One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 11/26/14

Best of the Week


thedelinquents4

Title:  The Delinquents #4

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  James Asmus and Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Kano

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Paolo Rivera;  Cully Hamner;  Juan Doe

Review:  ★★★★★

If you thought The Delinquents could end in anything but absolute sublime madness and hilarity, then you don’t know Archer and Armstrong or Quantum and Woody.  The issue takes several twists and turns and features a menagerie of hobos and meat men;  so ask yourself how you could possibly pass this up?


Sex18_Cover

Title:  Sex #18

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joe Casey

Artist:  Luke Parker and Piotr Kowalski

Colorist:  Brad Simpson

Letterer:  Rus Wooten

Cover Artist:  Luke Parker;  Piotr Kowalski

Review:  ★★★★★

We get the all-encompassing origin of the Prank Master and it is much darker and cooler than anything you would expect from a character called the Prank Master.  As insane as he is, getting inside his head we get a clear, believable picture of his motivations causing us to keep our fingers crossed he will make a speedy recovery.


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aliensfireandstone3

Title:  Aliens:  Fire and Stone #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Chris Roberson

Artist:  Patric Reynolds

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  David Palumbo

Review:  ★★★★☆

Things go from bad to worse for the survivors as the aliens come to finish off the job they started, picking them off almost completely.  The other Fire and Stone series showed us that this crew was doomed from the start, but that doesn’t change the excitement of watching it happen or the interesting revelations of the black goo.


AmericanLegends04_Cover

Title:  American Legends #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bill Schwartz and Zachary Schwartz

Artist:  Studio Hive

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Studio Hive

Review:  ★★★☆☆

As our heroes near the end of their journey, they are not quite out of the woods yet, but find help from fellow American legend Johnny Appleseed.  While it still won’t blow you away, this tall tale knows what it is and enjoys itself in the process.


AmericanLegends05_Cover

Title:  America Legends #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bill Schwartz and Zachary Schwartz

Artist:  Studio Hive

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Studio Hive

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Davy, Mike, and Sally reach the end of their journey in saving Sally’s brother, but it still left room for one more helpful hand from Paul Bunyan.  The finale felt a bit rushed and anticlimactic considering all of the troubles they found on their way to this point, but ultimately you will be satisfied with where we leave our characters as they walk off into the sunset as all good legends should.


captainmidnight17

Title:  Captain Midnight #17

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Fernando Dagnino

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Michael Broussard

Review:  ★★★★☆

Captain Midnight has thrown himself back into being a super hero and quickly finds any semblance of a normal life is not going to be easy as it goes on a date which is interrupted by his old flame, dead sidekicks ex-wife, and villain.  It turned out to be a very humorous interaction which is why we love Captain Midnight;  it can balance the light moments just as well as the action into one of the most consistent book on the market.


colderthebadseed2

Title:  Colder:  The Bad Seed #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Colorist:  Eduardo Ferreyra

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Review:  ★★★★☆

In a somewhat surprising move, we see very little of Declan this issue with the focus instead going to the newest villain Swivel as he terrorizes Reece’s mind.  Swivel has a Freddy Krueger vibe to him, back when Freddy was actually scary, that makes you skin crawl while watching him delight in his cruel work.


conantheavenger8

Title:  Conan The Avenger #8

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Brian Ching

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Cover Artist:  John Picacio

Review:  ★★★★☆

Sometimes we forget that as clever as Conan is at war, he still is still fallible in losing the upper hand by making sloppy mistakes.  After last issue we already know where things are leading to, but the build up to it is a blast to watch.


