One, Two, Kapow Comic Reviews 02/11/15

Best of the Week


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Title:  Doctor Who:  The Eleventh Doctor #8

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Al Ewing

Artist:  Warren Pleece

Colorist:  Hi-Fi

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  Boo Cook

Review:  ★★★★★

With crisis popping up in every direction, it’s actually up to the Doctor’s two companions to save the Earth from a war between a bird like alien race and, in a hilarious irony, a hamster like race.  There is plenty of dramatic moments to emphasis with the group, especially with the mental anguish Alice is forced to endure, but we still get to the finish mixed with light-hearted moments that only Doctor Who can perform.


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Title:  X #22

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Duane Swierczynski

Artist:  Eric Nguyen

Colorist:  Michelle Madsen

Letterer:  Richard Starkings

Cover Artist:  Rafael Albuquerque

Review:  ★★★★★

While X always gets into situations that leave him a little worse for the wear, it’s always to save his precious city.  The issue packs all of the glorious action we expect from the series, but it also has one of its most heart wrenching moments after the Archon and the Mark’s destructive battle as X sees he has failed Arcadia, but promises to never fail again.


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Title:  Abe Sapien #20

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Mike Mignola and Scott Allie

Artist:  Max Fiumara

Colorist:  Dave Stewart

Letterer:  Clem Robins

Cover Artist:  Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The action takes a break as we see the end of the world from the point of view of a child who at this point can remember nothing else.  The issue feels a little slow at points, but it captures Megan’s lost innocence perfectly through her talk with Abe.


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Title:  Crimson Society #4

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Mike Hunau

Artist:  Carlos Trigo

Colorist:  Andrea Celestini

Letterer:  Deron Bennett

Cover Artist:  Carlos Trigo

Review:  ★★★☆☆

After finding his new enhancements wrecking havoc on his life, Jack finally comes to face the man who forever changed him.  In the end James was a bit of a push over in terms of grand villain, but the real focus was Jack finding the control he desired, only to accidently do what he always feared in a heart breaking end.


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Title:  Divinity #1

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Trevor Hairsine

Inker:  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  David Baron

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Trevor Hairsine

Review:  ★★★★☆

In Valiant’s latest series, we get the full back story on David and what has led him to become “different” and a little about the Abram who will most likely become integral to David’s arrival home.  While we really like the narrative they are building towards, it never actually gets us far into what David coming back to Earth means


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Title:  Ehmm Theory:  Everything and Small Doses #4

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Brockton McKinney

Artist:  Larkin Ford

Colorist:  Aimee Hanchey

Cover Artist:  Larkin Ford

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Ehmm Theory is such a bizarre title and the finale to the latest volume does not deviate from the craziness.  Even with the strange nature of the book, we still found the evil Dominika’s dialogue a little off, but with that small complaint aside, there it still plenty of fun with a killer assassin monkey to warrant your attention.


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Title:  Elephantmen #62

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Richard Starkings

Artist:  Axel Medelin

Cover Artist:  Boo Cook

Review:  ★★★★☆

If you have been following Elephantmen, this is one of those game changing issues that you will not want to miss.  As all the secrets come out in the open, several characters do not make it out making us curious as to how any of those who survived will be able to move on from this devastation.


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Title:  The Empty #1

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jimmie Robinson

Artist:  Jimmie Robinson

Cover Artist:  Jimmie Robinson

Review:  ★★★★☆

Jimmie Robinson’s The Empty packs a lot into just one issue by developing a strange world and interesting characters, well making sure to never feel rushed.  The story feels like the latest adventure game you would be playing, but with the beautiful art we’re more than happy to sit back and read rather than play.


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Title:  Five Ghosts #15

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Frank J. Barbiere

Artist:  Chris Mooneyham

Colorist:  Lauren Affe

Cover Artist:  Chris Mooneyham

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Five Ghosts takes one of its best matchups possible by having Dracula take over Fabian to face Van Helsing.  The fight takes up a majority of the issue causing it to feel even shorter than normal in 23 pages, but the cliff hanger will surely get you hooked for next month.


