One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 10/22/14

Best of the Week


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Title:  Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christos Gage

Artist:  Rebekah Isaacs and Richard Corben

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Dave Sharfe

Cover Artist:  Steve Morris

Review:  ★★★★★

The book has been stolen.  Yes, the book that will control the future fate of all magic.  The wording of Willow’s spells that she put in place to protect the book technically allowed Andrew to walk out with it.  Now not knowing what nefarious plans he has for it, Buffy, Willow, and Spike go after him as he heads back to their old home, Sunnydale.  They begin to think he is planning on resurrecting his old friend Warren, but it turns out he wants to resurrect someone much more personal to him and Willow.  Not only are the three trying to track him down, but an ancient demon gets in their way, wanting Buffy dead.  Long ago a slayer slaughtered his family and now he is finally ready for his revenge.  The demon could have been just an unneeded extra but Gage humanizes him in a way that you cannot help but root for him just a little, even if that means killing Buffy.  Of course it wouldn’t be a Buffy book without some deep, emotional character moments, which Buffy and Spike share.  For all the self torment he now has with a soul, he finds that Buffy doesn’t blame him for his own or their shared history in a touching moment.  Another thrilling issue that should not be missed in Buffy’s latest season!


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Title:  The Wicked + The Divine

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Review:  ★★★★★

Every now and then you will come across a book that you really wanted to read, but just had not gotten a chance to check it out.  Then everyone tells you how amazing it is and you want to read it more but still haven’t gotten to it.  Then when you finally get to it, it either feels overhyped or blows your mind.  The Wicked + The Divine blows your mind.  Metaphorically and for a certain character, quite literally.  Lucifer, deciding to skip prison, starts to inadvertently cause destruction behind her.  The other gods and goddesses do not agree with her decision and stop her one way or the other.  Being Lucifer, she chooses the hard way.  The issue is absolutely spectacular as everything is firing on all cylinders and comes together.  Gillen crafts fantastic drama while McKelvie’s art is to die for.  Then just when you think you’re content and know what will happen next, Gillen and McKelvie flip the entire table over and change the game midway in.  If you have not started The Wicked + The Divine, now is the time to jump on board before you miss any more of this amazing story.


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Title:  Colder:  The Bad Seed #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★★☆

During October, you always expect that there will be some solid horror stories dropping into comic stores.  For this year, I had found myself feeling a little disappointed with this year’s offerings so far, that was until now.  Colder has returned and it is better than ever!  Declan has come out of the first Vol. a new, happy man.  He has a loving girlfriend, his own insanity is gone, and he spends his time curing others of their insanity.  Things are good, but of course that can never last.  A new madness has emerged, Swivel, a terrifying creature/man who harvests the fingers from his victims and has eyes on Declan for some unknown purpose.  The story itself is solid, but what really sends chills down your spine is the beautiful but horrifying art from Ferreyra.  He balances showing us the gruesome acts of Swivel while also cutting away when needed, which can be even more scary than seeing.  If you want to get yourself ready for Halloween, look no further than here.


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Title:  The Delinquents #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  James Asmus and Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Kano

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera, Khari Evans, and Juan Doe

Review:  ★★★★☆

The closer the four get towards the hobo treasure, the worse things get for them.  After being ambushed at Old Macdonald’s farm, they think Stano’s animal/plant/man muscle has been taken care of, but soon down the line they find out they were very wrong.  Now the race is to see who can get to the treasure first, our heroes or Stano and his company.  If you’re looking for some good laughs, you’ll get plenty this week.  Some of our favorite moments include Armstrong not being able to remember what Stano has against him since he spent most of his life drunk, a hobo feast featuring animal/plant/man, and learning why you should never pee from atop a moving train when the door is open below.  The action itself felt a little congested at points, especially when Kano uses 20 panels on a page.  Sometimes they melt together and look amazing as one large picture, but other times it can be a bit hard to follow.  Regardless of any small problems, you want this book for the humor, and you’ll surely get plenty of it.


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Title:  Father’s Day #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Richardson

Artist:  Gabriel Guzman

Colorist:  Java T

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: Keron Grant 

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Silas use to be the Eastside Butcher, one of the mobs deadliest killers.  That was many years ago though, and now he has found peace in a secluded seaside home by himself.  His peace, however, is shattered when his daughter, Denise, tracks him down after her mother has recently passed away.  Believing her father simply skipped out on them, she does not realize the true reason he had to leave.  In the course of her search, she raised the eyebrows of some very dangerous men and now the two must stick together to survive.  You can see that a little of the “Eastside Butcher” is in Denise when she has to defend her now pacifist father.  The question is, will Silas revert back to his old ways to protect the two of them?  Opening the issue, you have to be ready to jump into the story running.  We’re thrown very quickly into everything which is a little jarring.  It would have been nice for us to have been introduced to Silas a bit more from the start, but it does have the upside that we don’t have to wait for the second issue to get into the action.  The series definitely has potential, but it needs just a tad more personality than it had here to really take off.


