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TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1

 

In today's Number One BulletsGeoff D. and Joe Kach take an early look at this week's #1 offerings from IDW, Image Comics, and Dark Horse! There's a couple of real gems in here, including The Goon and Supreme. [Potential Spoilers Warning!]

 

THE GOON: OCCASION OF REVENGE #1

The Goon: Occasion of Revenge #1 (Dark Horse Comics): Eric Powell's triumphant return to the world of The Goon! Stellar writing and superb art make for one heck of a read. I'd never read a Goon comic before this one, but am a huge fan of the Bizarro World story that Powell worked on with Geoff Johns and Richard Donner for DC Comics. In this new tale, some sinister "Witch Priests" have gathered an army and plan on overtaking The Goon and his hometown. At the same time, it seems the town itself harbors some eerie supernatural secrets involving displaced spirits and some downright, miserable people. Looks like The Goon has his work cut out for him. Like I said, this was my first time dancing with The Goon and liked it so much that not only am I coming back for more, but as soon as I'm done writing this, I'm hopping on the Dark Horse Comics app to get my hands on some more Goon Goodness! (Joe)

5 out of 5

 

GROO VS. CONAN #1

Groo vs. Conan #1 (Dark Horse Comics): While I have read various Conan comics over the years, this issue was my first introduction to Groo the Wanderer, and I found it to be pretty funny.  In the works since 2007, this collaboration mixes the art style of Conan and Groo to good effect.  While the characters from Groo look a bit out of place in Conan's world, the art style works great for the fourth wall-breaking portion of the book set in modern day New York.   Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, portraying themselves, are written with good comedic effect as they stumble onto the most unlikely of scenarios that would allow these two comic characters to run into one another.  I think that making comedy in comics work is a rare thing these days, but this book made me chuckle.  Definitely worth a read. (Geoff)

4 out of 5

 

MONSTER MOTORS ONE SHOT

Monster Motors One Shot #1 (IDW): Cadillacula, Frankenride, Wheelwolf, and Minivan Helsing ... while the puns are clever, this book is not.  It is exactly what you think it is: take the classic movie monsters and turn each one into a talking car and you have Monster Motors!  The art by Nick Roche is the best part of this book: crisp lines with an exaggerated style that suits the quirkiness of the title.  The vehicle designs themselves are interesting and it's fun to see where the artist's imagination took him when trying to design cars that would be instantly recognizable as the monsters we are all familiar with.  In the end, it's not something I will continue to read nor would I recommend it.  With so much else out there, I can't see putting your money down to read a book about monster cars (literally). (Geoff)

2 out of 5

 

RAGNAROK #1

Ragnarok #1 (IDW): This was, hands-down, my favorite book out of this batch. Legendary Writer/Artist Walter Simonson, joined by colorist extraordinaire Laura Martin (check out our interview with Laura here), makes his triumphant return to the Nine Worlds of Norse Myth that he was so famous for decades ago (granted, with another publisher). Ragnarok has come. The benevolent Gods are dead. Evil rules the land. This is the Twilight of the Gods. Cue Brynja, an assassin Black Elf with a heart of gold and motherly instincts. She's travelling the post-Ragnarok wastelands of the Nine Realms in this pseudo-post apocalyptic western epic with one mission: to kill a God. Speaking of, I don't know what a Stone God is, but it is terrifying and I must know more. I loved this comic, (yep, even with the thought balloons) and I can't wait to see where it goes! (Joe)

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SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR: JOHNNY BRAVO #1

Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo #1 (IDW): The only thing I really knew about Johnny Bravo going into this was that he was a cartoon character and some of his tales were written by Seth MacFarlane. So, already off to a good start, and part of IDW's Super Secret Crisis War crossover (if that doesn't make you chuckle, then you have no fun), I happily dove into this. The outcome? It was okay. The plot served the over-all crossover story just fine, and I didn't feel lost at any point. There were a few pretty funny lines, with, "Hey there Gorgeous. Wanna help me name my abs?" being a highlight, and the art was pretty spot-on with the cartoon. But ... nothing special. If you're a fan of the character, or are looking for a fun adventure comic to pick up for a younger reader, then by all means you should pick up this title. (Joe)

3 out of 5

 

TRANSFORMERS VS G.I. JOE #1

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 (IDW): Editor's Note: Since Geoff and Joe first struck up their friendship over a drunken discussion about their mutual love for The Transformers in 1998 (before The Transformers were cool again, posers!), we thought we'd get both of their takes on this issue...

