One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 12/17/14

The Weekly Rundown


Title:  The Activity #16

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Nathan Edmondson

Artist:  Mitch Gerads

Colorist:  Andy W. Clift, Jon Scrivens, Joseph Frazzetta

Letterer:  Jon Babcock

Cover Artist:  Mitch Gerads

Review:  ★★★★☆

The Activity was superb this week as Team Omaha goes into Iran on an extraction mission that goes horribly wrong, having a member not making it back alive.  It was gritty and raw, like an exposed nerve from start to finish, making it hard to put down or forget afterwards.


Title:  Alex + Ada #11

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Letterer:  Jonathan Luna

Cover Artist:  Jonathan Luna

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Last month the two stars of the book finally put the baggage of the world behind them to begin their brand new relationship.  However the story is far from over, meaning no happy ending quite yet and a last page, knife turning twist that will genuinely have you worried about one of the characters safety.


Title:  Criminal Macabre:  The Third Child #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Steve Niles

Artist:  Christopher Mitten

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Justin Erickson

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Finally knowing and accepting who he is, Cal once again goes full force into the latest evil descending on Earth.  Everything gets resolved in the end including Cal’s decent into a monster (well, maybe) but it did seemed a little rushed, as if one more issue would have given more weight and justice to the story than it received.


Title:  The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #4

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Jen Van Meter

Artist:  Roberto De La Torre

Colorist:  David Baron

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Kevin Wada

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Shan and Hwen have finally been reunited, but to protect the Earth from a supernatural force from the other side, they may have to part ways forever.  The two competing stories in “the real world” and the other side hardly feel connected making the story feel a little messy, especially with only one issue left to wrap up everything.


Title:  Drifter #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ivan Brandon

Artist:  Nic Klein

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Nic Klein;  Becky Cloonan

Review:  ★★★★☆

While Drifter is still bit of a mystery and continues to add-on even more questions which typically can frustrate, it is actually giving us intriguing possibilities as to when is really going on.  It has a Borderlands meets time travel appeal that makes us excited to see what comes next.


Title:  Goners #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jacob Semahn

Artist:  Jorge Corona

Inker:  Steve Wands

Colorist:  Gabriel Cassata

Letterer:  Steve Wands

Cover Artist:  Jorge Corona

Review:  ★★★☆☆

A lot of time gets wasted showing us some of the Latimers ancestors and introducing new characters before really finishing fleshing out the cast we currently have.  It still manages to be an enjoyable read from some fun action packed moments and an ending you won’t see coming.


Title:  Harbinger:  Faith #0

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Robert Gill

Colorist:  Jose Villarrubia

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Joe Quinones;  Lucy Knisley;  Brian Level and Jordan Boyd

Review:  ★★★★☆

It’s hard not to really like Faith;  she’s the ultimate comic fan that one day found out she has powers and became a superhero.  In this prelude to her joining Unity, she finds out heroes can’t always have everything as she must give up her previous life before starting her new one.


Title:  Intersect #2

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ray Fawkes

Artist:  Ray Fawkes

Cover Artist:  Ray Fawkes

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

On one hand the recap for the first issue actually helps explain what the hell was going on in the first issue;  on the other hand going through the second issue, you still have yet another issue of not knowing what the hell is going on.  Fawkes painted artwork is unusual but stunning, making it just that more disappointing that the story is so hard to follow.


Title:  The Li’l Depressed Boy Vol 2. #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Shaun Steven Struble

Artist:  Sina Grace

Colorist:  Shaun Steven Struble

Letterer:  Shaun Steven Struble

Cover Artist:  Sina Grace

Review:  ★★★☆☆

No matter what, there can be no denying the Li’l Depressed Boy’s charm, but in single issue form over TPB it is more easily susceptible to a slow issue than most.  Not much happens here making it hard to heartily recommend;  it was still a good issue but if you miss it, you won’t have really missed that much.


Title:  Manifest Destiny #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Chris Dingess

Artist:  Matthew Roberts

Colorist:  Owen Gieni

Letterer:  Pat Brosseau

Cover Artist:  Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni

Review:  ★★★★☆

The history books never showed Lewis and Clark;  it’s not that the actual history of the two was not interesting the way it was, but watching them getting closer to the gates of hell adds an interesting dimension.  We find that Sacajawea has an ulterior motive in leading the group, but it’s one that first in perfectly with our completely flawed duo.


Title:  Rumble #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  John Arcudi and James Harren

Artist:  James Harren

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  James Harren and Dave Stewart;  Jamie McKelvie

Review:  ★★★★☆

What will make you want to pick up this series is the amazing art from Harren and Stewart.  Getting past that, Arcudi and Harren have together crafted the beginning of what is a dark super natural tale that is packed full of whimsy.


Title:  The Wicked + The Divine #6

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kieron Gillen

Artist:  Jamie McKelvie

Colorist:  Matthew Wilson

Letterer:  Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist:  Jamie McKelvie;  Matt Wilson

Review:  ★★★★☆

After the mind-blowing (literally in the case of one character) issue last time, it would be hard to expect the followup issue to deliver anywhere near as big of a punch.  It might not be as flashy, but watching Laura’s journey in trying to figure out what is next is equally entertaining, making it one of the best comics this week.


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