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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 09-24-14

 

Joe Kach and Geoff Deen take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, IDW, and Image Comics to help you decide what new series to pick up. Image shines this week with Roche Limit and a return to A Voice in the Dark

This week's new #1's are Aliens: Fire and Stone #1, G.I. Joe (2014) #1, A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1, and Roche Limit #1. 

 

ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE #1

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse): Fire and Stone serves as a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to Aliens, but it takes some rather generous leaps of logic to get the story to fit in between the two films.  With a script by Chris Roberson and art by Patric Reynolds, we jump into this story with the Xenomorph assault on LV-426.  The stretch in story telling comes from the fact that we are expected to believe that LV-223, the planet from Prometheus is directly adjacent to LV-426.  So close that the Hadley's Hope survivors can reach it within a few hours.  On the other hand, I really enjoyed the art and felt that it fit in very well with the tone of the Alien universe.  Great work on characters faces and background detail, and I really like the way he captures the violent nature of the xenomorphs.  Leaps in logic aside it is an interesting idea and I am curious to see where it goes, though I do stand by the fact that I think its a very rough start that needs some solid story telling in the next few issues to get back on track. (Geoff)

2.5 out of 5

 

G.I. JOE (2014) #1

G.I. Joe (2014) #1 (IDW):  It's a brand new G.I. Joe book with a whole new direction for a new era! Except it's actually a continuation of the story already in motion. Set about five years after the last volume, this new series picks up with Cobra as an international "peacekeeping" force and Captain Scarlett as the leader of the G.I. Joe team, battling the senate to keep the team from being disbanded (again). I have to admit, I have been pretty underwhelmed with IDW's G.I. Joe offerings over-all, and this new book is no different. Very light on the action and heavy on the Tom Clancy-esque political talkie-talk, the book left me a little cold. Still, it shows promise with Cobra being seen as "good guys" by the general world populace and G.I. Joe having to justify their existence. New writer Karen Traviss (with a military fiction background) handles the characters fairly well, and veteran G.I. Joe artist Steve Kurth brings a slightly new style to the team. Kurth's work has always been solid, but the coloring here makes his sketchy linework look very muddled and it was pretty difficult to tell what was going on from time to time. I'd probably only recommend this series to fans of IDW's G.I. Joe comics. It's not very new-reader friendly and there's not a whole lot there to make you want to come back for more. (Joe)

2.5 out of 5

  

A VOICE IN THE DARK: GET YOUR GUN #1

A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun #1 (Image/Top Cow): Larime Taylor handles both story and art credits in this rather unique story about a young girl with homicidal tendencies.  We pick up the story of Zoey Aarons after she has given in to her base instincts for the second time, just coming off the dual murders of two college coeds.  See, Zoey has always had the urge to kill but has been successful in resisting for so long until being pushed over the edge.  With her cover story in place she attempts to return to normal life, only to be tracked by another young killer.  However, and this is the good part, instead of the stalker story I was expecting, we are led down the rather unexpected path of two lost souls finding a bit of comfort with each other.  I did not know what to think of this book as I started it and by the end I was sucked in.  The calm collected nature of both Zoey and her serial killer suitor are very interesting to read, and the voice Taylor gives her just ... it just fits.  The art keeps follows the same somber tone of the script, simple yet evocative.  The fact that these are two are admitted serial killers, yet they are presented as very personable characters, makes for a intriguing dichotomy.    Like I said, by the end I was totally engrossed and I am looking forward to the next issue. (Geoff)

4 out of 5

 

ROCHE LIMIT #1

Roche Limit #1 (Image):  This book was absolutely fantastic, an absolute home run on all levels.  Art, story, setting ... I really enjoyed all of it.  Moreci Ferrier writes a great world building first issue that lets us know the important parts of this wretched colony of the future without drowning us in unnecessary details.  We get the basics; Andromeda Galaxy, human colony, strange spacial anomaly, crime, lawlessness, and drugs all within a few pages.  From there we dive right in to some good human drama involving a few missing girls, some dangerous players, and a clever drug dealer.  Malhorta Boyd delivers on art as well.  I got a heavy Bladerunner vibe in the design of the colony, futuristic yet dirty.  There is great attention to detail in the character faces  as well as the backgrounds, I never had the issue of not being able to tell who was who from panel to panel.  This feels like the start of a great scifi mystery and I hope it continues on this level, I will be picking up issue two for sure. (Joe)

5 out of 5

 

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