One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 08/20/14

Best of the Week

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Title:  Armor Hunters:  Bloodshot #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joe Harris

Artist:  Trevor Hairsine

Review:  ★★★★★

This was finally the Bloodshot action I have been waiting for.  Last issue we were given a little bit more tease than action as we saw more of Bloodshot’s situation before being recruited than anything.  Then the main Armor Hunters series gave us a glimpse of what he was in store for.  The issue cuts to the Armor Hunter, Lilt, storming M.E.R.O. to retrieve Malgam.  Bloodshot has a few words about the matter and the two engage in an epic battle with our hero putting his nanites to the test with repairs from the battle damage he receives.  Hairsine’s skills are put to the test with some graphic scenes but he nails them throughout the issue.  If you have been enjoying Armor Hunters but want a little more action, this single issue crams in more than enough for the entire event.

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Title:  The Delinquents #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  James Asmus and Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Kano

Review:  ★★★★★

If you have never read Quantum and Woody or Archer & Armstrong, this book is a great jumping on point as it fleshes out the characters quickly while getting this enjoyable and unique story rolling right away.  If you are on the other end and are a fan of both already, rest assured your favorite heroes are being treated as they should.  If the first issue is any indication for what is to come, this is going to be the single most must read series for any action comedy fans out there.  Read the complete review.


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Title:  Armor Hunters:  Harbinger

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Robert Gill

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Just as with Armor Hunters:  Bloodshot this week, Armor Hunters:  Harbinger ratchets the action up to another level.  The blast that destroyed New Mexico City was just the beginning as the psiots quickly find.  The blast also left behind a pod that served as a nursery for some sort of flying alien monsters that are ready to bring even more havoc.  The action and art are both solid, but what hurts the book more than anything else.  A big chunk of the time is spent with our two Renegades that we know and love, as well as Chronus and Monica Jim, but the rest of Generation Zero are not fleshed out enough for us to really care about.  Plus lets face it, as much as I like Torque and Faith, the two just are not star material like their former teammates.    The final piece that brings the story down a notch is the unnecessary  side story having the President there.  He really is not bringing anything to the table and just distracts from the psiots that we really want to see in action.

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Title:  B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  Joe Querio

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With monsters still roaming the globe, Johann has set out to Japan to aid in the efforts there.  Instead of focusing on him, three members of his squad take the spotlight as they meet with three Japanese scientists that originally tell them they may have information to stop the monsters.  They had been studying an irregularity into another dimension for quite some time, but they just make it worse, as a giant, Godzilla size monster enters our reality.  There is a little to much explanation to the story, as it spends a majority of the time explaining the Japanese scientists story.  We keep getting teased about monsters, but it is not until the final page that we finally are given a payoff.  Yet now we have to wait until next week to so what comes from it.

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Title:  Brain Boy:  The Men From G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Freddie Williams II

Review:  ★★★★☆

Brain Boy comes to an end this week, at least for now.  We get a good dose of action as Matt has to fight off a possessed Faraday.  In the end it comes down to using his brain to outsmart his opponents, which in doing so allows him access to some pretty damning secrets from those he works for.  Which brings us back to where the first issue began, an assault on the White House, not to hurt the President as it seemed, but to save him.  After this though he has nowhere to go with finding out the lies Georgina had told him his whole life.  While the main story is resolved, there is plenty of story to launch the next mini series with.  Brain Boy has been a phenomenal series and we just hope it doesn’t take to long for us to see the next chapter, and where these revealed threads lead us.

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Title:  Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage

Artist:  Karl Moline

Review:  ★★★★☆

Even vampire slayers have day to day worries, such as living arrangements.  When Buffy and team look for a new place to stay, they find a building going for a great price, especially for San Francisco.  The only catch is that the building is supposed to be haunted.  The place is to good to pass up, but they find that the building is not haunted by ghosts, but a psychic monster that brings them into a world where they all get what is supposed to be their happy lives as teens.  Some of the characters fall into believing its real while others immediately know that it is fake.  It gives a great look into how far the characters have come and which are happier with their lives now compared to when they were younger.  You definitely cannot beat watching a teen Spike eviscerate his mother.  The issue was self contained which was a nice change of pace.  Reading it felt like sitting down and watching an episode on television, and it doesn’t get better than that.

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Title:  Dark Horse Comics Presents #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Geof Darrow, Frank Miller, Peter Hogan, Brendan McCarthy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Damon Gentry, David Mack

Artist:  Geof Darrow, Brendan McCarthy, David Mack, Steve Parkhouse, Andy Kuhn, Aaron Conley

Review:  ★★★★☆

Dark Horse Presents has returned after a small break and is back with a slightly new page format.  The new first issue proves why this is one of the best anthology series available on the market.  Every story inside is excellent.  To begin with, we get a brand new adventure of The Big Guy and The Boy Robot which is always a jot to read.  David Mack brings a new short story featuring his fan favorite creation Kabuki.  The four stories that make up the back-end of the issue are all new stories, one being self contained while the other three are just the beginning of their tales.  There is a little something for everyone inside, humor, action, science fiction, horror, and just plain bizarre with Sabertooth Swordsman.

