Capsule Comic Reviews 05/13/15

Best of the Week


Title:  G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes:  Agent of Cobra #5

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Costa

Artist:  Paolo Villanelli

Colorist:  Joana Lafuente

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Cover Artist:  Paolo Villanelli and Joana Lafuente;  Drew Johnson and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Review:  ★★★★★

Is there anything sweeter in life than an ultimate Snake Eyes against Storm Shadow showdown?  With plenty of build up and a big focus on Billy and Ronin that we loved, old grudges were finally settled between the world’s greatest ninjas.  It was a succulent fight that needed few words, only the graceful art of Villanelli highlighting the blows these two enemies traded.  While this was the end for certain aspects of the story, there is still plenty left to tell for Snake Eyes:  Agent of Cobra.  We just hope it doesn’t take to long until we see everything else play out.


Title:  Star Trek:  New Visions:  Revisions #6

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  John Byrne

Artist:  John Byrne (Photomontage)

Cover Artist:  John Byrne (Photomontage)

Review:  ★★★★★

While this happens to be the sixth issue of this series, I must admit this was the first time we had a chance to pick it up.  While I’m not a “Trekkie” per say, I am still a huge fan of the series and so glad I had a chance to read this.  John Byrne has crafted an amazing love letter to the original series by using photos from the set to craft completely new stories.  As you might be able to guess from the title “Resistance”, the original crew meets one of my all time favorite Star Trek villains, the Borg.  He sets it in such a way that perfectly captures the charm of the series while actually creating a story that still could fit in that timeline.  Is it a stretch that later on Star Fleet had no knowledge of the Borg when they were introduced in Next Generation?  Perhaps, but Byrne does such a good job that it could fit in for continuity sticklers.  Frankly the book is so well done the Trek fan in all of us really won’t care much either way as it brings the best of both worlds in a touching tribute.

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Title:  The Auteur:  Sister Bambi #1

Publisher:  Oni Press

Writer:  Rick Spears

Artist:  James Callahan

Colorist:  Luigi Anderson

Letterer: Sick Rears

Cover Artist:  James Callahan;  Jim Rugg

Review:  ★★★★☆

I was so excited for The Auteur to come back and sure enough it didn’t disappoint.  After getting thrown out of Hollywood because of his tremendous flop Presidents Day, Rex makes a trip to South America to find funding from a group of hidden Nazis who want the film filled with plenty of rape.  This is The Auteur, so of course things get even crazier with an action packed battle for revenge filled with copious amounts of gore.  The book stomps all over human decency in numerous ways which is why we’re so glad to have it back.


Title:  Birthright #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Andrei Bressan

Colorist:  Adriano Lucas

Letterer:  Pat Brosseau

Cover Artist:  Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Mikey and Brennan’s adventure together finds them with no money or supplies, so they have to take what they can to survive.  Stealing from different campsites is putting some unneeded attention on them.  That’s not even the worst of it as Mikey finds what he is looking for at possibly a great cost.  While we imagine that missing his brother for so long caused Mikey to bring Brennan along for this dangerous quest, he should have imagined that things would end badly at some point.  We have suspicions that the tragic ending might have a fix coming, but perhaps it will be enough for Mikey to stop dragging his defenseless brother around with him.


Title:  Chrononauts #3

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Mark Millar

Artist:  Sean Gordon Murphy

Colorist:  Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer:  Chris Eliopoulos

Cover Artist:  Sean Gordon Murphy

Review:  ★★★★☆

Screwing around with the timeline is not the greatest of ideas.  Your superiors are of course going to get upset and come after you.  Most of all, the more dangerous people you hang around with, the more chance you’re going to wind up in ever worse situations.  All of the following apply to Danny and Corbin who find themselves fighting to survive everyone out to get them, which at this point seems like the whole world.  Our two characters are not very smart for being scientists, but that makes for plenty of mistakes that makes this just like a great summer flick where you can sit back and enjoy the flashiness of it all.


Title:  Copperhead #7

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Jay Faerber

Artist:  Scott Godlewski

Colorist:  Ron Riley

Letterer:  Thomas Mauer

Cover Artist:  Scott Godlewski

Review:  ★★★★☆

Things are very bad for the law of Copperhead.  After locking up the wrong inmate, Boo is captured and taken hostage while Clara is ambushed on her date that was going so well for her.  Lucky for Clara, she has more friends than she thought she did;  well at least one more.  Beyond an intro hinting at what type of person her ex-husband is, the issue actually stays much more focused than it usually does.  It leads to a heart racing shootout that lets Godlewski excel with some great panels.  This is Copperhead at the top of its game and we hope to see more of it like this.


