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NUMBER ONE BULLETS: 10-01-14

 

Joe and Geoff are back to review the new first issues from Dynamite, Image, and Valiant Comics to help you decide what new series to pick up. Dynamite comes out ahead this week with the coupling of Charlie Wormwood and Mercy Thompson!

This week's issues are Cutter #1, The Li'l Depressed Boy: Supposed To Be There, Too #1, Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1, The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1, Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini #1, and Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly #1.

 

CUTTER #1

Cutter #1 (Image/Top Cow)-

3 out of 5

Okay, something a little different than what we are used to from Top Cow. Joining the new trend of high-concept horror comics, Cutter sets up a murder mystery in a small town. Something happened to Emily at Prospect Creek years ago. What, we do not know ... Is she the serial killer known as Cutter? We'll have to wait to find out. Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey tell a well-paced, if somewhat unoriginal, tale that carries the story along nicely. The main problem I had with the title was the art. Very sketchy, almost incomplete, and it was hard to tell what was going on, especially on the last few pages, which took away from the clifhanger (because I had no idea what was going on). Over-all, not a bad story, but the art could use some work. (Joe)

 

THE LI'L DEPRESSED BOY #1

The Li'l Depressed Boy: Supposed To Be There, Too #1 (Image)-

3 out of 5

Well, I enjoyed this issue. It's a bit more on the "cutesy" side than what I normally read, and also my first dip into the Li'l Depressed Boy pool. The comic definitely felt "indie" and I don't mean that in a bad way. The story is of the "slice of life' variety, which I am sure is where the previous issues also resided. Sina Grace does a good job withe art, giving everyone a unique and realistic look. The issue did feel short. As soon as the story got going, it ended rather abruptly. I don't know if this is a series I will keep following, but it is something I would recommend to people look for something off the beaten path. Also good comic to "bring in women readers". (Joe)

 

ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1

Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1 (Valiant)-

3.5 out of 5

This is strictly a set-up issue that sets up the new direction of the Unity team in the post-Armor Hunters world. This is technically Armor Hunters #5. It's not a bad issue, but nothing all that great either. As far as Valiant titles go, this one was a little lacking, though enjoyable. X-O Manowar scribe Robert Venditti takes the writing reigns here, too, letting us in on what to expect from future issues of X-O Manowar, Unity, Bloodshot, etc. The art by Cafu fits the story just fine. Fans of the Valiant Universe will definitely want to check out this story as it does introduce some surprising changes to some character status quos and sets the stage for what's to come. (Joe)

 

THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1 (Dynamite)-

4 out of 5

Christina Blanch and Chris Carr bring their webcomic to the printed format in the new number one from Dynamite Comics, The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.  With amazingly detailed black and white art by Chee, this book looks fantastic and reminds me of the art from the first arc of The Walking Dead.  While only using black and white, the shading and detail is so good you forget that it lacks color.  The story is pretty dark and depressing for sure, but it's very well told, and the first issue, creates instant empathy for our protagonist.  The switch to print only suffers in the pacing, as you can tell this issue is made up of four distinct web shorts.  The breaks make the reading a bit uneven, but over-all it is still a great read.  Reading this gave me the same feelings I have when watching The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad: nothing good is happening anywhere in this tale, yet I am eagerly awaiting the next issue to see how much worse it inevitably gets. (Geoff)

 

HOLMES VS HOUDINI #!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1 (Dynamite)-

2 out of 5

The world's greatest detective versus the world's greatest escape artist!  Anthony Del Col and Connor McCreery bring us this tale of two legendary figures matching wits. While performing in London, Harry Houdini crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes and seeks to stump the great detective with his daring feats of escape, while Holmes makes constant reference to logic and slight of hand being all he needs, and those who proclaim to practice 'magic' are but mere charlatans.  When confronted by what appears to be true magic while on stage, Houdini and Holmes must work together to solve the mystery.  The story is rather tame and predictable, well-written and well-paced, but still lacking anything really captivating.  This feels like a very by-the-numbers story featuring established characters, which is a shame because I think with a little more creativity one could come up with a very off-the-wall tale involving these two very unique individuals.  The art by Carlos Furuzono is serviceable; it does not detract from the story, but it does not add anything to it either.  I feel like I already know where this book will end, so I think I am going to pass on issue number two... (Geoff)

 

MERCY JOHNSON #1

Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jiilly #1 (Dynamite)-

3.5 out of 5

Werewolves, the supernatural, and high school ... where have we seen this before?  While the initial comparisons to Twilight are pretty on-the-nose, I feel that this book will not fall into that cliche.  The story by Patricia Briggs and Rik Hoskin moves quickly away from the wolfpack opening into a mystery revolving around the discovery of dozens of bodies of small children found near an abandoned farm house.  The world that is established is one where the supernatural is accepted, if not fully understood.  The art by Tom Garcia is great, I really liked it.  Good detail in the characters, even down to their tattoos, and the backgrounds are full and deep ... no cheating going on here.  So we are left with a small town murder mystery with a supernatural flair and some really great art, if that sounds like something you are interested in then this title is a good pickup.  

 

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