One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 11/05/14

Best of the Week


Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #8

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer, Will Conrad, and Madsen

Review:  ★★★★★

We’re still left wondering about Angel’s current mindset while being caught up in trouble as Faith works on redemption that is leaving others unimpressed.  The book is action packed and emotional as ever, being a perfect comic for anyone, regardless of you are a Buffy-verse fan or not.


Title:  God Hates Astronauts #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ryan Browne

Artist:  Ryan Browne

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Letterer:  Chris Crank and Ryan Browne

Cover Artist:  Ryan Browne and Chris Burnham

Review:  ★★★★★

The book features an incoming evil crab army, a pissed off ex girlfriend ghost, some astronauts sacrificed for the greater good, and sweet, beautiful cow love.  If that sounds like one of the most bizarre stories in comics, you’re absolutely right and we guarantee you will be in stitches all the way to the last page.


Title:  Punks:  The Comic #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Cover Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Review:  ★★★★★

What can be said about Punks other than the fact how off the wall and hysterical this series is.  Each page brings more and more crazy antics to the table and I just don’t want it to end.


Title:  Velvet #8

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ed Brubaker

Artist:  Steve Epting

Colorist:  Elizabeth Breitweiser

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Steve Epting

Review:  ★★★★★

Velvet has taken the fight back to her former employers and it is just as silky and action packed as you could ever hope for.  This is like a Daniel Craig James Bond film, sleeker and better in almost every way compared to what has come before, making this a book you cannot go without.

The Weekly Rundown


Title:  ’68 Homefront #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Kidwell

Artist:  Kyle Charles

Colorist:  Jay Fotos

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Nat Jones and John Gallagher

Review:  ★★★★☆

It’s fun to see the zombie apocalypse beginning in a different than usual setting, rural Canada.  If you’re looking for an old school zombie gore fest, ’68 Homefront is the book for you.


Title:  America Legends #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bill Schwartz and Zachary Schwartz

Artist:  Studio Hive

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Studio Hive, Stjepan Sejic

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

American Legends is an interesting concept, bringing together several historical figures such as Davy Crockett, Sally Ann Thunder, Marie Laveau, and others.  The first issue just doesn’t completely sell the concept, leaving us curious but as of yet unimpressed.


Title:  Alien Vs. Predator:  Fire and Stone #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christopher Sebela

Artist:  Ariel Olivetti

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Getting away from the fact the story this weaves out of is still not finished, the action ramps up for some brutal yet beautiful scenes.  It’s a shame that the Aliens equation of the title seems to be more tacked on as they have little to do but be background decoration for the predators, Elden, and Francis.


Title:  Artifacts #40

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ron Marz, Steve Fox, and Jim Mitchell

Artist:  ROM, Adalor Alvarez, and Fabian Quintero

Colorist: Eddy Swan 

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Artifacts brings us three new tales from the world of Witchblade, the first being the only memorable one as the others fail to leave a huge impression.  Each story boasts impressive art, but the final three short stories are just a bit bland in their actual tales being told.


Title:  Bloodshot #25

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Peter Milligan, Howard Chaykin, Duane Swierczynski, Duffy Boudreau, Justin Jordan, Daniel Kibblesmith

Artist:  Lewis LaRosa, Howard Chaykin, Manuel Garcia, Al Barrionuevo, Rafer Roberts

Cover Artist:  Lewis LaRosa, Al Barrionuevo, Rafael Albuquerque, Don Perlin, Bryan Hitch

Review:  ★★★★☆

In this blowout anniversary issue, the first story was easily the single best Bloodshot tale I have ever read, thrilling and heartbreaking down to the last line.  Unfortunately the rest of the stories, while entertaining, were still mediocre comparatively and felt more like filler than anything else.


Title:  Concrete Park #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

Artist:  Tony Puryear

Colorist:  Tony Puryear

Letterer:  Tony Puryear

Cover Artist:  Tony Puryear

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Concrete Park continues to be a beautiful dream, breathtaking art but the story goes in to many directions to be substantive.  Everyone in the series wants Isaac, but three issues in we’re still left scratching our heads and asking why.


Title:  The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #3

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jan Van Meter

Artist:  Roberto de la Torre

Colorist:  David Baron

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Travel Foreman

Review:  ★★★☆☆

So far three books in, last issue definitely felt like the weak link, as this month that book came back much stronger than it had been.  Mirage is facing enemies from both sides, alive and in the after life, making us really feel for her safety, especially after she comes closer than ever to finding her dearly departed husband.