Title:  C.O.W.L. #10

Publisher:  Image Comics

Writer:  Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel

Artist:  Rod Reis

Letterer:  Troy Peteri

Cover Artist:  Rod Reis

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Things were going so well for Geoffrey Warner in his standoff with the mayor, before Radia decided to do what was right and save the Alderman from Doppler.  Now as she recovers from the brutal fight, Warner is put in a corner where he may have no choice but to have her eliminated.  Little does he know that Evelyn Frost’s investigation, which looked like it had run dry, finds hope with a new witness willing to come forward.  Things were moving a little slow after last issue, but the foundation is continuing to be laid for C.O.W.L. to crumble under its own leadership.  With some new variables thrown into the mix this issue, we are getting excited to see if the heroes union can whether this storm of its own making.


Title:  D4ve #4

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Ryan Ferrier

Artist:  Valentin Ramon

Cover Artist:  Valentin Ramon

Review:  ★★★★☆

After slaving away at a job that he hated for years, D4ve is finally ready to unleash a bit of that pent-up emotion towards the aliens bent on taking over Earth.  Even if he is the only one left with the will to fight, he has a plan in place to force others to rebel.  His former boss getting what he deserved was very pleasurable to see, but even more so, finally watching D4ve in action was a blast.  Any question of whether he had it in him still were erased as he used the spine of a dead alien to beat the rest of them to death.  If that is a hint of what is to come in the finale next month, we are completely on board.  Who are we kidding, we were already on board this great series, spine whip or no spine whip.


Title:  Doctor Who:  The Tenth Doctor #10

Publisher:  Titan Comics

Writer:  Robbie Morrison

Artist:  Eleonora Carlini

Colorist:  Hi-Fi

Letterer:  Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist:  AJ

Review:  ★★★★☆

Coming off of the fantastic WWI story arc, we get one-shot story that finds the Doctor and Gabby returning home.  Gabby is excited to see her family after witnessing first hand the devastation of war, but quickly finds the city going crazy from sound.  The sound is actually the cry for help of a race Echoes, beings of living sound, being hunted by an alien race called Shreekers.  The story gives Carlini a great chance to play with onomatopoeias by having the actual words go crashing into buildings and swirl around our characters.  It is a great word/art play that works very well for the story.  With the entire story, Morrison crafts an excellent, fun story that softens away the darkness of the last arc perfectly.


Title:  Imperium #4

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Joshua Dysart

Artist:  Doug Braithwaite

Colorist:  Brian Reber and Ulises Arreola

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Rafael Albuquerque;  Kano;  Rafa Sandoval;  Cary Nord; Doug Braithwaite

Review:  ★★★★☆

The final piece of the Imperium puzzle gets put into play as we meet and see the origin of Broken Angel, a member of H.A.R.D. Corps who goes under an extreme transformation.  While we are not given much information about Angela Peace before turning into what she is now, Dysart places enough information into the dialogue that we are given some great moments, especially when she finds the last piece she needs for her machine.  We also find out why Harada sent Gravedog back, as an unaware spy.  Considering we are supposedly seeing the beginnings of Harada’s “team”, we cannot quite understand how they are all going to come together.  Even though that remains to be seen, Dysart has created some great new characters that should be one of the oddest, yet best companions we’ve seen.


Title:  Lady Killer #4

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich

Artist:  Joelle Jones

Colorist:  Laura Allred

Letterer:  Crank!

Cover Artist:  Joelle Jones and Laura Allred

Review:  ★★★☆☆

Josie looks to finish cutting her ties to her former agency completely with a little help from friends.  Things take a slight unexpected turn when her family shows up to see her at “work.”  As it has been for most of the series though, her family is little more than an afterthought who really don’t affect anything.  Most things get resolved by the end fairly quickly, but not all questions are answered.  It sounds as though we may hear more about Josie in the future which we would be pleased to see.  Next time we just hope her family life, specifically being a mother, gets looked at and played more than it did here.  The conflict of an assassin being a wife and mother was talked up a lot, but beyond her mother-in-law, it was never played up to the extent it could have.


