One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 11/12/14

Best of the Week


Title:  Grendel Vs. The Shadow #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Matt Wagner

Artist:  Matt Wagner

Colorist:  Brennan Wagner

Cover Artist:  Matt Wagner

Review:  ★★★★★

Grendal Vs. The Shadow gives the world of comics an example of how to perfectly nail a comic book crossover while respecting both source materials.  The final issue caps off a fantastic, twisting story that is easily one of the best pulp stories put out this year.


Title:  X #19

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Freddie E. Williams II and Jeremy Colwell

Review:  ★★★★★

Last time we found X, he had just escaped a long period of being captured and skinned, not in the best condition of his vigilante career.  Flash back, we get to see his brutal, glorious escape and it is every bit as amazing as one could possibly have hoped for, again and again proving this is the book not to miss every month.

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Title:  Alex + Ada #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Cover Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Review:  ★★★☆☆

It has been a long time coming, but Alex and Ada find their way back to each other and finally accept their relationship.  It has been an emotional journey, which teases show is not quite done, but watching the two come together against all odds is one of the most heartwarming moments in comics this week.


Title:  America Legends #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bill Schwartz and Zachary Schwartz

Artist:  Studio Hive

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Studio Hive

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Now being a second issue in, American Legends appears to be finding its legs in a much better outing this week full of much more excitement.  Even more historical figures are added to the mix as the heroes of our story continue their journey, but find they are already one step behind the Lafitte gang and Marie La Veau.


Title:  Archer & Armstrong:  The One Percent #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Ray Fawkes

Artist:  Joe Eisma

Colorist:  Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Juan Doe and Rian Hughes

Review:  ★★★★☆

Spinning out of Archer & Armstrong, their villains the One Percent get their own spinoff this week in an extremely satisfying, humorous tale.  They get a much-needed upgrade, which in this new form, I really hope we see again sooner rather than later


Title:  Copperhead #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber

Artist:  Scott Godlewski

Colorist: Ron Riley

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist: Ron Riley

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The murder investigation continues, with at first, seemingly no progress being made which leads to a slightly flat narrative.  We also get to learn a bit more about Zeke’s hero from last issue, who interestingly enough, may not be as much of a hero as he’s portrayed as he seems closely tied to the investigation.


Title:  Dark Ages #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Dan Abnett

Artist:  I.N.J. Culbard

Cover Artist:  I.N.J. Culbard

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Dark Ages remained entertaining this week as the mercenaries with their upgraded leader took on the alien invasion and won.  Sadly it felt just a little to convenient in the way which they did win the battle, avoiding going a different route which could have been much more memorable.


Title:  Death Vigil #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Stjepan Sejic

Artist:  Stjepan Sejic

Cover Artist:  Stjepan Sejic

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Maria gets her audience with evil and convinces it to fully reveal itself to the world in an effort to draw the entire Vigil out.  It of course works, leaving everyone out in the open, in a trap that is sure to fall onto them next month.


Title:  Drifter #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ivan Brandon

Artist:  Nic Klein

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Nic Klein, Esad Ribic, Cliff Chiang, and Jason Latour

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After reaching the end of the first issue of this new ongoing series, I still have completely no idea in what direction the story will be going.  It definitely has an interesting beginning, but it has to many questions to start off with, as if we were dropped into a world that we should already be familiar with.


Title:  Grindhouse:  Drive In, Bleed Out #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Alex de Campi

Artist:  R.M. Guera

Colorist:  Giulia Brusco

Cover Artist:  R.M. Guera

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The last chapter in Grindhouse left on a high note, but coming back the latest story is not as quick to impress.  The humor is not here and the scares are lacking, leaving me disappointed but still hopeful that Campi will turn things around and bring it to the level Grindhouse had been running at.


Title:  Prometheus: Fire and Stone #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  David Palumbo

Review:  ★★★★☆

Everything is in full swing in the Fire and Stone saga this week, bringing us the most exciting and action packed issue of the event.  Elden has turned full psycho, Galgo has left the planet not knowing what danger is about to befall his crew and him, and aliens are set to wipe out the survivors left behind, it doesn’t get much better than this.


Title:  Q2:  The Return of Quantum and Woody#2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christopher Priest

Artist:  M.D Bright

Colorist:  Allen Passalaqua and Kyle Ritter

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  MD Bright, Tom Raney, and Bart Sears

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We learn a little bit more about the duo that have taken over the Quantum and Woody personas as well as more about the latest villain Koro, whom they faced last month.  Otherwise, information is all we get as the book skips much forward momentum that it really needed to be a standout.


Title:  Resurrectionists #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Maurizio Rosenweig

Colorist:  Moreno Dinisio

Letterer:  Nat Piekos

Cover Artist: Juan Doe

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Resurrectionists came out of the gate with a solid beginning from an intriguing premise and equally intriguing lead.  The only complaint really to be had is with the first three page opening featuring a character and a mission we know nothing about, without ever giving us a payoff at the end as to what was going on there.


Title:  Unity #12

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  CAFU with Trevor Hairsine

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Brian Level, CAFU, John Rauch, Dylan Todd, and Raul Allen

Review:  ★★★★☆

This issue is all about team building;  the Unity team forming together after their big reveal announcement to the world after the Armor Hunter event and the rest of the world responding with its own super team to take them down, the United.  While otherwise a slow build up, it stays enthralling with excellent interactions between Gilad and Ninjak, a seriously bad-ass looking super villain team for our heroes to face, and one of the best reactions of joining a super hero team you will ever see by super hero and fangirl herself, Faith.


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