Friday, April 27, 2018

Hit-Girl #3 Review

Mano et Mano 

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letters: Melina Mikulic
Cover Art: Amy Reeder
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy

Let's start off with a little scene setting. Hit-Girl is full of violence, yes, but it is so fanciful and over-the-top that it reaches Itchy and Scratchy levels of humor. So bear that in mind, it may be ultra-violent, but it is also done with an ultra-black humor. Issues 1 and 2 gave us a completely over the top level of jaw-dropping bloodletting, but they also oozed great comic dialogue as well as a little sly commentary on the impact of narcos and gangsterism on the rest of us. Let's see if issue 3 continues to strike the perfect balance.

Cyber Force #2 Review

Cybernetic Thighs

Written by: Matt Hawkins / Bryan Edward Hill
Art and Cover Art by: Atilio Rojo
Letters by Troy Peteri
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 25 April 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

I was pretty impressed with the first issue of Cyber Force. While I hadn’t read the previous series of this book back in the day, I found that I was able to get to grips straight away with what was a well told, and well thought through opening issue. Let’s see if that continues with this second installment.

Ice Cream Man #4 Review

Don't Cry, Daddy

Written by: W Maxwell Prince
Art by Martin Morazzo / Chris O'Halloran
Publisher: Image
Release Date: 25 April 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy  

The Ice Cream Man title has really delivered three fun issues so far. For me I would say that issue 3 was the highlight, with awesome cover art and a story that really appealed to my interest in classic rock n roll. Plus monsters. Let's see how issue 4 fares. Something tells me things are about to get pretty intense. 

Gasolina #7 Review

The Art of the Deal 

Written by: Sean Mackiewicz
Art by: Niko Walter
Colors by: Matt Lopes
Letters by: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image
Review by: Andrew McAvoy

With the first six issues of this series making up the first Image TPB volume this issue starts to branch out a little in terms of scope. Gasolina has always operated under the premise of a wide canvas. While we get small settings in most of the issues, there are always hints at a wider network outside Randy and Amalia’s sphere. This issue now begins to increase the linkages between Randy and Amalia and the wider world.

Days Of Hate #4 Review

A Family Affair

Written by Ales Kot
Drawn by Danijel Zezelj
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image
Release Date: 25 April 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

I've enjoyed this book up to this point. The overall sense that I get from it is one of a very stylish book. I love the covers, I love the art in the main, and there is a really smooth feel to the narrative that seems to flow so serenely from scene to scene, panel to panel. Let's see how things develop in issue 4.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 86 - Jungle Comics #2 (1940)

Welcome to the Jungle

Salutations, noble comic book savages! In this episode, our intrepid explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) plumb the depths of the dark interior of the African continent when they read Jungle Comics #2, published by Fiction House in 1940! They go through all nine(!) stories within the issues, providing creator bios and background information where applicable, with a special emphasis on the ninth story--the first appearance of the first female superhero, Fantomah by Fletcher Hanks! Then, after a break, the stalwart adventurers detail the life of Fantomah, and give a brief history of Fiction House, a seminal Golden Age comics publisher. You'll like the jungle so much, you'll never want to go back to Greystoke!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: April 25, 2018

Give it To 'Em Gritty

Boy, there were a LOT of DC Comics that came out this week! I was almost buried under an avalanche of potential covers to pick from. Uh, a digital avalanche, that is. I don't see printed copies until they're on the shelf Wednesday. But I can still judge books by their digital covers, and I have! Right here!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Silencer #4 Review

 She Blinded Me with Silence!

Storytellers: Viktor Bogdanovic and Dan Abnett
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

Romita is out, and Bogdanovic is in! I've been anticipating this issue for a while now since Viktor Bogdanovic is one of the best artists at DC. When I heard that Deathstroke would be appearing in this issue, I got even more excited! So is this issue worth all the hype that I made up? Let's find out.

