Friday, January 19, 2018

Review - Days of Hate #1 (@ImageComics)

"Remember when we all hated on 2016 online? Called it a 'trash fire?'"

It's not an understatement to say that the United States of America needs a lot of work. People are digging in deeper on their sides, prompting the opposite side to dig themselves even deeper. What it leads to is a continuing spiral of hatred and distrust, something that's on display in Days of Hate #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Aleš Kot, illustrated by Danijel Žeželj, colored by Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review - Incognegro: Renaissance #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"So, we're just going to walk into this white man's house? And you're sure I'm invited? Better yet--are you even invited?"

Believe it or not, racism is still around. For all the strides that individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln made in improving race relations, there are those who are insistent on tearing things apart and just being bloviating, racist, misogynists in general who just so happen to be President of the United States. There's still plenty of room for a story like Incognegro: Renaissance #1 from Dark Horse Comics to serve as a reminder that we've got a long way to go. The issue is written by Mat Johnson, illustrated by Warren Pleece and lettered by Clem Robins.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review - Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #1 (@zenescope)

"What idiot said baking is relaxing?"

Liesel is a vampire hunter. Robyn Hood is an archer from another time. The two of them are more than capable of holding their own when teamed with one another. When putting their talents on display against one another like in Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #1 from Zenescope, then things get real. The issue is written by Ralph Tedesco, illustrated by Allan Otero, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review - Dejah Thoris #0 (@DynamiteComics)

"We killed it. We killed our planet."

Climate change is real despite what some will tell you otherwise. On Mars for instance in Dejah Thoris #0 from Dynamite Entertainment, the disbelief led to its destruction and Dejah Thoris is tasked with saving it. The issue is written by Amy Chu, illustrated by Pasquale Qualano, colored by Valentina Pinto and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review - Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Well, the world's greatest spy has his limitations."

When you're a world-renowned spy, there are few things that are outside of your capabilities. In fact, being able to accomplish any objective is usually par for the course for those spies who are at the top of their game. Ninjak is such a spy, but in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #1 from Valiant Comics he may be having second thoughts about being so good. The issue is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Joe Bennett with Belardino Brabo, colored by Ulises Arreola and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review - Belle: Beast Hunter #1 (@Zenescope)

"Girl meets boy. Boy attacks girl. Girl kicks the crap out of boy, letting him know his mistake."

The song says that it's a tale as old as time, but the only thing old about Belle in Belle: Beast Hunter #1 from Zenescope is the notion that she can't physically fight any and all beast comers. The issue is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Bong Dazo, colored by Juan Manuel Rodriguez and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review - Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"No sharing, no hiding. He can simply be Ursus."

Living on any planet is rarely made as easy as it could be. Being a human on the Planet of the Apes brings with it its own sort of challenges. Being a primate on the Planet of the Apes brings with it a wholly different set of challenges. Ursus is up to the challenge in Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by David F. Walker, illustrated by Chris Mooneyham, colored by Jason Wordie and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review - Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Leia (@IDWPublishing)

"Some days, it feels like my destiny is not of my own choosing."

There's an ever-present balance between light and dark in the Star Wars universe and one of the lightest of the light is Princess Leia. The woman has fought her way through all manner of hardships due to sheer persistence--everything from daring escapes to an absentee father. In Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Leia from IDW Publishing, her role as a leader gets bolstered even more. The issue is written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, illustrated by Charretier, colored by Sarah Stern and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Review - Koshchei: The Deathless #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"I always felt bad about that--the dagger in the back. But I was very angry."

Hellboy does what he does very well. There are very few opponents where he's evenly matched and one of those opponents is Koshchei. In Koshchei: The Deathless #1 from Dark Horse Comics, that characters gets even more attention. The issue is written by Mike Mignola, illustrated by Ben Stenbeck, colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Clem Robins.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Review - Hungry Ghosts #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Do you know of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, lost one?"

Ghost stories have endured history. There's something appealing about the mystery surrounding an event as the unknown makes it that much more terrifying. In Hungry Ghosts #1 from Dark Horse Comics, characters gather to recount tales and see who can stick around until the last candle dies out. The issue is written by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli ("Kaidan" and "The Starving Skeleton") and Vanesa Del Rey ("The Pirates"), colored by José Villarrubia and lettered by Sal Cipriano.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review - Bonehead #1 (@imagecomics)

"Since you're going for the crazier stunt, be careful."

Just about everyone's vision of the future includes some form of dystopian nightmare and flying cars. The world of the Chrome in Bonehead #1 from Image Comics is generally no exception. The issue is written by Bryan Hill and illustrated by Rhoald Marcellius.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Review - Quantum and Woody #1 (@ValiantComics)

" gotta roll the dice."

There are a few things that make a duo dynamic. Trust in one another, a reputation for heroics and an affinity for goats. Not just any goats, but goats imbued with the consciousness of the heroes' father. Sounds fun? Strap in for Quantum and Woody #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Daniel Kibblesmith, illustrated by Kano and lettered by Dave Sharpe.