July’s Must Own Comics

This is a compilation of the nine books that received a five star rating from us during July.  If you missed out before, these are the must own books we suggest you make sure to grab while you can!


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.


Title:  Armor Hunters #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist: Doug Braithwaite

Review:  ★★★★★

Last issue the Armor Hunters thought devastating the most populated city would change the USA’s mind on giving them Aric.  They still will not budge nor negotiate, so the Armor Hunters decide it is time to begin disinfecting the places Aric has visited by releasing their hounds.  The hounds themselves are brutal, but not as much as Aric as he rips them apart when they attack his people.  The art is magnificent.  Braithwaite is called on for some spectacular action scenes and he delivers in full.  Watching the eyeballs in soldiers heads is extremely graphic, but continues to show how powerful the threat is.  So far we’ve been given a chance to see most of the team join in on the fight now, with the exception of the newly recruited Bloodshot.  However, if the last page is any indication, we’re in for a treat in that regard.


Title:  The Auteur #5

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Rick Spears

Artist:  James Callahan

Review:  ★★★★★

Last issue felt a more subdued in terms of the of the outright craziness of the series, at least as subdued as The Auteur can get.  Now we’re back in the thick of things with a party to celebrate the films finish which includes crazy psychedelic drugs made from exotic spider venom that cause streams of blood from all orifices, talking vomit, hookers, and a gruesome death before finishing with the movie’s premiere.  In between all of that it actually has some deep insightful dialogue and a little romance.  This has been one of those strange little comics that against certain odds is enjoyable as hell.  If you want something completely different from anything else you’ll read this week, month, year, make sure to pick this up.


Title:  Captain Midnight #13

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Manuel Garcia

Review:  ★★★★★

Captain Midnight’s retirement from super hero life seems to have come to a quick end.  After his base comes under attack of a squad of soldiers led by his old enemy Tempus, he shows that having the jump on him is not advantage enough.  Unfortunately, the nearby town he has recently grown fond of has found itself in cross-hairs because of him.  With just two issues of normal civilian life, it looks like Captain Midnight is pissed and ready to suit up.  You can actually tell how pissed he is thanks to a cursing rant directed at Tempus, who is even surprised to see the hero using profanity, in one of the issue’s most humorous moments.  Having two heroes from the past put into the present, you can’t stop Captain America and Captain Midnight comparisons.  The difference is that Captain Midnight has captured an old school comic feel that I love, something I haven’t seen from Captain America for quite some time.


Title:  Harbinger #25

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer: Joshua Dysart, Justin Jordan, and Lucy Knisley

Artist:  Khari Evans, Dan Goldman, Barry Kitson, Andrew Pepoy, Rafer Roberts, and Riley Rossmo

Review:  ★★★★★

Toyo Harada might have recently suffered a great setback, if the Renegades thought he was just going to rollover they were completely wrong.  With nothing left to lose, Harada puts his plans in motion for his first strike to topple the world’s governments.  With a small army of psiot’s completely dedicated to him, there maybe no stopping him now, especially with the Renegades broken.  In the main story we only get to see whats left of the team briefly as Kris parts ways with Torque and Zephyr while Peter tries to stay hidden away.  Being the anniversary though, we are treated with several mini stories focusing on the Renegades before they made their last stand.  Some of them will make you laugh while others are quite emotional, but they’re are excellent.  In celebrating the series, the whole package nailed the mark with the start of a new arc and great backup stories to show off all of the characters.


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.


Title:  Pariah #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Aron Werner and Philip Gelatt

Artist:  Brett Weldele

Review:  ★★★★★

While the decision has been made to leave the orbit of Earth permanently in search of a new planet to call home, that doesn’t mean everyone is happy about casting the planet aside.  This especially comes true as the station receives news reports from below that a deadly virus is killing swathes of the population.  Not wanting it to affect their preparations to leave, Lila puts Hyde in charge of a cure.  While one is eventually created, it is not without its complications.  Not only this, but we find that Maudsley may not be as innocent as he seems, and was perhaps manipulating the whole situation so he could go back to Earth.  The reasons given make sense, but we shall not truly know until next issue.  What I love about Pariah is that it almost has a science fiction meets Lord of the Flies feel with the different plays for leadership and backstabbing that occurs.  The entire series keeps you guessing what will happen next.  Will the Vitros actually be able to leave Earth, or are there to many manipulations going on that will keep them there?  It’s hard to say, but I can’t wait to find out!  Make sure you have Pariah on your pull list for an incredible story and phenomenal art from Werner, Gelatt, and Weldele.


Title:  Star Wars:  Rebel Heist

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist: Marco Castiello

Review:  ★★★★★

While the other heroes all had specific roles to play in the overreaching heist from the Imperials, we find Luke’s role is to be behind the scenes, watching after Han, Leia, and Chewbacca.  It is interesting to see Luke helping out his friends in different ways the entire time, especially as with the rest of the series, it is narrated by a third party, this time an Imperial spy that spotted Luke at the very beginning.  Everything is wrapped up beautifully and even given a little bonus to find out that the heist actually ties into The Empire Strikes Back and even Return of the Jedi.  The only regrets I have for the series is that it was not longer.  Kindt has created one of the best Star Wars series I have read in years and wish it could have lasted a little longer.  It really would have been nice to see Chewbacca fighting the Rancor, but instead we have to settle for him standing over the dead creature with a giant battle axe.  Yet this was Luke’s time to impress, and impress he does.


Title:  Terminator Salvation:  The Final Battle #7

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  J. Michael Straczynski

Artist:  Pete Woods

Review:  ★★★★★

J. Michael Straczynski continues to make this series a must read, even with it being a sequel to a film that by most standards was not very good.  Marcus Wright is back, with a quick explanation of how that actually makes sense, while informing John of why Skynet has reactivated him.  It all revolves around Thomas Parnell, who the humans and Skynet must now join forces to take down before everything is destroyed.  Mostly this issue felt like a calm before the storm.  Parnell is ready to take down the resistance which should make for some bloody enjoyment to come, but it is a fun twist to see Skynet actually needing human help before it is overwhelmed by Parnell.  Bringing Marcus back serves two purposes, to feed the fans of the film but also to provide the best link two join the two enemies.  While I could have cared less for him in the film, bringing him back feels natural and needed.

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