August’s Must Own Comics

This is a compilation of the nine books that received a five star rating from us during August.  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 #5

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Derlis Santacruz

Review:  ★★★★★

The book reverts to an Angel perspective for this week as Faith takes a breather from the title.  That’s not a large problem though as Angel has found himself in a very intriguing story that takes the full issue’s attention.  The rules of magic being unwritten in Buffy finally catches up to us here as Angel finds a vampire who can go out into the sun long with a few other nifty power.  While Angel investigates this, he also has a dream about killing a nun and burning down a church as Angelus.  Only at the end of the issue, he finds that it actually may have happened as he stumbles upon firefighters containing the fire from the church.  Whether it happened or not, we are sure to learn soon, but it is keeping us on the edge of our seat.  It was also a welcome addition to see the events of Buffy crossing over into the book, even though it appears we may have awhile before the two meet again.  This new story does have the potential to finally bring Angel and Faith back together which would be welcome.  Another great issue from Gischler and co!


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.


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.


Title:  The F1rst Hero #1

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Anthony Ruttgaizer

Artist:  Phillip Sevy

Review:  ★★★★★

Action Lab Entertainment has a very busy week, releasing three brand new series at once.  Midnight Tiger and Southern Dogs were both solid reads which you can see our reviews for as well.  As good as those were, The F1rst Hero was easily the best of just about everything that released this week as Ruttgaizer has created one of the most unique ideas I’ve seen for awhile.  In the world of The F1rst Hero, events played out similar to our worlds, until John Hinckley Jr. decided to try and assassinate President Reagan.  Instead of using a gun in the attempt, he was the first individual to develop super powers.  Others slowly began to develop super powers but it was the same every time, once they developed powers something about it drove them insane.  This brings us the what we assume will be the first actual hero, Marine Jake Roth.  Stationed in Afghanistan, he is nearly ready to be shipped back home when a sniper kills his friend.  Against orders, in his rage he charges up through the building the sniper was perched in.  He gets overwhelmed by rebel soldiers when he gets up top, but just as he is about to be shot in killed, he begins developing fire based super powers,  While he gets out of that situation, on his way out he gets surprised by a gun handle to the head and is taken prisoner.  When he wakes about he realizes that he is about to lose his head in a terrorist recording, so he focuses his powers and is able to overtake his captors.  As far as he can tell as well, he has not started to drift into madness as the others before him have.  The premise is great right from the start even though it raises many questions it may not be able to answer, as why others have lost their sanity and Jake has not.  We really do not need to know everything though as the action is bountiful and the art is excellent from Ruttgaizer.  Will the world turn against Jake or for the first time ever welcome a super powered individual?  I for one can’t wait to find out.


Title:  Harbinger:  Omegas #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Rafa Sandoval

Review:  ★★★★★

Harbinger has come to a turning point in which after Omegas, nothing will be the same.  In the last issue of the Harbinger proper series, Toyo Harad a began his assault on the world and now he stated his intentions publicly by attacking the battleship he was to surrender at.  The scene really shows just how powerful his psiot army and he really are, especially as he dismantles an incoming warhead piece by piece in an amazing panel from Sandoval.  The question remains whether the Renegades will be able to come together to stop Toyo.  While it’s a safe bet to assume they will, if and when that happens is a long way off.  Kris found out that you can never go back home as when she attempts to, she is arrested and held for questioning about Peter’s location.  Peter himself is not in the best mental state as he tries to hide away while projecting manifestations of two of his deceased friends to talk to.  Our hero’s have hit rock bottom at the worst possible time, but there is still a job for them to finish which we can’t wait for.


Title:  Pariah #7

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt

Artist:  Brett Weldele

Review:  ★★★★★

The question of whether Maudsley was a manipulative jerk gets answered fairly quickly this month, only he comes off much more so than we could have ever thought.  While Lila gets a new timetable in place for the Vitros to leave Earth once and for all, Maudsley and Hyde try to make contact with their source so they can give the cure to humanity.  Except their source never arrives and the two are taken in by Hyde’s powerful parents.  With that, Maudsley makes a play using Hyde’s life as a game piece to consolidate considerable power for himself.  The Vitros could trust everyone below on Earth, and now it looks like they might be pulled apart by themselves.  Pariah gets much less attention than it should as it consistently is one of the best books being put out on stands month after month.


Title:  X #16

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Review:  ★★★★★

Whenever it’s time to read the newest issue of X, I admit I get a little giddy with excitement.  No other series has the hardcore, pulse racing action that X does.  This week is no exception.  Our hero faces off against his latest threat Peter Winter aka Archon, a villain that believes X to be someone else.  The battle is brutal, but only for X.  You can’t help feel sorry for him, coming back from being captured and tortured, only to be broken once more.  Yet, I love every minute of the bone breaking goodness.  Part of it is the wonderful story Swierczynski is telling, part is from the gorgeous art Nguyen provides us, penciling our bloody and beaten hero.  If you like your comics dark and gritty, you have no excuse not to be picking this up.


Title:  X-O Manowar #28

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Diego Bernard

Review:  ★★★★★

The exploration of the Armor Hunters continues into its third chapter in the pages of X-O Manowar this week.  We get glimpses of their upper command structure destroyed, but we also see Reebo’s fateful mistake that caused Malgam to be infected by an armor they were hunting.  Focusing on the Hunters has been a smart choice as even though it means Aric has been absent from his own book for the last three months, we really are getting an in-depth look at the two main driving forces of the event, Reebo and Malgam.  It really gives humanity to both characters as they try to contain something much greater than themselves.  Reebo specifically shines, showing a man trying to save his best friend, rather than the mysterious villain hellbent on destroying Earth in the main event book.  This is an essential tie-in that you really need to be reading for the full Armor Hunters experience.

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