hope the creators have something else planned for Archer as he is a fantastic new character who you could see having many mire adventures.

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Title:  Avatar:  The Last Airbender – The Rift

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko

Artist:  Gurihiru

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Dark Horse’s latest #1 for $1 brings a budget friendly rerelease of Avatars:  The Last Airliner – The Rift.  If you missed it before, picking it up for $1 is hard to pass up.  In the end though it really hinges on whether you are a fan of Avatar or not.  This was a decent first issue but if you come in uninformed about the series, this does not give you any introductions to the world or characters.  Coming in fresh could make you a little lost, but for fans it is a good introduction to another adventure for your favorite characters.

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Title:  The White Suits #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Frank Barbiere

Artist:  Toby Cypress

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

In the White Suits conclusion, everything gets put on the table.  We learn the White Suits origins and new goal, how Sarah’s father was involved, and Prizak’s long lost dark secret.  The White Suits ambitious and deadly plan seems a little out there and hurt the resolution for what has otherwise been an enjoyable series.  Barbiere did his best to spin their reasons, but it fell flat.  Cypress’ art continues to fascinate and frustrate at the same time, as at times it comes off really strong, only to get overpowered by to much on the page at once.

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Title:  The Victories #13

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Michael Avon Oeming

Artist: Michael Avon Oeming

Review:  ★★★★☆

If you’ve read my previous reviews of The Victories, you know this is not one of my favorite books, even being a big fan of Oeming.  However, this was my favorite issue of the series yet.  Lady Dragon finally is integrated into her father’s plan as they look to take control of the world, while the Victories rush to stop it.  The book has some beautiful art and action as the Victories battle a giant serpent creature, which Oeming vividly brings to life.  The issue felt more focused than any I’ve read before in the series.  With the exception of one cut away from the main story mid way through that was unneeded, it was solid throughout.

 

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