COWL06_Cover

Title:  C.O.W.L. #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kyle Spencer and Alec Siegel

Artist:  Elsa Charretier

Colorist:  Rod Reis

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Joe Bennett;  Marcelo Mueller;  Rod Reis

Review:  ★★★★☆

Geoffrey Warner started everything and we now learn his full origin as the super hero the Grey Raven in an inspiring story.  The story telling is a throwback to the golden age, and does it better than most old school tales that I’ve seen in quite some time.


crimsonsociety2

Title:  Crimson Society #2

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Mike Hunau

Artist:  Carlos Trigo

Colorist:  Andrea Celesini

Letterer:  Deron Bennett

Cover Artist:  Calos Trigo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

We still have many answers coming out of the first issue, but instead of having anything cleared up we are just given more questions and characters.  Through flashbacks we do find out more about Jack and the reason he had to seek help with his werewolf problem, one that is compelling and heartfelt.


thef1rsthero3

Title:  The F1rst Hero #3

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Anthony Ruttgaizer

Artist:  Phillip Sevy

Colorist:  Fred C. Stresling

Letterer:  Fred C. Stresling

Cover Artist:  Lee Moder

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After trying to rescue a young man with super powers, Jake find himself in the middle of something much bigger than he planned on as a team of powered individuals come to both of their aid.  It had a few issues that bogged it down a bit such as losing focus from the main character himself, but the new team introduced were full of personality we wouldn’t mind seeing again.


fathersday2

Title:  Father’s Day #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Richardson

Artist:  Gabriel Guzman

Colorist:  Java Tartaglia

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: Keron Grant

Review:  ★★★☆☆

So far in a book about a retired mobster, his daughter has been the one who keeps getting them out of sticky situations, begging the question if she followed more in her father’s footsteps than we so far know.  Watching the two connect is touching, but it would feel more impactful if we really knew more about either characters so far.


haloescalation12

Title:  Halo: Escalation #12

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duffy Boudreau

Artist:  Douglas Franchin

Inker:  Rob Lean and Denis Freitas

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Letterer:  Michael Heisler

Cover Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Last week made it seem that a huge battle was drawing near based off the hidden Covenant base that the two Spartans found.  Instead we get a bit of a cluster of a finish that wraps quick and shows that the Spartans are just pawns to be used, one of the more interesting concepts to come out of the issue.


themassive29

Title:  The Massive #29

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Garry Brown

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  J.P. Leon

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

The Massive has only one issue left, so the Crash finally finishes its destruction and we see what sounds like the last of Mary.  As a series it has just never won us over and this issue does little to change our mind, even though we are left to wonder how everything will fall into place next month.


midnighttiger2

Title:  Midnight Tiger #2

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Ray-Anthony Height and Dewayne Feenstra

Artist:  Ray-Anthony Height

Colorist:  Paul John Little

Letterer:  Vito Delsante

Cover Artist: Ray-Anthony Height;  Mike Vasquez

Review:  ★★★★☆

Midnight Tiger is quickly becoming one of our favorite new super heroes as he reminds us of a Spider-Man for a new age, having fun while fighting crime.  We are introduced to a new super hero team that appear to want to guide him;  as interesting as they seem, we hope it does not take away from the focus of Midnight Tiger himself.


mindmgmt28

Title:  Mind MGMT #28

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Matt Kindt

Cover Artist:  Matt Kindt

Review:  ★★★★☆

After all of the mental abuse Meru has taken over the years, we now get to see her as almost a completely different person, one that is very powerful and confident, ready to bring the fight to Mind MGMT.  Watching her evolve over the series has been a joy and we could not be happier with her take no crap attitude now.


 

Odyc01_Cover

Title:  ODY-C #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Matt Fraction

Artist:  Christian Ward

Letterer:  ChrisEliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Christian Ward

Review:  ★☆☆☆☆

Fraction, whose work we typically enjoy, tries to style his writing as an old English style epic tale.  The result is to much of a mess for us trying to navigate the story with art work that is definitely colorful, but to crowded to follow.


planetgigantic1

Title:  Planet Gigantic #1

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Ray-Anthony Height and Dewayne Feenstra

