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NUMBER ONE BULLETS 09/17/2014

 

This week, Joe Kach and Geoff Deen take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, and Image Comics to help you decide what new series to pick up! It's the Return of Cal McDonald at Dark Horse and fans of the classic Bionic Woman television series will be happy. 

Today's comics are Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1, Super Secret Crisis War: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends #1, Oddly Normal #1, Bionic Woman Season 4 #1, and Purgatori #1. 

 

CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE THIRD CHILD

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 (Dark Horse): From the author of 30 Days of Night we get a new number one from Dark Horse Comics: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child.  This next volume in the Criminal Macabre series brings us into the dark places only Steve Niles can, and the art of Christopher Mitten makes it a pretty awesome package.  Even if you are unfamiliar with our main character Cal and his fall, this number one does a good job of subtlety setting the stage and brings new readers into the fold without an excess of exposition.  In just a few short panels we are brought up to speed on the dark place the world finds itself in, as well as the less that optimal mental condition of our protagonist.   As one would expect, the monsters of the world are threatening once again and chief among them is the return of Jason Hemlock ... a return which can hold no good news for Cal.  As a newcomer to the series myself I was drawn in immediately; and as a fan of 30 Days of Night I felt as if I was in a world I already understood.  The art is clean and dark, as one would want for a Steve Niles book.  I would recommend this as a pickup for both those who have read the previous Criminal Macabre stories as well as fans of 30 Days of Night who are looking to follow the further works of Steve Niles. (Geoff)

4 out of 5

 

SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR: FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS

Super Secret Crisis War: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends #1 (IDW): The Super Secret Crisis War rages on and this time, Bloo, Mac, and the rest of the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends get drafted into action! IDW's Cartoon Network crossover continues on, and this one-shot brings the Foster's Home kids to the front lines as they battle an evil robot minion posing as the benevolent Pixel. The issue accomplishes what it sets out to do and is a great read for kids. If you've been following the Super Secret Crisis War crossover, or are a fan of the Cartoon Network comics published by IDW, then this is for you. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone on a whim, though, because if you're not familiar with these worlds or the crossover, you'll be lost. (Joe)

3 out of 5

 

 ODDLY NORMAL

Oddly Normal #1 (Image): Creator Otis Frampton brings us the adventure of Oddly Normal, a young girl with special abilities, due to her mother being a Witch from the land of Fignation. The art is cute and fits the story well. The coloring really stood out to me for some reason. The story itself is fine, albeit unoriginal. Oddly suffers the same fate as many as teens and pre-teens in comics: picked on at school, socially awkward outside of school, parents that just don't understand, and that teen angst we all know and love. Unfortunately, there's not much here that elevates the story past that. Still, there's a cliffhanger that makes you wonder what's in store for our pointy-eared heroine, and anyone looking for something they can share with younger readers will most likely enjoy this tale. (Joe)

3 out of 5

 

 BIONIC WOMAN SEASON 4 #1

The Bionic Woman Season 4 #1 (Dynamite): Well, you pretty much know what you're going to get here by the title alone. Written by Brandon Jerwa and drawn by David Cabrera, this new Bionic Woman series picks up right where the original television series ended. Fans of the original show, or the Bionic Man/Bionic Woman comic book franchises, will most likely enjoy this issue and will want to continue on. Otherwise, you may want to consider something else. Jerwa services the story just fine, and the art fits the tone and falls right in line with most Dynamite titles. But, the issue isn't quite strong enough to break apart from everything else on the stands. But, again, if you dig the "Bionic Team", and have a soft spot in your heart for the days of synthesized soundtracks and shiny jumpsuits, then by all means, check this book out. (Joe)

3 out of 5

 

PURGATORI #1

Purgatori #1 (Dynamite): To Hell and Back is the next stand alone chapter in which Purgatori gets her first ongoing series, from author Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes.  Emerging out of the Chaos line of comics from Dynamite Entertainment, this new number one find the vampire goddess Purgatori at the mercy of Lucifer.  While his release of her to the mortal world seems like kindness, we soon find out everything has its price.  While I do enjoy the characters back story and I am quite fond of the various references to Nordic and Christian versions of the afterlife, I can't help but feel this book goes just a bit too far in its quest for sexual allusions and overt displays of flesh.  From an S&M opening, to bondage, prostitution, and submission; this book quickly takes a veiled attempt at eroticism and drowns it in bad taste.  The art is good and fits the story well, but I can't help but wonder who this book is aimed at.  The art and violence seems to be aimed at an older audience, but the unnecessary exposition and juvenile sexual themes feel aimed at the lowest common denominator of teenage boys. I am going to have to pass on the rest of this series unless the following issues place plot and characterization above sex and violence. (Geoff)

1 out of 5

 

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