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Title:  Ghosted #17

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Vladmir Krstic Laci

Colorist:  Miroslav Mrva

Letterer:  Rus Wooton

Cover Artist:  Dan Panosian

Review:  ★★★☆☆

There is a lot of preparation that takes place this month as the “team” prepares to face Markus and stop his plans.  Things turn out much more complicated than they seem when one of them turns out to be working for Markus, a great twist that you won’t see coming.


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Title:  Morning Glories #43

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Nick Spencer

Artist:  Joe Eisma

Colorist:  Paul Little

Letterer:  Johnny Lowe

Cover Artist:  Rodin Esquejo

Review:  ★★★★☆

Ike takes the cover this month rightfully so as this is all about discovering more about this otherwise arrogant, mostly self-serving character.  He goes through a fairly quick transformation that is lots of fun to watch and somehow feels quite natural.


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Title:  Prometheus: Fire and Stone Omega

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist:  Agustin Alessio

Letterer:  Nate Piekos

Cover Artist:  David Palumbo

Review:  ★★☆☆☆

Serving as a finale for all of the Fire and Stone series, we actually learn very little compared to what was already presented and very little changes for our surviving characters.  We assumed more would be wrapped up than what actually happens, leaving us pretty sure this entire issue was unnecessary, beyond wrapping up one characters arc.


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Title:  Q2:  The Return of Quantum and Woody #5

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Priest

Artist:  M.D. Bright

Inker:  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  Allen Passalaqua

Letterer:  Dan Lanphear

Cover Artist:  M.D. Bright and Allen Passalaqua;  Ryan Lee and Ivan Plascencia;  Marc Laming and Jordan Boyd

Review:  ★★★☆☆

So this is the final tale of the original Quantum and Woody;  or maybe not?  Things actually pull together and become more focused than they had been, but we find it odd that at the end everything from the last few issues really had no lasting impact and our two heroes come out just as they where the last time we followed them.


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Title:  Rai #7

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Clayton Crain

Letterer:  Dave Lanphear

Cover Artist:  Clayton Crain;  David Mack;  Bart Sears and John Rauch

Review:  ★★★☆☆

To take down his creator, Rai is going to need all of Father’s enemies to come together, but they can’t stop fighting each other long enough for it to happen.  Silke’s actions and motivations fit the character but felt like a waste of time while the real interesting turn of events comes from the revelation of who Spylocke is looking for on Earth.


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Title:  Resurrectionists #4

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Fred Van Lente

Artist:  Maurizio Rosenweig

Inker:  Moreno Dinisio

Colorist:  Moreno Dinisio

Cover Artist:  Juan Doe

Review:  ★★★★☆

While no one is “unlocked” in this issue, we do learn plenty more about how Jericho and Mac met each other in this life.  With all that has been going on in the first few issues, this is a nice change of pace that allows us to see the bonds that brought them together and keep them together even when they didn’t know who they really were.


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Title:  Southern Bastards #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jason Aaron

Artist:  Jason Latour

Colorist:  Jason Latour

Cover Artist:  Jason Latour

Review:  ★★★★☆

Even though there is still one issue left in the current story arc, we already feel like here we see the moment that changed Coach Boss into the man he became today.  We continue to be surprised how empathetic we are for the terrible man today, but that is just a large credit to Aaron and Latour’s story telling.


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Title:  Witchblade #180

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  David Hine

Artist:  Gabriel Rearte

Colorist:  Betsy Gonia

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Dale Keown;  Stjepan Sejic;  Linda Sejic

Review:  ★★★★☆

For good or bad, showing a popular character’s head on a platter as Sara talks to how they got to this point is going to shock you right from the first page.  We think it’s safe to assume there is going to be more than what we’ve been shown, but whether this actually Jackie Estacado’s final tale, they’ve definitely grabbed our attention.


 

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