One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 02/04/15

Best of the Week


Title:  The Goon:  Once Upon A Hard Time #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Eric Powell

Artist:  Eric Powell

Cover Artist:  Eric Powell

Review:  ★★★★★

The final issue of the last volume of The Goon had us cursing for months, as we desperately wanted to see what happens next and what comes definitely does not disappoint.  The Goon is broken just like the enemy wanted meaning he is looking to bring his brutal vengeance to anyone he can, friends included, and once again we’re left cursing having to wait until next issue for more.


Title:  Postal #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins

Artist:  Isaac Goodhart

Colorist:  Betsy Gonia

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Linda Sejic;  Betsy Gonia;

Review:  ★★★★★

Postal is the best kind of new series, one that is very unassuming but then blows you away right out the door.  The star of the series is a fascinating character we cannot wait to see more of, a postal worker suffering from Asperger syndrome who narrates us through the town of Eden that has become a haven for criminals, but has zero tolerance for crime;  now a murder is going to shake things up more than the residents ever could have dreamed.

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Title:  Angel & Faith Season 10 #11

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Victor Gischler

Artist:  Will Conrad

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Scott Fischer;  Mike Norton and Mike Englert

Review:  ★★★★☆

Faith returns once more to Angel’s neck of the woods, but she’s not the only one as one of our favorite members of Angel investigations makes a reappearance, Fred.  It will at least take another issue for Faith to feel right being back in that setting, but most importantly, if Fred manages to stick around, could a resurrection of Wesley be to far off (we really want Wesley back!)


Title:  Birthright #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Andrei Bressan

Colorist:  Adriano Lucas

Letterer:  Pat Brosseau

Cover Artist:  Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Just when you think Mikey might actually be doing things for the greater good, it pushes back to show us that he could bring about the destruction of our world.  In one of the most interesting twists as the first arc closes, his brother receives the knowledge of his brother’s true purpose meaning that the two will eventually come to a head.


Title:  C.O.W.L. #8

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel

Artist: Rod Reis

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Trevor McCarthy

Review:  ★★★★☆

C.O.W.L. introducing the world to a unionized superhero force was already an interesting, fresh take on the genre, but now with the heroes on strike and villains being introduced just to show the world they need C.O.W.L., we’re getting into one of the best layers this series could offer.  The heroes are being pulled apart with the murder of John Pierce and those breaking the picket line, this will give us the perfect opportunity to examine just how “heroic” these characters are.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Tenth Doctor #7

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Robbie Morrison

Artist:  Daniel Indro

Colorist:  Slamet Mujiono

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Verity Glass;  AJ

Review:  ★★★★☆

If you happen to be someone who has never watched or read Doctor Who before, do yourself a favor and pick up this issue along with last month for the absolute perfect jumping on spot for the long running series.  Being stuck back in WW I already provides a fascinating setting for the Doctor to be in, but mixing in the Weeping Angels and possibly a new companion gives plenty of excitement and reason to naturally explain during the course of the issue why you should be a Doctor Who fan.


Title:  EGOs #5

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Stuart Moore

Artist:  Gus Storms

Colorist:  John Rauch

Letterer:  Rob Steen

Cover Artist:  Gus Storms

Review:  ★★★☆☆

EGOs makes its long-awaited return after a several month hiatus and jumps right in where we left off.  While things take a while to really get moving, it does serve as a great issue to jump back in or jump in for the first time with a recap of what has happened before and setting the stage for what is to come.


Title:  Ghost #12

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Chris Sebela

Artist:  Harvey Tolibao

Inker:  Keith Champagne

Colorist:  Dan Jackson

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Emanuela Lupacchino and Wes Dzioba

Review:  ★★★★☆

After losing one of her best friends, Elisa works her way up the food chain to find the man responsible for the trap that killed Tommy.  Mr. Parks death was truly inventive, if not fairly short considering the build up, but the issue works best in making Elisa finally come to terms with both her past, present, and how she lives her life from here out.


Title:  The Ghost Fleet #4

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:  ★★★☆☆

Trace and Ward’s past is revealed to us further, showing us the deep connection they use to have, but there are also plenty of WTF moments that will have you scratching your head.  We already knew after the first issue that there was something dangerous and possibly supernatural about the cargo in the trucks, but what Trace experiences this issue is much more than we’ve seen before, creating a jarring jump for the reader.


Title:  Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.:  1952 #3

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist:  Alex Maleev

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Alex Maleev

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After one of his new teammates tries to blow him up with a grenade, Hellboy takes most of the book off while the rest of the squad is assaulted by the monster that had been terrorizing the town along with a whole group of them.  There is plenty of action and dark secrets revealed, but putting Hellboy out of commission for a majority of the issue was a little disappointing, especially when we haven’t been given time to really understand the other B.P.R.D. members.


Title:  The Humans #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Keenan Marshall Keller

Artist:  Tom Neely

Colorist:  Kristina Collantes

Cover Artist:  Tom Neely

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Mixing Son’s of Anarchy with Planet of the Apes was already a strange concoction, but now drug running taking an emphasis and wild human cage fights make things even more bizarre than before.  With that said, The Humans still manages to be entertaining, mostly because of just how crazy of an idea it is.


Title:  Imperium #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  Brian Reeber and Dave McCraig

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Raul Allen;  Trevor Hairsine and Tom Muller;  Doug Braithwaite

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Imperium has us worried considering it will feature Toyo Harada in the lead role, a man who has been an interesting villain for the Renegades and other heroes, but someone we’re still not convinced can be the forefront of a title.  Luckily the first issue does show promise with the supporting cast, especially the robot with a heart, Mech Major, or Sunlight on Snow as he prefers , who steals the spotlight every page he is on.