Title:  Puppet Master #3

Publisher:  Action Lab Entertainment

Writer:  Shawn Gabborin

Artist:  Michela Da

Colorist:  Yann Perrelet

Cover Artist:  Michela Da and Yann Perrelet

Review:  ★★★★☆

Even with only two surviving characters, there is still plenty of blood to shed.  We find out why he decided to offer up his friends to the puppets.  The reason is of course the typical selfish motivations you would expect.  Before being able to finish, he finds out that controlling the puppets isn’t as easy as he thought.  Almost best of all, the final two pages reveal a sadistic ending and show how an event like that can change someone.  Gabborin did a fantastic job bringing to life one of the favorite guilty pleasure horror films of our youth.  It delivered everything we could want from a Puppet Master series including all of our favorites getting a chance to cause carnage.  Now we just wonder when we can get more, because we really want more.


Title:  Rebels #2

Publisher:  Dark Horse Comics

Writer:  Brian Wood

Artist:  Andrea Mutti

Colorist:  Jordie Bellaire

Letterer:  Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Artist:  Tula Lotay

Review:  ★★★★☆

In the debut issue we were introduced to Seth Abbott and had a chance to see him begin to take part in the revolution while also starting a family.  Now we find him even further in than ever before, which is already putting a strain on his new marriage by being away so long.  The missions are exhilarating and dangerous, really drawing us into the warfare of the time period.  It also does a great job of communicating personal feelings of the time, as his wife understands him fighting for their land, but not the other colonies.  Once again Wood does a great job of navigating history with an excellent personal story to draw us in.


Title:  Star Trek #45

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Mike Johnson

Artist:  Tony Shasteen

Colorist:  Davide Mastrolonardo

Letterer:  Neil Uyetake

Covers:  Joe Corroney

Review:  ★★★☆☆

The crew of the Enterprise finds themselves in dire straits after Eurydice turns them over to the Syndicate as property.  Eurydice happens to have a good motive and big heart which ends up working in their favor, however. It would have been nice to see the crew been able to get themselves out of the situation without having to rely on a big change of heart.  Kirk might have made it out with everyone on the Enterprise, but Spock and the others would have been out of luck otherwise.  The Syndicate itself didn’t feel as powerful as it was made out to be which made the escape fairly easy in the end.  While the threat seemed a little forced, and the save a little to convenient, we actually did like Eurydice.  It would be an interesting dynamic to see the ship take on an alien for longer than an arc to join the crew, even if they would have to leave by the third film.


Title:  Unity #18

Publisher:  IDW Publishing

Writer:  Matt Kindt

Artist:  Pere Perez

Letterer:  Dave Sharpe

Cover Artist:  Pere Perez and David Baron;  Philip Tan and Jordan Boyd;  Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and David Garcia Cruz;  Joe Eisma and Allen Passalaqua

Review:  ★★★★☆

The last three issues, we’ve been able to look at the three main members of Unity as they recover physically and mentally from their latest battle which we hadn’t seen.  Until now that is.  It gives a chance to loop back to a loose end from Armor Hunters while adding in a dash of H.A.R.D. Corps for fun.  The battle itself isn’t overly long or taxing, but it piled among all of the other back to back crisis they have adverted have started to wear them down a bit, which their H.A.R.D. Corps liaison for the mission notes.  It’s possible that we may have an actual new teammate joining the squad (as Faith was very short-lived.)  The character in question could bring a sense of familiarity to the team, but also give us a chance to really get to know him and all the mental trauma he has been put through.

XO_036_COVER-A_SANDOVALTitle:  X-O Manowar #36

Publisher:  Valiant Entertainment

Writer:  Robert Venditti

Artist:  Diego Bernard

Inker:  Ryan Winn

Colorist:  Brian Reber

Cover Artist:  Rafa Sandoval;  Jorge Molina;  Stephen Segovia;  Ryan Lee

Review:  ★★★★☆

Aric is facing down an entire army of Armor Hunter programmed killer robots.  To combat the threat he is going to need an army of his own, one full of the Armor Hunters’ natural prey/enemy, the other armor bearers in the universe.  Considering it is coming right towards Earth, it is slightly surprising Aric doesn’t contact his fellow Unity teammates, but it could be argued that this is just to big of a galactic threat for Earth to deal with alone.  The whole issue is more preparation for war than anything.  Still, it is really exciting to see all of the armors come together, especially considering the uniqueness of them all.  Any chance for a book about them all afterwards?  Especially the one that looks like an abstract Picasso painting.

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