One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 12/10/14

Best of the Week


Title:  The Goon:  Occasion of Revenge #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell

Review:  ★★★★★

While we, as well as the Goon himself, have been looking one way at a physical war to control the streets, the whole time it was just a big diversion to break down the Goon’s soul.  Powell masterfully played us in this epic tale, while the only complaint we could possibly have is leaving us with a fade to black like The Sopranos finale, where we need to see what happens next, but are going to have to wait until the next volume to see how much damage has truly been done.


Title:  Itty Bitty Bunnies In Rainbow Pixie Candy Land Cock Fight

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Dean Rankine

Artist:  Dean Rankine

Cover Artist:  Dan Rankine

Review:  ★★★★★

Itty Bitty Bunnies is possibly one of the most strange and gross comics out there, and I love every minute of it.  During and after reading it, my mind felt violated in ways as never before, but I couldn’t stop myself from laughing.


Title:  Punks:  The Comic #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Cover Artist:  Kody Chamberlain

Review:  ★★★★★

How can you possibly pass up a book that features guest appearances by Sean Connery, the Baldwin brothers, and a fish Rick Remender?  The best answer is that you can’t, nor should you want to with how strangely fantastic this series is.


Title:  X #20

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Cover Artist:  Freddie Williams II;  Jeremy Colwell

Review:  ★★★★★

If you have a need for gritty, violent comics, every single week X will give you more of that than you could possibly hope for.  The Doctor thinks he has the upper hand against our dark vigilante, but who is he kidding;  of course he gets what he deserves which is a fiery, face melting death as it should be.

The Weekly Rundown


Title:  Bitch Planet #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist:  Valentine De Landro

Colorist:  Cris Peters

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Valentine De Landro

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Birch Planet comes at us fast and hard trying to tackle some bigger issues, which it hits and misses at times.  The series certainly opened up with an interesting note, but it wasn’t quite enough to sell the series for us yet.


Title:  Copperhead #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber

Artist:  Scott Godlewski

Colorist:  Ron Riley

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley

Review:  ★★★☆☆

In what is otherwise such an entertaining adventure, it is such a shame that Copperhead makes no progress in moving the story ahead this month.  Instead, we get another mystery surrounding the killer and setup for a confrontation for next time that is most likely a red herring we suspect.


Title:  Fuse #8

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Antony Johnston

Artist:  Justin Greenwood

Colorist:  Shari Chankhamma

Letterer:  Ryan Ferrier

Cover Artist:  Justin Greenwood

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

On face value, Fuse is a series that I really want to be enthralled by and enjoy, but the series has really yet to hit a stride.  The murder investigation ramps up, but its twists are not very exciting, and the characters continue to be uninteresting.


Title:  Peter Panzerfaust #22

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kurtis J. Wiebe

Artist:  Tyler Jenkins

Colorist:  Kelly Fitzpatrick

Letterer:  Ed Brisson

Cover Artist:  Taylor Wells

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Now that Peter’s back, he is trying to continue the fight, but has found that everyone’s not thrilled with seeing him again.  It is otherwise a fairly uneventful issue beyond Peter finding a few new recruits to help him in his resistance.


Title:  Prometheus:  Fire and Stone #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Paul Tobin

Artist:  Juan Ferreyra

Colorist:  Eduardo Ferreyra

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  David Palumbo

Review:  ★★★★☆

If you’ve been waiting for a giant massacre, this is the issue for you.  The previous Fire and Stone tie-ins already showed us who would survive the purge, but this is classic Alien action like we’ve wanted from the beginning.


Title:  Sex Criminals #9

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Matt Fraction

Artist:  Chip Zdarsky

Cover Artist:  Chip Zdarsky

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Sex Criminals can be quite a trippy experience, but things settle down just a bit as we learn the origin of Jazmine St. Cocaine and the beginning of her out-of-body experiences.  As interesting as that was, The Wicked + The Divine sex film was easily that best part from this month’s issue.


Title:  Sinergy #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma

Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming

Colorist:  Taki Soma

Letterer:  David Walker

Cover Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma;  Mike and Laura Allred

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While the world Oeming and Soma have crafted is fantastic, we are still left waiting to see more character depth and development for Jess and her father.  The foundation so far is very strong, they just need a little more focus on making us actually care about the main players for this book to really take off.


Title:  Southern Bastards #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jason Aaron

Artist:  Jason Latour

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  Jason Latour

Review:  ★★★★☆

In a very surprising occurrence, Aaron has not only made us feel pity for Coach Boss, but also allowed us to understand why he became the bastard he is today.  He still may be a villain type character for the story, but he is one with more depth than we ever would have thought.


Title:  Southern Dog #4

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Jeremy Holt

Artist:  Alex Diotto

Colorist:  Adam Matcalfe

Letterer:  Adam Wollet

Cover Artist:  Riley Rossmo

Review:  ★★★★☆

We get back to where we came in at the first issue, but by the time we get there, everything happens so fast it is a blur.  While the pacing kept this book from being perfect, Southern Dog still gave us one hell of a lead character and a strong message that resonates, especially now with the state of current events.


Title:  The Valiant #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

Artist:  Paolo Rivera

Cover Artist:  Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt;  Paolo Rivera;  Francesco Francavilla

Review:  ★★★★☆

Gilad takes the leading role here as we watch him time after time fail to stop the Immortal Enemy.  We get a lot of setup to the players who will be involved;  this keeps things just a little slow, but it’s enough to show us this event is going to be phenomenal, as if we had any doubts with Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera together.


Title:  Zombie Tramp #5

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin

Artist:  Dennis Budd

Cover Artist:  Dan Mendoza and TMChu;  Dennis Budd

Review:  ★★★★☆

Zombie Tramp continues to be a fun series that you don’t have to take too seriously, especially as she meets a werewolf for the first time and carnage ensues.  If you wonder why things happen in this book, you might not get very far, so its better to just sit back and enjoy the mayhem.



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