Title:  Eternal Warrior #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Peter Milligan

Artist:  Cary Nord

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Bryan Hitch, Rafa Sandoval, Cary Nord

Review:  ★★★★☆

Gilad has fought many battles over the years, but we finally get a look back at one of his most interesting times when he had finally had enough.  The Geomancer is able to talk him into rescuing a baby who is to be a savior, and when unleashed, it truly is a beautiful thing, in big thanks to Nord’s fantastic art to savor.


Title:  Ghost #9

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Chris Sebela

Artist:  Harvey Tolibao

Inker:  Keith Champagne

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Emanuela Lupacchino and Wes Dzioba

Review:  ★★★★☆

While we have been enjoying Ghost, there can be no denying that the series and title character felt a little rudderless.  That all changes as Ghost, knowing fully well who and what she is, creates a brand new mission statement which as her kicking ass and talking names, ours included.


Title:  The Ghost Fleet #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Danny Cates

Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Letterer:  Lincoln Hawk

Cover Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Ghost Fleet is a mad scientists concoction of action, drama, revenge, and a big rig.  It something that is a bizarre mix, but one that has us strangely compelled wanting to stick around and see where this goes.


Title:  Hack/Slash:  Son of Samhain #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley

Artist:  Emilio Laiso

Colorist:  K. Michael Russell

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Stefano Caselli and Emilio Laiso

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The impossible odds that Cassie faced last month suddenly are not so impossible in an ending that felt way to easy.  We love Hack/Slash, but the series deserved a much better story, and enemy, than what was found here.


Title:  Humans #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Keenan Marshall Keller

Artist:  Tom Neely

Colorist:  Kristina Collantes

Cover Artist:  Tom Neely

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Who would have possibly thought blending Sons of Anarchy and Planet of the Apes together would have been a good idea?  Apparently Keller and Neely did, thankfully so, bringing us an odd premise that actually works better than one would have ever expected.


Title:  Imperial #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Steven T. Seagle

Artist:  Mark Dos Santos

Colorist: Brad Simpson

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Mark Dos Santos

Review:  ★★★★☆

Imperial originally seemed to be the story about the passing of the torch from the world’s greatest super hero to his new apprentice.  Instead it flipped things around showing that sometimes all the power in the world is not a good enough replacement for the one you love, pulling our heartstrings along the way.


Title:  Madame Frankenstein #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jamie S. Rich

Artist:  Megan Levens

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Madame Frankenstein continues to spin a new take off an established story, but just does can’t seem to reach the greatness of its inspiration. The series explores the worst sides of humanity through its characters, but the emotional impact that should be present just isn’t there.


Title:  Nailbiter #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Deciding to bring Brian Michael Bendis into the world of Nailbiter as himself is definitely a treat for the creators and readers, albeit off the wall and unnecessary.  What we get from it is not the best issue of the series, but still ultimately satisfying as being Bendis fans ourselves.


Title:  Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Stock

Artist:  Sina Grace

Colorist:  Tamra Bonvillain

Letterer:  Hope Larson

Cover Artist:  Sina Grace, Tamra Bonvillain, and Hope Larson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While not quite the same, Penny Dora  brings fond memories forth from our childhood of the excellent Indian in the Cupboard.  It is the start of a fantastical premise that is sure to please parents and children alike.


Title:  Real Heroes #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bryan Hitch

Artist:  Bryan Hitch

Inker:  Andrew Currie

Colorist:  Jeromy Cox and Laura Martin

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Bryan Hitch

Review:  ★★★★☆

The world is coming to an end faster than anyone could have imagined, as the Olympians finally find out there true purpose for being which throws us for a pretty big loop.  In this dire situations, the actors find their inner strength to do what they can to be real heroes, leaving us excitedly to watch them do what they can to save as many people as possible its over.


Title:  Ten Grand #11

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  J. Michael Straczynski

Artist:  C.P. Smith

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  C.P. Smith

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Ten Grand lost much of its steam as it heads into the home stretch, spending a big part of the story showing us that Joe know more about what was going on from the start than we thought.  Such a recap felt very unnecessary and more like a way to extend the issue out for a full twelve.



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