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Title:  Goners #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jacob Semahn

Artist:  Jorge Corona

Colorist:  Gabriel Cassata

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Goners takes us into the world of the Latimer’s a family that has protected the world from the occult for centuries.  Instead of bringing us into their origins, we are thrown right into their ending.  Evelyn and Raleigh are in the midst of a supernatural attack.  They fight with the confidence that they know they’ll win, except this time they don’t.  Both are killed, much to the horror of their two children Zoe and Josiah who witness it on the live on the news.  Now a force is out to kill the two remaining, with only their family friend Francis and a detective to protect them.  It’s an odd perspective to be thrown into, but this will obviously be the story of Zoe and Josiah Latimer, so the quick passing of the torch works.  What this causes however is a lot of questions.  We’re in a brand new world of supernatural, so you are forced to pick it up as you go.  Not only this, but the characters themselves are still a bit of a mystery.  Francis for example, it never really states his relation to the family or what type of abilities he has.  Perhaps these are questions that will still be answered, perhaps not.  Either way Goners has us intrigued enough to be excited for the next issue.


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Title:  Halo:  Escalation #11

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duffy Boudreau

Artist:  Ricardo Sanchez

Inker:  Rob Lean

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Anthony Palumbo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With Master Chief back out of the way, we launch into a new arc bringing us back to Ray and Thorne.  The two are brought in to investigate a mysterious new bioweapon on a planet that once served as a major hub for the covenant, but now is mostly deserted.  Except their simple mission turns much more complicated than anyone could have imagined when they find the planet is not so deserted after all.  Both Ray and Thorne come off as not the best of the best when it comes to Spartans, especially when it comes to Thorne.  For elite soldiers, maybe there is a little to much of humanization going on.  The issue just ended up a little to predictable in the end, as who couldn’t see the that the mission would go wrong from the start.  In the end its something Halo fans will enjoy regardless, but everyone else its just a maybe.


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Title:  Predator:  Fire and Stone #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Chris Williamson 

Colorist: Dan Brown

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: Lucas Graciano

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Dark Horse continues to jump the gun a bit here as terms of timing with this issue, but compared to last weeks Fire and Stone, things are at least not as jarring.  This takes place directly after Aliens Vs. Predator:  Fire and Stone #1 as Galgo has seemingly left the aliens and predators behind.  What he doesn’t realize is that one of the predators decided to stowaway on his vessel.  Awakening two of his crew from cryo sleep, they go on a hunt.  Problem is, you shouldn’t try hunting a hunter and things go very badly for them all.  Unlike the Aliens Vs. Predator issue, this felt much more accessible if you were jumping in for the first time.  You simply get three men going in thinking they can take on anything and finding out how wrong they are.  It still is a bit odd to have all of this coming out before the opening miniseries this follows has even finished, but it was still a fun issue for some good old fashion predator violence.


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Title:  Starlight #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist:  Goran Parlov

Colorist:  Ive Svorcina

Letterer:  Marko Sunjic

Cover Artist:  John Cassasdy and Cliff Chiang

Review:  ★★★★☆

Starlight draws to a close this week as Space-Boy and the leaders of the rebels find themselves ready to be hanged by the Brotean regime.  Duke, proving to be ever the resourceful hero is able to escape the pit of the vanquished to make it in time for the rescue and final confrontation.  Once the people see the hero of legend fighting against their oppressors, it is a rally to battle as everyone picks up arms.  Starlight has had such an old school charm that it is sad to see it over already, but it was a fantastic ride.  The ending gets a little over-sentimental and over the top, but it does leave you with a warm feeling that Duke, a hero we just met but already admire, was able to save the day again and finally get a little bit of the recognition and respect he deserves.


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Title:  Stray Bullets:  Killers #8

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  David Lapham 

Artist:  David Lapham

Cover Artist: David Lapham

Review:  ★★★★☆

The twisted and tragic tale of Virginia and Eli take an even greater turn for the worse.  The two are back home but further apart from each other than ever before.  While Virginia decides what to do as they are split, the story puts most of the focus on Eli.  His cousin Adam talks him out of the house, telling him it will help forget about Virginia.  Only Adam has a much darker ulterior motive; he wants Eli to take his girlfriend Jane to the local abortion clinic, against her will.  Knowing Jane does not want to give up the baby, Eli sneaks her away to somewhere he thinks they can lay low.  Unfortunately, trying to protect her, he puts both in a great danger that only Virginia can get them out of.  It surprises me every time I read Stray Bullets just how raw and emotional it can be.  Both Virginia and Eli are severely flawed and continue to make mistakes that puts them into worse situations.  As bad as things get, Lapham still makes everything feel completely natural.  After this issue, can either character come back from this?  While it is hard to say, I cannot wait to find out.  Lapham has me hooked and I’m just waiting to be reeled in as the story comes closer to the end.


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Title:  The Terminator:  Enemy of My Enemy #6

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Dan Jolley

Artist:  Jamal Igle

Inker:  Ray Snyder

Colorist:  Wes Dzioba

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: Jamal Igle 

Review:  ★★★☆☆

If this series has taught us anything by the end, it is that terminators always keep their promises.  Well, in the few occasions when they would be making them, which is probably not very often.  Dr. Fong and Greene think they’ve managed to escape the terminators grasp as they fly away towards Greene’s employers.  They find out there are quite mistaken as te terminator flies another plane into theirs, forcing them to parachute out.  With a plane collision still not being enough to destroy the machine, it begins a rampage in the nearby city that Greene feels responsible for.  Sending Dr. Fong away, she goes to confront the terminator one last time.   The book never attempted to be more than what it is, a big fun action tale featuring a terminator.  If you want more than that, you might not enjoy what you find here.  If you take it for what it is, it actually was quite an enjoyable story that may surprise you along the way.


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