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Title:  Eye of Newt #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Michael Hague

Artist:  Michael Hague

Review:  ★★★★☆

Newt’s magical journey continues as he and his companions continue their search for powerful elements for his and Morgan le Fay’s wands.  Morgan is the first to receive her element as the group is able to capture and kill a dark unicorn, an action that is not without its perils.  Newt requires the most powerful magical element which is the Dragon’s Eye, which is even more dangerous to obtain than the dark unicorn was.  The story continues to be a wonderful fantasy journey accompanied by Hague’s gorgeous art.  Only one problem I found with the issue is something that I have found with the previous two.  While tale is mostly a family friendly adventure, there seems to always be one part that is not quite appropriate, such as a scene involving Morgan.  Dark unicorns are attracted by the blood of virgins so Morgan strips herself, cuts hers arm, and lays in wait for one to approach.  We get two butt shots and one side-breast, which is an odd choice to show considering her age.  The scene has nothing sexual in nature to it, but I still can imagine someone taking issue with it.  With that aside, the tale is still electrifying and I cannot wait to see what twists Hague has in store for us in the conclusion next month.

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Title:  The Life After #2

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Gabo

Review:  ★★★★☆

Wow.  While I know this series would have a religious connection, hence the title, it is still going in a direction that I would never have thought.  The main character Jude, whose real name might actually be something else as we find out on the last name, has the after life explained to him by Ernest Hemmingway.  They are the only two who know where they are and what is going on, a place in the after life where all suicides are placed.  Jude is somehow different and can help the restless sould move on to, presumably, heaven.  Except for those in charge of keeping order don’t want someone throwing things into disarray and are hunting them.  The issue is an excellent look at the after life and throws a curve-ball on the final issue that I really didn’t see coming.  The does not even count the must bizarre version of God I have ever witnessed, if that is God that we’re seeing.  The book is definitely slightly strange, but has one of the most unique visions heaven, hell, and purgatory that I’ve seen.

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Title:  Star Wars:  The Darth Maul — Son of Dathomir #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Jeremy Barlow

Artist:  Juan Frigeri

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Going into the series, you knew there were not many ways things could end.  The beginning and middle were up in the air for how things would play out, leaving for plenty of excitement.  Not that we have reached the final, the reality hit us once again that we knew what would happen.  Dooku would not stay sided with Maul.  Dathomir would not get her revenge against Palpatine. The only thing we were not sure of was Maul’s eventual fate as he of course is never seen again in the films.  Instead of closing that door, they left it ambiguous.  Knowing the ending easily hurt any excitement in the issue, which really is no fault to Barlow and Frigeri.  What I wish they could have done is given us definitive closure on Maul, as with this being one of Dark Horse’s last Star Wars issues, this continuity is being brought to a close anyways.  Even with those complaints, we are happy that we were given a chance to see one of our favorite siths one last time, presumably, for a long, long time.

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Title:  The Strain:  The Night Eternal

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  David Lapham

Artist:  Mike Huddleston

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The Strain:  The Night Eternal is to be the final chapter for tale.  So far it is off to a slow start.  The story opens up by showing us a bit of the Master’s origins, while still keeping us mostly in the dark about him.  We do get a close look at just what a hell hole the world has become since the Master’s victory in taking over.  The world is much like life in Nazi Germany, as the story even mentions life is dreadful but the trains run on time under his order.  Our heroes have one last plan to try and save everyone from the vampires, but by the time we are reintroduced to the characters current status, there isn’t much room left for anything else.  Lapham did a good job in assembling the building blocks for the beginning of the end, just hopefully next month it gets kicked into the next gear.

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Title:  Witchfinder:  The Mysteries of Unland

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Kim Newman and Maura McHugh

Artist:  Tyler Crook

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Sir Edward Gray’s investigation into now two murders continues as he finds himself on the right track.  After finding he will not get any help from the local police or residents, he heads to the Poole’s house for dinner, were the mystery deepens.  In what started last issue, the story seems to be screaming at us who is the culprit behind the supernatural occurrences in the area.  Gray gets close to uncovering more, but stops right before he finds something fairly damning.  Most likely we will not know until the very end whether the witch is who the story is heavily pointing towards or if this is just a red herring Newman and McHugh are tossing us.  The first issue did not hook me as right away, but the creators have done a good job of reeling me in.  Make sure you are picking this up for an excellent super natural murder mystery.

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