Title:  Lady Killer #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Artist:  Joëlle Jones

Colorist:  Laura Allred

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Joëlle Jones

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While the kill was certainly thrilling as Josie lured in her latest target, we wish there would have been a little more development in her home life than there was.  Her boss and her next target both seem to want to test her loyalties between work and home, so hopefully we will see more of the Josie’s dual roles crossing paths next month as that is what could really make this series stand out if done properly.


Title:  Nailbiter #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Mike Henderson

Colorist:  Adam Guzowski

Letterer:  John J. Hill

Cover Artist:  Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski

Review:  ★★★☆☆

It’s hard to judge the man behind the abduction of the town children, a bus driver who doesn’t want to see the children he loves turned into serial killers.  Considering how he meets his end, he may have just been right, bringing a unique perspective of what you would do if you knew a child was destined for evil.


Title:  Nameless #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Grant Morrison

Artist:  Chris Burnham

Colorist:  Nathan Fairbairn

Letterer:  Simon Bowland

Cover Artist:  Tony Man;  Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Grant Morrison is known for making such elaborate, multi-layered narratives that it can be hard to judge how this series will be from just the first issue.  Still, as it stands Nameless tried to pack to many different ideas and genres into one issue putting it off to a rough start.


Title:  Oddly Normal #5

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Otis Frampton

Artist:  Otis Frampton

Colorist:  Otis Frampton and Tracy Bailey

Cover Artist:  Otis Frampton and Dani Jones

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Having a young character you like being completely trashed on throughout a title can be tough to stomach which is exactly the case with Oddly Normal this month.  Oddly continues to be the subject of ridicule, and possible real danger, from teachers and students at her new school with only a glimmer of hope coming from new friends who don’t get as much time with her as they should.


Title:  Penguins of Madagascar #3

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Jim Alexander

Artist:  Egle Bartolini

Inker:  M.I. Sanapo

Colorist:  Tanya Roberts

Letterer:  Jim Campbell

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Being a huge fans of the Penguins of Madagascar, the issue lacked the humor that made the films and animated series so interesting.  A clown dog is the newest addition to the Penguins current circus, but his plans to throw everything into chaos is just not as entertaining as we know this series can be.


Title:  Rat God #1

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Richard Corben

Artist:  Richard Corben

Colorist:  Richard Corben and Beth Corben Reed

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  Richard Corben

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

As excited as we had been about Rat God, we were highly disappointed to find that the first issue is a bit of a mess.  Events from the first half and second half seem loosely related so far making us wonder just what is going on.


Title:  Sheltered #14

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Ed Brisson

Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Colorist:  Shari Chankhamma

Letterer:  Ed Brisson

Cover Artist:  Johnnie Christmas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Sheltered begins coming to a close with the only realistic result for the children of Safe Haven after they took down a television newscopter.  The series could have come to a close with the final page here, but it will still be nice to see what happens to those that actually made it out alive.


Title:  Sinergy #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Michael Avon Oeming

Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming

Colorist:  Taki Soma

Letterer:  David Walker

Cover Artist:  Michael Avon Oeming and Emma Rios

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Sinergy continues to suffer from the same problem that it has had from the beginning which is shoving to many character threads into a five issue miniseries than it should.  The side story with the two police officers investigating the strange deaths has not had enough time to make them relevant to the story and the same goes for Jess’s mom Julia looking to get out of her marriage which has come to blow much to quick.


Title:  Stray Bullets:  Sunshine and Roses #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  David Lapham

Artist:  David Lapham

Cover Artist:  David Lapham

Review:  ★★★★☆

Every volume of Stray Bullets never fails to amaze with just how masterfully David Lapham can craft new characters and criminal narratives in just one issue to already have us hooked in.  Sunshine and Roses already has the perfect ingredients for a fantastic story of crime, love, and betrayal that you don’t want to miss.


Title:  Velvet #9

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Ed Brubaker

Artist:  Steve Epting

Colorist:  Elizabeth Breitweiser

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Steve Epting and Elizabth Breitweiser

Review:  ★★★★☆

We find out exactly just who the man Velvet helped escape from custody is, trying to keep him by her side is going to be more trouble than she imagined, especially as we learn he is not being fully truthful with her.  While no big mysteries are uncovered, we do find out more about the organization she worked for and just corrupt it is.


Title:  Wytches #4

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Scott Snyder

Artist:  JOCK

Colorist:  Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  JOCK

Review:  ★★★☆☆

While we had not been huge fans of the opening of this series, we are happy to say things started to turn around as the lore of the Wythches gets more fully explored in a terrifying way we hadn’t witnessed before.  Now that the truth is out there, Charlie is going to have to race to save his daughter, but how things are going there is a good chance he could be too late.


Title:  X-O Manowar #33

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Rafa Sandoval

Inker:  Jordi Tarragona

Colorist:  David Garcia Cruz

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Marguerite Sauvage;  Ryan Lee;  Chriscross

Review:  ★★★★☆

Allowing for breathing room between battling the Armorines and the next threat Dead Hand will bring, the latest X-O Manowar features Aric dreaming of his long deceased wife.  Its a quick one shot issue leading by the hand towards the next arc, but whenever we get to witness events from Aric’s past we are all in.


Title:  Zombie Tramp #7

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Jason Martin and Dan Mendoza

Artist:  Winston Young

Letterer:  Dave Dwonch and Jason Martin

Cover Artist:  TMChu and Dan Mendoza;  

Review:  ★★★★☆

Every issue of Zombie Tramp you think you have seen the most outrageous, gory death anyone could dream up.  Then every issue you come back surprised by seeing things such as someone getting their face shoved into a deep fryer or Zombie Tramp commanding an army of dead, ready to be processed chickens, to kill someone, all while reminding us why this title is one of our favorite guilty pleasures.


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