One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 12/03/14

Best of the Week


angelandfaithseason10-9

Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #9

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Will Conrad and Michelle Madsen

Review:  ★★★★★

Even with all the best laid plans and intentions, both Angel and Faith’s seperate situations begin to go awry.  Things rarely go as expceted in this book, meaning every single issue you read is a going to be a welcome, satisfying surpise.


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Title:  God Hates Astronauts #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ryan Browne

Artist:  Paolo Rivera

Colorist:  Jordan Boyd

Letterer:  Chris Crank and Ryan Browne

Cover Artist:  Ryan Browne;  Paolo Rivera

Review:  ★★★★★

There is absolutely no book on the stands that makes me laugh more every month than God Hates Astronauts.  From start to finish it is a strange delight like no other that offers more insanity than you could think possible.


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Title:  ’68 Homefront #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Kidwell

Artist:  Kyle Charles

Colorist:  Jay Fotos

Letterer:  Tom B. Long

Cover Artist:  Nat Jones;  Christopher Shy

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Homefront wraps up this week, but in what feels like an odd stopping point that doesn’t quite feel like an actual end.  It certaintly has plenty of zombie fun and carnage that you crave with just about everyone meeting a grisly end.


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Title:  Alien Vs. Predator:  Fire and Stone #3

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Christopher Sebela

Artist:  Ariel Olivetti

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  E.M. Gist

Review:  ★★★☆☆

A more proper title for this book really should be Alien vs Predator vs human vs robot, as it really is turning into a four way, no holds brawl.  The characters all seem to keep making mistake after mistake that makes you wonder how they don’t learn, but in a massive fight story like this, I guess you can’t expect a whole lot of depth.


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Title:  Birthright #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Andrei Bressan

Colorist:  Adriano Lucas

Letterer:  Pat Brosseau

Cover Artist:  Andrei Bressan and Andriano Lucas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

As Mikey fights to free himself from the police, lines get drawn for his family.  It turns out to be an interesting issue with plenty of action and a little more of Mikey’s backstory, but it feels  little off that his mother doesn’t join them, while allowing her other son to go along for the ride.


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Title:  Chew #45

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Layman

Artist:  Rob Guillory

Cover Artist:  Taylor Wells

Review:  ★★★★☆

Many times a publisher will promise a shocking end to an issue, but how many times does it actually live up to the hype?  With emotions running high after last months brutal issue, relationships are put to the test and the ending is indeed mind blowing for any Chew fan.


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Title:  Eternal Warrior:  Days of Steel #2

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Peter Milligan

Artist:  Cary Nord

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Lewis Larosa;  Rafael Albuquerque

Review:  ★★★★☆

Tasked with protecting a baby that will one day become the savior of his people, Gilad faces a quandry when faced with choosing which is the savior from twins.  Things start to become morally ambiguous for the hero when years later it looks like he may have chose wrong, making he and us consider some tough choices.


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Title:  The F1rst Hero #4

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Anthony Ruttgaizer

Artist:  Phillip Sevy

Colorist:  Fred C. Stresling

Letterer:  Fred C. Stresling

Cover Artist:  Lee Moder

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Things get dicey for Jake when he tries to leave the super humans that saved him last issue, as they are not ready to let him go.  Being the “First Hero,” things go very wrong for him as this chapter comes to a close, but we are intrigued enough from this start to see where his journey to become a hero goes.


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Title:  Five Ghosts #14

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:  ★★★☆☆

Fabian Gray has four literary ghosts that he relies on, but he comes into a situation where he finally must give himself into the one he has avoided, Dracula.  It was nice to see him use his other ghosts this issue, especially his samurai side, but it should be even better to see him utilizing them all.


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Title:  Ghost #10

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:  ★★★★☆

Elisa thinks she has reconciled her former life with now being the Ghost, but this is causing her to push away her friends which after this issue she is going to need them more than ever.  It would have been nicer to have stayed away from the super natural aspect for just a bit longer, but either way this is an issue you do not want to miss.


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Title:  The Ghost Fleet #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Donny Cates

Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Letterer:  Chris Crank

Cover Artist:  Daniel Warren Johnson and Lauren Affe

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Ghost Fleet is like a old school Schwarzneggar or Stalone film; big, flashy, and outrageous, but lots of fun.  Trace begins his plans for revenge on his former friend and we can only imagine things are just going to get bigger and better.


 

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Title:  Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  Alex Maleev

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Alex Maleev;  Mike Mignola

Review:  ★★★★☆

Hellboy is finally back (even though this new ongoing series takes place in the past) and is looking better than ever with gorgeous art from Alex Maleev.  On his first official assignment, Hellboy is going to have to contend with gaining the respect of his peers while investigating a dark case as only the B.P.R.D. can.


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Title:  Rai #5

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment 

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Clayton Crain

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Clayton Crain;  David Mack;  Riley Rossmo;  Mico Suayan;  Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown

Review:  ★★★★☆

Having learned the truth of his existance and not lost his mind, Rai has begun trying to subvert Father while keeping his mind closed off.  It’s fascinating watching him having to act like the killing machine he was meant to be so he does not get discovered, leading to a very interesting path for Kindt to lead us on.


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