Imaginary Fiends #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Have A Tiger By The Tail

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Stephen Molnar, Quinton Winter and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


I love this series. Tim Seeley has crafted an original story that keeps you interested from start to finish. This is the final issue of this arc, and I haven't heard whether or not it's going to come back later on, but I really hope so. This book is my idea of what a Vertigo comic should be: different, fun ideas that tell stories in a mature, interesting way without having to deal with the continuity of a shared universe. This is one of my favorite series being put out right now, and I can't wait to see what this issue has in store.

Motherlands #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

This Is Gonna Get Bloody

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Rachael Stott, Pete Woods, Felipe Sobreiro, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April, 25, 2018


This book isn't for me. I see that it's fairly well-received overall, but I just can't get into it. I don't enjoy the art, I don't find the characters to be compelling anymore, and as interesting as the concept is, it hasn't been executed very well in my mind. I can't say it's the worst thing I've ever read, but it doesn't hit on any of the levels that I thought it was going to. I really hope this infinite multiverse that has been set up turns out to be cool because at this point, that is the only thing I'm really looking forward to.

Suicide Squad #40 Review and **SPOILERS**

Amanda Punchenkick

Writer: Rob Williams 
Artist: Jack Herbert 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: David Yardin 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


Here is…the conclusion of this arc about “The Wall?” I think it must be. How much further can it go? We can find out together if you read my review of Suicide Squad #40, which commences below!

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #43 Review and **SPOILERS**

Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: Rafa Sandoval 
Inker: Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


So the Darkstars are in town, and I assume that’s going to put some starch in the Green Lantern Corps’ crotch. How do you think they’ll handle it? If John makes the call, they’ll stand around and talk about it for two to three issues before reacting defensively. If it’s up to Kyle, he’ll moan about it to whatever females are nearby. Guy would want the Corps to swarm the Darkstars, but without the luxury of rings, instead tangling them hand-to-robotic claw thing. And Hal would already be on the front lines, alone, slinging missiles and fighter jets at the Darkstars with all his might. So what actually happens in this issue? Place your bets and find out by reading my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #43, in that order!

The Hellblazer #21 Review and **SPOILERS**

Who Could Have Guessed

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: Christian Dalla Vecchia 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Letterer: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Tim Seeley with Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


Last we left things, John Constantine had been shot in the shoulder by the Huntress! I hope that didn’t damage his wand-waving arm. Find out in my review of The Hellblazer #21, stat!

Batgirl #22 Review and **SPOILERS**

Mind Over Doesn’t Matter

Writer: Hope Larson
Pencils: Minkyu Jung 
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr. 
Colors: Mat Lopes 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


I have to admit, I’ve come to anticipate new issues of Batgirl every month. Not because I am sincerely enjoying the book, but because I know Jim, Eric and I will be laughing ourselves silly at its antics that week. You can find out what causes all the chortles in my review of Batgirl #22, right now!

Trinity #22 Review

It's the Power of Love...and Maybe Magic

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Patch Zircher, Gabe Eltaeb, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

“MAN DOWN” finale! The Trinity and Warlord have discovered Deimos’ plan to use the Skartaran Time Weapon to reduce his enemies to dust—but time itself is not on our heroes’ side! It’s up to Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to save Steve Trevor, defeat Deimos and seal the breach with Skartaris before the entire world is consumed by magic powerful enough to melt millennia!

The Demon: Hell is Earth #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

Oedevil Complex

Writer: Andrew Constant 
Penciller: Brad Walker 
Inker: Andrew Hennessy 
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Chris Sotomayor 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


This is the final issue of this miniseries! So I assume we’ll figure out just what the heck has been going on. Regardless, it’s gonna look sweet! Find out how it reads in my review of The Demon: Hell is Earth #6, just below! Just like Hell is!

Flash #45 Review

Speed Bump

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

After Grodd's attack, it's time for the Speedsters to pick up the pieces and move forward, but are some things too big to let go?  And are some memories too hurtful to remember?  The Flash War is almost here!

Doom Patrol #11 Review and **SPOILERS**

Ten Pounds of Crap 

Writer: Gerard Way
Penciller & Cover: Nick Derington 
Inker & Variant Cover Artist: Tom Fowler 
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain 
Letterer: Todd Klein 
Special Thanks: Jeremy Lambert 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


Well, well, well, look who decided to finally show up to the party? Months after it ended, even! It’s going to be tough for me to put my feelings about this disaster of a volume aside when I review its final issue, Doom Patrol #11. But I did my best, and you can read it right here!

