Weekly Comic Reviews 10/3

Happy October everyone, welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Comic Reviews, I’m your host, Daniel Alvarez. This week brings the debut of the intriguing mini-series Non-Humans, the exciting second installment of Pathfinder, and most of all, #1 of the new Doctor Who series. Let’s start with a more controversial comic.

Black Kiss II #3

Even a monstrous succubus in all her travels, countless bodies she’s drained and killed craves companionship.  In this latest release our primary lead loses and gains a mate while continuing to spread herself across time and space.  It’s a captivating jaunt that continues the level of established quality while dealing with a slightly different perspective that’s both engrossing and disturbing.

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4/5

Danger Club #4

The intense yet engrossing narrative unfolds in a bleak fourth act that yields some causalities as it gains a sturdy backbone.  Questions without answers abound, while the overbearing knowledge that the world is in trouble and the man entrusted to rule over it, the President, is against it.  He made a deal with the devil, but can the sidekicks hope to muster the gumption to stop him and save the planet?  By the end of this dark release, I can honestly say I hope so.

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4.5/5

Hack Slash #18

It’s an interesting issue that shakes up the series a bit as Cassie Hack and her partner Vlad take a back seat to a rather fun yet compelling story that turns out to have a rather strong emotional crescendo.  The end result is a quality release that’s sure to please series fans and some potential newcomers, as Cat Curio stars in an adventure straight out of a goofy dream.

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4.5/5

Harvest #3

The half way stage in this exciting mini-series, Harvest #3 changes the dynamics of the title, moving into a more traditional ‘revenge’ thriller, but is this for the best? With the addition of the “freaky kid” who, lets face it, was obvious right from the start, still providing a little colour and humor into the title, Harvest #3 still has a lot going for it.

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3.5/5

 

Non-Humans #1

Non-Humans is an ambitious new mini-series from Image. It’s ‘Blade Runner meets Toy Story’ according to the description, so take that as you will. Really, it’s these mini-series that truly shine. Great writing, great art, and most of all, an engaging story. Image doesn’t usually disappoint with their minis. (Just look at DancerRebel Blood, and Debris.) So going into Non-Humans, I expected a really interesting read. There’s not really much of a Toy Story vibe, more like iRobot. Non-Humans #1 is a great start to what looks like an intriguing mini-series.

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4.5/5

Thief of Thieves #9

Thief Of Thieves #9 is an odd issue. Whilst plenty happens, there’s not much in the way of plot development. Whilst it is a thoroughly good read, hitting many of Thief Of Thieves’ winning factors, there’s the odd feeling that nothings really progressed. That being said, there is a lot of potential still here for Thief of Thieves. If it doesn’t get bogged down in gangsta cliches and sticks to its original premise, there is a lot to be seen in the upcoming issues.

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3.5/5

The Bionic Woman #5

With a few changes, both good and bad, Bionic Woman #5 continues to create a unique title. Whilst it does distance itself from Bionic Man with its own charm and appeal, it doesn’t always hold up as well as the other comic. In short, this isn’t a bad issue for Bionic Woman, but there are enough changes to make it a more daunting read. The art and style changes get in the way of an issue that would otherwise be building on the previous issue’s successes.

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3/5

The Boys #71

With only 1 issue to go, The Boys #71 does a great job of resolving things. That said, this issue mainly focuses on Hughie and Billy Butcher. With a reduced cast, there is a greater sense of scope to explore the two, resulting in a dialogue heavy issue, but one that’s well worth picking up.

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4.5/5

The Lone Ranger #10

The Lone Ranger has entered its tenth outing. If you’ve been following along, you would know that it’s less about the title character and more about his Native American sidekick, Tonto. You would then also know how great this story arc has been. Tonto over the years has been known just as ‘the sidekick.’ This arc has been defining him as a character. We see him living happily with his wife and son in the village, then the Americans come, killing his wife and many more, then he goes on a revenge trip. This issue is more of a calming aftermath, but still another great piece of writing.

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4/5

Pathfinder #2

After two months, the second installment of Pathfinder is upon us. The first issue introduced us to a Lord of the Rings like world, with a hint of Thor. Longtime and new fans alike could enjoy it thanks to the fun characters and easy to follow story. It isn’t a thought provoking or deep series, just a fun fantasy comic with elves and goblins alike. It’s refreshing to read a comic with a simple but fun story with witty dialogue. The second issue of Pathfinder improves upon everything and is one of the most fun comics I’ve read in awhile.

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5/5

Red Sonja #69

The next chunk of this story arc picks up all the various plot strands from the previous issue while forging forward in some interesting ways.  Overall this jaunt is pretty straight forward as it cuts directly to the heart of what makes Red Sonja such an enduring icon.  As the series hits on some mature scenes and rather dynamic situations via the treatment of innocents as a means to an end, fans are will enjoy a form fitting tale that cuts to the core argument and justification for our hero and her actions.

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3.5/5

Voltron #8

The story arc revolving around a newly discovered Voltron robot continues, as pieces of the moon plummet toward the Earth.  It’s a positively riveting read that shows the creative team in the best possible light, as they continue to chart the course of this rather epic comic book series.

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4/5

Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris #16

Obviously there’s more to this issue than Dejah Thoris wandering around in the snow, and some of the plotting is okay, but I find it difficult to care about the story when Dynamite itself is so obviously apathetic in that regard.

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1.5/5

The Crow #4

While The Crow: Death & Rebirth still has more than it’s share of problems, it has some good qualities as well, and an excellent lead-in to the final issue, with the prospect of a real fight for our anti-hero.

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3/5

 

Doctor Who #1

Offering further stories with the eleventh Doctor, which is more than welcome since the TV series is taking its usual break, Doctor Who #1 offers more of the same for fans of the franchise. Although its numbered #1, this is the first in the third series of the current title. That being said, this is as good a point for anyone to jump aboard. It doesn’t follow from any previous titles, providing a fresh adventure to jump right into.

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3.5/5

Broken Pieces #4

A riveting read yields a strong introspection into both the human soul and the actions of our race.  It’s absolutely fascinating to read this comic book from cover to cover, as it slowly peels away at the essence of thoughts and decisions through the eyes of some rather imperfect characters that represent our worse and better angels.

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4/5

Homecoming #2

A comic book created by the late great Michael Turner and written by David Wohl is easily a recipe that will create a stellar series, and so far Homecoming is just that.  We have high school drama mixed with an atmosphere encompassed by an overbearing feeling of dread perpetuated by the appearance of apparent Aliens in this small town.

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4.5/5

Grimm Fairy Tales presents: Bad Girls #3 Review

If you’re familiar with the universe associated with Zenescope‘s long running Grimm Fairy Tales series (and it’s various tie-ins) then you know more or less what your getting here.  There are beautiful women with awesome powers taking on monsters with the fate of several realms in the balance.  But as epic as that sounds there are still some noticeable flaws plaguing this little gem.

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3.5/5

2000AD #1893

Yet another dose of science fiction and fantasy comics in this weeks 2000AD. With the likes of Judge DreddABC WarriorsBrass SunBob Byrne’s Twisted Tales and Grey Area, lets have a look what’s in 2000AD #1803.

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4/5

 

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I was born in the Big Apple and currently reside in New Jersey. Marvel is my favorite comic book company, with Spider-Man being my favorite character. But the absolute biggest thing you'll find me talking about is Godzilla. Besides the big G, my other favorite subject is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the greatest cartoon ever. My personal contact e-mail is djdjalvarez@Gmail.com