One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 09/17/14

Best of the Week

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Title:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon

Artist:  Rebekah Isaacs

Review:  ★★★★★

Just when I think Buffy cannot get any better than the previous week, it goes and tosses us this golden issue.  As the crew begins to move into their new apartments, Spike and Xander go out for a few drinks to commiserate the states of their love lives.  We get a huge sincere moment between the two as only the Buffy series could pull off, but it gets interrupted by two sirens looking for an easy snack.  This brings us to the more funny moments of the issue as the sirens get them to lose their clothe and perform some dances before dinner begins.  Luckily Xander has a certain ghost in his corner that can help the two break free from the mind control.  The series is always full of heart, but with no big bad ready to destroy the universe right at this moment, we are getting some of the best character interactions we could ever hope for.  The issue is top-notch and deserves to be on the top of your reading list this week.

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Title:  The Delinquents #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:   James Asmus and Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Kano

Review:  ★★★★★

In the first issue, both duos set upon a journey to find the lost treasures of the hobos.  Sometimes in these crossovers the writers wait way to long to have the character all meet, but luckily that is not the case here.  Fairly quickly into the book both groups meet up and a fight ensues.  Why do they fight?  As Woody points out “Genre cliché?”  Its small bits of humor like this that are sprinkled generously around the issue to make it one of the most fun books of the month.  The teams eventually realize that they’re all heroes and the fighting stops as they search for clues and drink some absinthe together.  Of course just because they stopped fighting does not mean that they’re out of danger as the Mondostano Corporation, whom hired Quantum and Woody, are on their trail leaving plenty of bodies behind.  The two series have such similar atmospheres that it is surprising that we haven’t had them join forces sooner.  That has now been fixed and we hope it never ends.


The Weekly Rundown

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Title:  Armor Hunters:  Bloodshot #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joe Harris 

Artist:  Trevor Hairsine

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After the explosive last issue, I came in this week with very high expectations for this book.  That possibly explains why I felt slightly disappointed.  M.E.R.O. has been evacuated, with the exception of two people left, Bloodshot and Malgam.  The fight between the two is pretty epic, but instead of showing off Bloodshot’s skills as with last issue, it seems to focus more on how much of a beating he can take while the nanites constantly put him back together.  Armor Hunters:  Harbinger was a tie-in that had very little to do with the actual event in the end, but at least it had a start and end.  Here it did a good job showing Bloodshot’s role during the event from the brief times we saw him, but it does not get a proper end.  Instead it seems as though this will finish in the Armor Hunters proper finale.  Instead of going out with a bang, it felt as though it was left on simmer.

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Title:  B.R.P.D. Hell On Earth #123

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  Joe Querio

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Lets get ready to rumble!  Do you want giant monsters battling it out in the streets of Japan?  You’ll get lots of that.  You want answers as to what’s going on?  You won’t find lots of that here.  The giant creature that came out of the laboratory last issue goes on a rampage, but not against the city.  Instead it goes right after the other monsters the B.R.P.D. had been trying to fight.  We get some hilarious moments in between the massive fight, such as the B.R.P.D. agents arguing over which monster to root for, or if they should even root for one or another.  It was a fun, but they tell you that perhaps no one will ever truly know what actually occurred to the death of the one person who might have had insight.  In the end it just felt like a cheap way to wrap things up without having to actually deliver the goods.

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Title:  Criminal Macabre:  The Third Child #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Steve Niles

Artist:  Michelle Madsen

Review:  ★★★★☆

Criminal Macabre is back with its latest installment.  Our hero Cal is slowly transforming into a monster like those he hunts and is finding it harder to keep control.  His temper is getting harder to keep in check, making him hurt those around him.  A new monster threat it brewing, forcing him to keep control.  Not only is this new monster something that needs dealt with, but a face from the past has makes a return.  The series makes a strong return, giving Cal plenty of inner turmoil to face while having some very real and dangerous monsters to face.  The coloring seems a little bright for the series tone, but it quickly won me over when the blood started splashing.  To make things even better, the last page reveal is going to keep us on the edge’s of our seats until next month.

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Title:  Eye of Newt #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Michael Hague

Artist:  Michael Hague

Review:  ★☆☆☆☆

The series was riding high with three fantastic issues, but instead of closing out on a high note, the finale dropped the ball.    Newt has obtained the Dragon’s Eye and makes his escape with the help of the merfolk and the wood nymphs.  When he finally makes it back to his friends, his true origin stands revealed while the Einholst is found to be not quite what he seems as he takes off without them.  Getting back home means getting help from some “friends” from the first issue.  The issue had several failures, stacked one after the other.  As Arthur managed to get back to his friends, it was a whirl wind trip that felt completely rushed, which was just the tip.  Once back with the Einholst and Morgan, Newt’s origin was nonsensical and  shoehorned in just as much as the Einholst quickly turning on them.  The help they received getting home was completely out of place, taking a jump to Vegas in a bizarre, one panel of time travel.  To wrap up the story, we get only a half a page of the two apprentices meeting with their masters to bring the story to a sudden, jarring stop.  I cannot remember another series that missed the mark at the end as much as Eye of Newt.  The only redeemable quality to the issue is Hague’s beautiful art.  Otherwise enjoy the first three issues and skip this.

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Title:  The Life After #3

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Gabo

Review:  ★★★★☆

If you weren’t certain of what was going on before, everything gets spelled out much more plainly.  Jude is the second son of God.  God is a weird flesh potato creature, for lack of a better term.  Jude helping those in purgatory move on is throwing a kink into the whole grand scheme of things and those in control want him stopped.  Except his powers are growing, meaning he is saving more and more souls.  When God’s men can’t stop him, they begin to look to “the man downstairs.”  The Life After is one of the strangest looks at religion since the flying spaghetti monster and we love it.  It’s unique, smart, and has Ernest Hemmingway.  You’ll love the book unless you find it sacrilegious.  Than you might want to stay away, but you’d be missing out.

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Title:  Witchfinder:  The Mysteries of Unland

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Kim Newman and Maura McHugh

Artist:  Tyler Crook

Review:  ★★★☆☆

As Sir Edward Gray gets closer to unraveling the mysteries of Unland, the serpents decide to strike.  Gray gets infected with their venom, but gets help from Horace Poole’s first wife Ada.  She knows all the secrets of the area and begins to fill him in, including an accident related to it all that befall Hallam as a boy.  While the full picture is not yet revealed, everything is coming together for the end.  One worry I have is that there is still to much to get through in just one issue left, but that remains to be seen next month.  The issue lacked a little punch after the initial fight, but that’s the price of getting answers.

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Title:  Unity #11

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:   Matt Kindt

Artist:  Stephen Segovia

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Watching Ninjak and Eternal Warrior working on cleanup duty has been a great time, especially as it has shown off just how awesome Ninjak is.  Four issues in though, now it is just feeling stale and repetitive.  As they arrive in Los Angeles, the Armor Hunters living ship GIN-GR has been taken down, but is still a threat as it unleashes numerous weaponized drones to destroy the city.  Ninjak again gets to be the star of the show as he remembers back to acquiring several pieces of hardware over the last 10 years that will work to destroy all the drones at once.  The issue was just not as good as previous issues have been.  It was more like filler until the final Armor Hunters showdown hits at the end of this month.  Unfortunately Unity has tied-in to the main event one issue to long.

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