Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review - Black [AF]: America's Sweetheart (@blackmaskstudio)

"My name is Eli Franklin, I'm fifteen, and I don't think I'm like most girls in Helena, Montana."

America has a lot of issues with its identity. Many (most) of them are rooted in centuries old stereotypes and prejudices that are derived from a different era. Despite the best efforts of some, there are others desperately clinging to the way things were which makes a book like Black [AF]: America's Sweetheart from Black Mask Studios all the more relevant. The issue is written by Kwanza Osajyefo, illustrated by Jennifer Johnson and lettered by David Sharpe.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Review - Mata Hari #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

" me make my revenge."

One of the most important components of war is espionage. The thing is, you never hear that much about it--otherwise, the spies would be really bad at their jobs. Dark Horse Comics takes a look at a spy who wasn't bad at her job in Mata Hari #1. The issue is written by Emma Beeby, illustrated by Ariela Kristantina and colored by Pat Masioni.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Review - Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"They deserve some recognition for their good."

Gears of War was a tour de force when it first released for the Xbox 360 in November 2006. The game pushed the limits of violence and relied on a fresh take on the cover system to offer fast combat and gameplay. The prime nemesis in the original game was RAAM, a Locust leader with an axe to grind against the COGs. In Gears of War: The Rise of RAAM #1 from IDW Publishing, readers gain a little more insight into RAAM's thought process. The issue is written by Kurtis Wiebe, illustrated by Max Dunbar, colored by Jose Luis Rio and lettered by Gilberto Lazcano.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review - Eternal (@blackmaskstudio)

"Let us be the heroes who freed the land..."

Warriors wage wars. During peace though, warriors must be people first, tending to their families and contributing to society. When the former threatens the latter as in Eternals from Black Mask Studio, one warrior will go to great lengths to ensure that her people are safe. The issue is written by Ryan K. Lindsay, illustrated by Eric Zawadzki and colored by Dee Cunniffe.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Review - The Servant #1 (@KingBonePress)

"Promises or lies I wonder...?"

Life in a high-fantasy setting has its ups and downs. On good days, you're not eaten by a dragon or being accosted by robbers. On bad days, you've got to deal with a whole lot of danger every day. In The Servant #1 from King Bone Press, there are both good days and bad days. The issue is written by Jason Ford, illustrated by Felipe Anguiano and lettered by Rob Jones.

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.