Weekly Comic Reviews 2/27

Hey everyone. Welcome to UTF’s Weekly Comic Reviews, I’m your Godzilla-loving host, Daniel Alvarez. It’s not the biggest week for reviews, but there’s still plenty of good stuff, including the conclusion of the Star Trek epic Hive and the absolutely stellar standalone Lone Ranger #13. Let’s kick it off withe always great Artifacts.

Artifacts #25

In a lot of ways the rebirth of the Top Cow Universe has been building toward this specific arc.  And when the moment comes and the troops are rallied the creative team literally wastes no time getting this conflict going. Artifacts #25 is an exceptional release that will surely please eager fans.  Highly recommended.

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4.5/5

Hacks/Slash #24

It’s always a somewhat bitter affair when a franchise faces its imminent conclusion but thankfully this creative team is delivering on all fronts.  From the written word to the stylistically rendered visualizations the people behind all of this are simply yielding an expert send off for this storied universe.

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4.5/5

Prophet #24

Prophet #34 is definitely an issue for the fans. The focus shifts away from Old Man Prophet and shines the light back on New-Father John Prophet. Whilst familiar readers will by now grasp the differences in character and why everyone is named some variant of John Prophet, new or recent audiences are going to be highly confused.

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3/5

Jennifer Blood #23

It might be a safe analysis to say that this series has put its audience through the proverbial ringer and this latest release is no different.  Here we find our protagonist, who has gone through so much that she’s starting to lose that unique perspective on the world that made her decisions justifiable.

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4/5

The Lone Ranger #13

The Lone Ranger is one of the best series on the stands. If you aren’t reading it, I’d advise putting it on your pull list. The previous Tonto-centric arc ended with the last issue, so it would be interesting to see where the series goes. This issue is great in many ways, mainly because it’s a fantastic standalone tale and PERFECT jumping on point. If you’ve never read a Lone Ranger comic, pick this up. Even if you have no intention of buying the series, this is still a great one-shot comic to read.

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5/5

MASKS #4

The most unique crossover in awhile continues. MASKS is interesting because it teams up a bunch of characters a lot of readers probably have never heard of. Sure, we know the Green Hornet and Zoro…but Miss Fury? Green Lama? These ‘pulp’ men and women aren’t exactly mainstream, which forces a huge emphasis on story and writing rather than character market appeal. That’s why this series shines, it’s a very well-written and fun tale set in the 30’s. This issue introduces us to a big character, plus we learn that there’s a ‘master’ behind the scenes. If you haven’t been reading MASKS, what are you waiting for?

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4/5

Peter Canon Thunderbolt #6

When it comes to this saga the basic plot points established by the first adventure are observed, and for better or worse the story has not really expanded its scope since then.  The end result is a tale that’s engaging as it handily survives on its own unique merits while slowly but surely moving things forward.

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3.5/5

Vampirella Nublood

From start to finish the creative team delivers an uproarious jaunt that successfully plays with ideas from True Blood.  What we get is a parody book that touches upon themes that are near and dear to followers of two franchises.

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3.5/5

Warlord of Mars #23

If, like me, you’re one of those people who sometimes allows small mistakes to ruin their whole experience, Warlord of Mars#23 may not be for you. If you’re not that kind of person, however, you might give it a try, especially if you’re mostly into comics for the art.

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3/5

Doctor Who #6

The two part story concludes in this issue. Whilst Doctor Who #6 offers a refreshing story that makes a lot of the opportunities afforded by the comic medium (and not having to hire a silly costume for an actor to wear every time you want an alien), I can’t help but feel it cuts itself short in only two issues. By rushing everything to resolution, it almost runs over its own feet and misses an opportunity to expand the story and characters more greatly.

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3/5

Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2

Issue 2 of the new Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time series and, of course, a new Doctor. Prisoners Of Time #2 moves the focus to the second Doctor, and offers a new adventure and style to match.

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4/5

Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1

Overall, this is definitely a great start to a new Rocketeer. Whilst it seems to tread the typical themes of “something happens, Betty gets annoyed, insert random monster”, it none the less does it in a fast paced and well written manner.

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4/5

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #4

Hive comes to a close with this issue. Let’s take a look back for a second. This mini-series had a pretty cool concept, it was going to be a sequel to First Contact and Nemesis. Let’s face it Next Gen fans, whenever we saw that the Borg was going to be in an episode, excitement ensued. Indeed, these cyborgs might just be the most popular of Star Trek villains. This story also uses the always cool Seven of 9 from Voyager and brings back Data. (In a plausible way.) The conclusion is a fine read, there’s plenty of stuff longtime fans will enjoy.

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4/5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret History Of The Foot Clan #3

When it comes to the conclusion of any arc it’s important to make sure that you’ve not lingered on points too long.  The reason for that is simple, the audience might regret the purchase while ignoring the strengths of whatever creative team is in control. Thankfully that’s exactly what is not being done here and as this saga draws to a close you’ll be glad this more than competent duo is at the helm.

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4/5

Transformers Robots In Disguise #14

After some shocking turn of events, Transformers: Robots In Disguise #14 has its fair share of action. Plot curiosities get explained, older plots come to the fore and everything begins to meld together. Also, there’s a lot of really cool robots fighting.

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4/5

 Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Jungle Book: Last of the Species #1

What we have here is some further exploration with an established but nonetheless complex narrative. Following the aftermath of the previous volume this sequel picks up while tensions are high as Mowglii relishes in her successful vengeance.

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4/5

2000AD #1821

Once again we have another week’s sampling of 2000AD. This week, in 2000AD #1821, we have Judge DreddSavage, Ampney Crucis InvestigatesRed Seas and Strontium Dog, so lets take a closer look.

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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