Artist:  Ray-Anthony Height

Colorist:  Paul John Little

Letterer:  Vito Delsante

Cover Artist: Ray-Anthony Height;  Mike Vasquez

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The debut issue of Planet Gigantic throws the reader into the series, just as the characters are thrown into this new world.  It is hard to judge how the series will be or which direction it will go, but it does have some interesting ideas we are excited to see more of.


pop4

Title:  POP #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Curt Pires

Artist:  Jason Copland

Colorist:  Pete Toms

Letterer:  Ryan Ferrier

Cover Artist:  Dylan Todd

Review:  ★★★☆☆

POP had a chance to really delve into social commentary regarding pop stars, which it appears to strive towards, but never really hits the mark on this front.  It still offers an enjoyable story with a resolution that is still a little bizarre but still entertaining, such as with how our two main villains are last seen.


Rasputin02_Cover

Title:  Rasputin #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Alex Grecian

Artist:  Riley Rossmo

Colorist:  Ivan Plascencia

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Matt Kindt

Review:  ★★★★☆

Rasputin is turning out to be a fantastic tale, but this month’s issue felt way to rushed with an extended bar fight that went on several pages longer than it should have had.  The structure is otherwise spot on, slowly revealing us more of Rasputin’s younger life, meeting the friends that ultimately murder him.


RocheLimit03_Cover

Title:  Roche Limit #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Moreci

Artist:  Vic Malhotra

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Letterer:  Ryan Ferrier

Cover Artist:  Vic Malhotra

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The third issue brings us several big events as things get shaken up and a big return occurs.  More questions get piled on to what we already had to wonder, but the heated nature of things are making us think this is going to be the series to watch out for.


scumoftheearth3

Title:  Scum of the Earth #3

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Mark Bertolini

Artist:  Rob Croonenborghs

Cover Artist: Rob Croonenborghs

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Scum of the Earth features the most alien on trailer trash action you could ever want, just who would have thought would actually be entertaining outside of Jerry Springer.  True love prevails and worlds shatter in this finale that most probably keep you wondering how this was ever cooked up and why did you enjoy it so much.


Sheltered13_Cover

Title:  Sheltered #13

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Johnnie Christmas and Ed Brisson

Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Colorist:  Shari Chankhamma

Letterer:  Ed Brisson

Cover Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

With how well-organized and clever the survivalist children in Sheltered our, Brisson and Christmas can easily make us forget that they are kids.  We go through the entire issue seeing their one step ahead of the outside world until the end where we go back to realizing they are kids after all; impetuous and prone to mistakes, a mistake that looks to lead to their destruction.


 

Sidekick09_Cover

Title:  Sidekick #9

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  J. Michael Strazynski

Artist:  Tim Mandrake

Cover Artist:  Tim Mandrake

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Straczynski decides to let Mandrake take the reigns of the story in this months latest Sidekick, forgoing words as Barry edges closer and closer to his former mentor.  Action spoke louder than words in this issue anyways, showing the brutal lengths Barry is ready to go, leaving us wondering who will come out on top during the two’s soon to come clash.


sundowners4

Title:  Sundowners #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Tim Seeley

Artist:  Jim Terry

Colorist:  Sean Dove

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Chris Brunner

Review:  ★★★☆☆

When Sundowners released, the first issue was bizarre, but felt like something new that we hadn’t seen before.  Unfortunately the series really has yet to deliver on that promise, leaving us with what is becoming an average super hero tale that is keeping itself from rising above.


tombraider10

Title:  Tomb Raider #10

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Rhianna Pratchett and Gail Simone

Artist:  Nicolas Daniel Selma

Inker:  Juan Gedeon

Colorist:  Michael Atiyeh

Cover Artist: Andy Park

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The series is actually finally beginning to grow on me as the shadow of Yamatai seems to get further and further away, a step it has been longing for to set on its own adventure.  While the story might not have moved very far from beginning to end, every single page worked to remind us that Lara Croft is a major bad-ass, and that’s why we love her.


 

 

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