This new crossover of iconic 80's toy lines is definitely not playing it straight.  Satire? Tongue-in-cheek nostalgia?  I am not sure about either, but it was a pretty fun read.  The art and writing style are straight out of 1985.  I think my favorite part of the first issue was going over each page and trying to remember which of the toys I had as a kid. [Editor's Note: As a kid??] I think this book is only for those who grew up watching the cartoon and playing with the toys. This is definitely not a serious take like the current ongoing incarnations of both G.I. Joe and The Transformers.  But it is fun and it is silly, and a nice trip down memory lane. (Geoff)

3 out of 5

Well, that was ... interesting. I read the Free Comic Book Day issue #0 if this title (free now at comiXology) before getting into #1 so I could have the full story. You know, I am still not sure how I feel about this comic. Like Geoff said up there, it feels like it was an extended episode of both 80's television cartoons. It's fun, it's silly, it's heavy on the Sci-Fi, but not the kind that makes you think too much. Tom Scioli's art was a strange choice, being an odd combination of Jack Kirby's bombasticness and Joe Sacco's "slice of ugly life",  but I have a feeling that was part of the plan. I went into this series thinking I would hate it. But, two issues in, both the art and story grew one me. It's a whole new take on both iconic teams that does not fit in with the current IDW continuity, and I think that works best for the story. That being said, I still wish IDW had played it as straight and serious as they have been in the regular G.I. Joe and Transformers titles. And that I can't get past. But, I will be reading the rest of this mini because I do want to know where they're going with all this madness. I mean, The Serpentress?? Come on!! (Joe)

3.5 out of 5

 

SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 (Image Comics): This is the good stuff!  My only previous experience with Supreme was the Alan Moore run which was very, well ... Alan Moore-ish.  Full of meta commentary on the Superman-ish character and superhero comics in general, the Rob Liefeld-created Supreme is back, this time written by the one-and-only Warren Ellis, with a very interesting first issue.  The table is set with an investigative reporter under the employ of Darius Dax, Supreme's Lex Luthor-like arch nemesis, who is tasked with tracking down a single image of a person who looks vaguely like Supreme.  Mix in some odd dream sequences, cryptic hints, and the shores of Saturn in some distant future, and you have the ingredients for another strange adventure courtesy of Warren Ellis.  The art is fantastic as well: Tula Lotay mixes a sketch art style with what I can only describe as "water colors" to create an atmosphere that feels surreal.  This is a great start and I am looking forward to seeing where this strange trip goes. (Geoff

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ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (Valiant Comics); Filling in some of the spaces in between the plot points of the regular Armor Hunters storyline, Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (part of the Valiant First! initiative) takes us on a journey to the fringes of this battle. When the Earth is attacked, M.E.R.O., the planet's strategic defense organization, calls on Bloodshot to guard them while X-O Manowar is otherwise occupied fighting off the main invaders. And, Mr. I-have-nanites-in-my-blood-and-get-blown-up-regularly does a "bang up" job! Writer Joe Harris does a good job handling both the character of Bloodshot and adding to the Armor Hunters tale. and artist Trevor Hairsine keeps up his quality work as part of the Valiant stable. Much like Armor Hunters itself, this is a great crossover comic that does not feel like filler at all. Valiant and Armor Hunters fans will want to pick this up for sure. While there is a great recap in the opening, my major complaint with the issue is that it does not stand well on its own. You'll definitely need to read the main Armor Hunters title to understand this plot. Still, good stuff. Lots of violence and explosions, and I'd expect no less from a Bloodshot comic. (Joe) [Editor's Note: Check out our preview of Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 here and then read our review of Armor Hunters #1 here!]

4 out of 5

 

Don't just take our word for it! Pick up the issues yourselves then come back here and let us know what you thought!

 

More Reviews on MightyVille:

Number One Bullets: July 16, 2014

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 - A MightyVille Advance Review

MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER #1 - A MightyVille Review

 

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