The Terrifics #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

War Will Bring Us Together

Storytellers: Joe Bennett & Jeff Lemire 
Inks: Sandra Hope, Jaime Mendoza & Art Thibert 
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo 
Letters: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Ivan Reis with Marcelo Maiolo 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018


So this should conclude the first arc of The Terrifics, which was set at three issues. Since I regularly champion shorter arcs, this thing is starting out on a good foot already. But does it stick the landing? Read my review of The Terrifics #3 and see what you think!

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3 Review

Call of Duty

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund, Veronica Gandini and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

After a brutal clash between Mera and Ocean Master almost costs Mera her life, Tula suggests that the three of them work together to save Atlantis—and recruiting an army will require a united front. Can Mera and Orm be united by a common enemy? Or will their hatred of each other be their undoing? 

Justice League of America #29 Review

She's a Brick...

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Hugo Petrus, Hi-Fi, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

“DAWN OF TIME” finale! Chronos has won. Superheroes are nonexistent in the new timeline he’s manipulated into existence. The League will have to find each other, reform and fix the time stream or all of time will be at Chronos’s command.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

Here Kitty Kitty

Written By: Jody Houser
Interiors Drawn By: Ibrahim Moustafa
Interiors Colored By: Jordan Boyd
Back-Up Art By: Paulina Ganucheau 
Lettered By: John Workman
Cover By: Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

If you'd have told me this time last year that Mother freaking Panic would be one of the books I was looking forward to... first I'd ask, why would you be interested in such odd Chris-trivia... then, I'd tell you that you're crazy!

Early on in our Young Animal endeavor, Mother Panic was fourth with a bullet.  Hell, maybe even fifth when that Bug! mini-series hit!  This title has become a true bright spot in the... uneven Young Animal offerings of late, and I'm happy to be checking it out with you.

Without further ado...

Teen Titans #19 Review and **SPOILERS**

This issue... somebody (re)joins the Titans!

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciller: Scot Eaton
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Corey Breen
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Variant Cover Artists: Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

Pop the champagne!  It looks like this is our last issue of this volume of Teen Titans.

Maybe when this property returns this Summer we can get an actual issue or two that isn't predicated on someone joining or quitting the team!

Dare we dream?  Well, I'm not known for my optimism, but I've got my fingers crossed!  Now, let's put this one to bed.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

Hey, it's that time of the month where I helpfully remind you that Raven is, in fact, the daughter of Trigon the Terrible.  Gettin' tired of that gag yet?  Yeah, me too...

Another thing I'm getting tired of?  Raven stories that cannot break from being focused on the fact that her father is Trigon the Terrible.

Wonder Woman #45 Review

Fight To The Finish

Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Marco Santucci, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

It's time to end this arc and see if this can make the whole Darkseid ordeal worthwhile because while I loved the idea of finally meeting Jason and the idea of Darkseid gaining his power back after being reborn into a baby in the Darkseid War, nothing ever seemed to feel right during James Robinson's run of this title and that has bothered me each and every week that this series would come out.  Maybe........ just maybe, it will all come together here and I can say that I was completely wrong about everything.   Yeah, I don't see that happening, but still, I hope for the best.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Mr. Robinson has in store for us.  Let's check it out.

Titans Annual #2 Review

Reality Bytes

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Tom Grummett, Tom Derenick, Cam Smith, Mick Gray, Trevor Scott, Adriano Lucas, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

It's time to finish up this arc, where the Brain is trying to achieve hyper genius level so that he can transcend beyond his physical limitations and the only ones who are around to stop him at this point seem to be Donna Troy and Roy Harper.  This is going to be our last real "Titans" issue for awhile until "No Justice" wraps up so I hope that with the extra page space of this annual that we're able to get a really good and fitting conclusion to this arc that has put the spot light on Roy Harper, which I've really been up to.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we get the Titans Together or if it comes down to Roy and Donna alone.  Let's check it out.