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IMPERIAL #1

 

Each week, Geoff D. and Joe Kach read all the new #0s, #1s, and one-shots from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and Valiant Comics to help you decide what new series to pick up! Imperial #1, HowToons #1, and Terminal Hero #1 are looking like winners!

 

USAGI YOJIMBO: SENSO #1

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 (Dark Horse):  Stan Sakai returns to the world of Usagi Yojimbo and takes us 20 years into the title character's future. Now a general, Usagi finds himself caught in a war between two feuding lords. The story is fairly straight-forward, setting up the main characters and giving us a little bit of back-story. The tale is not all that exciting till the end, when a rocket ship crash land sin the middle of the battlefield. Why would that be exciting? Because the story is set in Feudal Japan! While I appreciated the very serious take on cartoon animals and the classic, comic strip-style artwork, I think only true Usagi or Sakai fans would really enjoy this issue. Still, the ending characterization has me intrigued enough to take a look at #2. (Joe)

3 out of 5

 

GENIUS #1

Genius #1 (Image/Top Cow):  Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman return to the character they created for Top Cow's Pilot Season initiative back in 2008. I never read that (even though it's free on comiXology right now), and now I kinda wish I had.  This story left me a little confused. It had a hard time finding a real voice (I was put off by the dialogue at time) and it struggled with direction. The lead character, Destiny Ajaye, has united all the gangs of Los Angeles into a unified front against a corrupt, occupying force known as the LAPD. She has some sort of ability that makes her a military strategist. I think. I'm not really sure. Also, she doesn't seem all that likeable. The issue does a decent job explaining her back story (which leaves me wondering what happened in the Pilot Season issue), but not where her "powers" come from. The art, while nice to look at, was also difficult to follow at times. The pages could have used a bit more structuring. The concept is solid enough that I may come back for another look (after I read Pilot Season: Genius), but the execution was a bit lacking. (Joe)

2.5 out of 5

 

HOWTOONS #!

HowToons: (Re)Ignition #1 (Image): Well, that was certainly a breath of fresh air! Creator Nick Dragotta teams with writer Fred Van Lente and artist Tom Fowler for a really cool take on educational comic books. Kudos to them for taking a risk and also making it enjoyable. Set in a future after the Earth's volcanoes all erupted in nuclear fire, two siblings embark on an adventure to find their parents. Along the way, they use their intellect to make tools and useful objects out of whatever spare parts they can find ... with detailed instructions for the reader to follow! Not only did I learn how to make a flashlight out of toilet paper with my son, but now I can fire marshmallows from a dart gun at co-workers any time I want! Good stuff! It's definitely an all-ages book, so if you're looking for something of a realistic of serious tone, you may not like this. But I do think people should give HowToons a shot. And check out their website while you're at it for more HowToons DIY guides... (Joe) [Editor's Note: Read our interview with creator Nick Dragotta here!]

4.5 out of 5

 

IMPERIAL #1

Imperial #1 (Image): This book was described as a super hero bromance when it was being previewed earlier this year, and I could not think of a better way to describe it.  Steven Seagle pens a great start to a tale of the world's only super hero taking the world's most average guy under his wing to train as earths next protector.  Our protagonist, Mark, is the every-man comic book fan.  I learned all I needed to know about him from a great exchange with his fiance in which he enlightens her on the difference between action figures and dolls, and how they are not just comics ... but graphic novels.  Caught up in his own world of trials and tribulations he is caught off-guard when Imperial informs him that he is going to have to take his place as the defender of humanity.  Mark Dos Santos kills it on art, I really like his style.  Simple lines with very detailed faces that sell the emotions of the characters, and that really shines in a book like this where action is not ruling the day.  Probably my favorite number one of the week, I think this book will be a fun ride going forward. (Geoff)

5 out of 5

 

NIGHTWORLD #1

Nightworld #1 (Image): I believe readers will form their opinions on this book mostly in regards to the art.  Poalo Leandri has a very distinct style, and its that art style that was the original foundation for this title.  Adam McGovern relates the tale of coming across the art and basic plot for this book in a stack of samples from Leandri, the tale of a man who sold his soul to a demon in the hopes of curing his sleepwalking lover who stalks the halls of their castle at night.  This mini-series kicks off with our protagonist seeking a spell to save his lover, only to have a lord of the underworld intervene and chaos, as it tends to do, ensues.  As I stated before, its the art that will make or break this book, and for me it did not make a great first impression.  The story was a good read, but nothing too amazing or thought provoking.  (Joe)

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CAPTAIN VICTORY #1

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1 (Dynamite): The first issue of Joe Casey's new book from Dynamite, about a quest the crew of the Tiger must embark on to find their missing Captain, is a first rate Sci-Fi adventure in the making.  It's a cold opening to the bridge of a star ship in distress and a hasty introduction to our crew of alien oddities, and right from the start we are out for a pretty crazy ride.  This issue features multiple artists but the tone remains the same; I would almost call it chaotic in its approach.  Lots of color and motion in the art make it visually striking, but the action can be hard to follow.  The story itself is well done, only suffering from an overflow of information and world building in the first issue without much characterization of our major players to help it along.  In the end the issue almost feels too short, like just a few more pages could have allowed the plot to fill itself out a bit more.  Instead we get the cliff hanger ending of "what will happen next dear readers?!?", and while it's a draw for issue two, it left me with a feeling of "what did I just read".  An interesting, if messy, start to a new plup scifi story. (Geoff)

3 out of 5

 

HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1

Harbinger: Omegas #1 (Valiant): In this book, writer Joshua Dysart and artist Rafa Sandoval takes us back to the world of Harbinger after the final battle between Harada and Peter Stancheck.  The teenage group Renegades has been disbanded, Peter is dealing with his inner demons with drugs and escapism, and Harada is back and not taking the threat of imprisonment lightly.  Full of teen angst, spandex, and super powered villains, this title is good super hero fun.  The art is good and clean, if a bit generic.  Panel work and colors are all well done and seem to fit the tone of the book the author is looking for.  While all the individual components are there, I just don't see what makes this book stand out.  In a world full of super hero comics, Harbinger does not carve its own unique niche, and thus gets lost in the background noise.  

2.5 out of 5

 

JENNIFER BLOOD: BORN AGAIN #1

Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1 (Dynamite): Steven Grant and Kewber Ball lead us back to the war zone of female Punisher look-a-like, Jennifer Blood.  I enjoyed the original run of Jennifer Blood, but it was missing something once Garth Ennis left the title.  The story later lost focus and I dropped it, but I am glad to see it come back under a new creative team.  This first issue feels like a good start to getting back to what made Jennifer Blood a fun book to read; that being over-the-top violence, a healthy does of sex appeal, and a main character who is both oddly charming and a complete psychopath.  The art falls under the "good, but not great" category.  Very good work with faces and character depictions, yet lacking in backgrounds and action.  Overall, I am glad to see Mrs. Blood return to comics and I will continue to read this new incarnation as long as it stays focused on what makes it entertaining. (Geoff)

4 out of 5

 

TERMINAL HERO #1

Terminal Hero #1 (Dynamite): Written by Peter Milligan and with art by Piotr Kowalski, Terminal Hero is a great first issue and really drew me in.  The issue was a fast read that was well-paced with solid art to match.  The plot is a bit cliched, the whole idea of unlocking the parts of the brain we don't use eventually leading to super powers.  The first thing I thought of at this point in the story was how much it felt like the recent theatrical release of Lucy and the earlier Limitless, movies with a similar plot premise.  But, a story does not have to be totally original to be entertaining, and I found this issue to be a fun read start to finish. (Geoff)

4 out of 5

 

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