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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 10-22-14


Sommer K. joins the Number One Bullets Team (Geoff D, Sam Moyerman, and Joe Kach) this week as we take an early look at all the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, and Image Comics so you know what to grab. Dark Horse and Image pull ahead this week with Father's Day and Goners!

This week, we're looking at Colder: The Bad Seed #1, Father's Day #1, Predator: Fire and Stone #1, Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1, Edward Scissorhands #1, Super Secret Crisis War: Cow and Chicken #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1, Goners #1, Chaos: The Chosen One-Shot #1, and Vampirella: Prelude to Shadows One-Shot #1.



Colder: The Bad Seed #1 (Dark Horse)-

2 out of 5

Ooof.  Everything that was right with the introduction of Goners (keep reading) is wrong here.  Too much bland dialogue that just seems thrown in.  A conversation which, based on the artwork shown, takes place with one line every 15 minutes. Thankfully, a bad guy shows up and starts cutting people up, while we watch our hero doing his thing on the other side of town.  Then it gets slow again. The main pieces of the story where the action and motivation are are handled quite well, it's just everything else that seems to be messing it up. One other note is that their depiction of the insane is a bit redundant and in some ways romanticized.  The artwork, which owes debts to the old Richard Isanove pencil-style is effective (although there are some panels where the transition is jarring: one in particular where the characters all change places for no reason mid conversation).  As long as the villain is getting a good piece of this book, I can recommend it. (Sam)



Father's Day #1 (Dark Horse)-

4 out of 5

This was a fun, if brief, first issue for the new comic from Publisher Mike Richardson with art by Gabriel Guzman.  Our story starts off pretty simple: a man's world is thrown into turmoil when the daughter he left behind years ago shows up on his front doorstep asking questions.  However, a script out of your usual soap opera gets turned on its head when the reasons for the father's absence becomes clear: the approach of a few mob enforcers.  Now they are on the run: the ex-mob enforcer and the daughter who hates him for leaving her.  I enjoyed this issue and its flowed exceptionally well, reminding me of the pacing of a new TV series with a cold open.  Guzman's art is good, and while it's not the most dynamic art, it does convey the sense of motion very well.  This one is worth looking into, check it out. (Geoff)



Predator: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse)-

2.5 out of 5

Joshua Williamson and Christopher Mooneyham bring us the next installment in the Fire and Stone series that is branching several properties in the Dark Horse Alien franchise.  Picking up from our last point of view, this title follows the Predators that have descended upon the last humans attempting to escape the massacre of LV-233.  This was one of the weaker entries for sure, but I think it suffers more from limited scope than bad writing or art.  The art is probably my favorite part, the pencils are a bit messy but I feel that it fits the atmosphere of these titles.  What brings this particular entry down is two fold: one is that it is completely dependent on the reader having read the other number ones in the Fire and Stone series; two is that there is no sense of tension.  The Predator movies have always lived on an ever-increasing sense of tension building up to a final confrontation, but this book has the crew coming face-to-face with the Predator within the first few pages.  Which brings me back to point one: the issue is too reliant on the assumption you have read all the others in the series. (Geoff)



Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate #1 (IDW)-

3 out of 5

This book is simple.  It, fittingly, plays out like a Saturday morning cartoon.  There's a good guy in danger.  Another one shows up to save them.  The characters have names but they are not important.  They are too generic to even care what their names are.  We're better off just thinking of them as their Dungeons and Dragons class.  The artwork plays more towards the fun and cartoonish.  And you know what?  None of this means it's not a fun comic book to read.  If you're expecting super-deep stories that really make you think with metaphors to life, this isn't the book for you.  As long as you are prepared to accept this book for what it is, you might find yourself enjoying it more than you thought. (Sam)



Edward Scissorhands #1 (IDW)-

3 out of 5

This new series from IDW, from writer Kate Leth and artist Drew Rausch, bring us back to the Edward Scissorhands story, but much later in time. The Narrating Grandmother has passed away, and the little girl is now a teen. Meanwhile, Edward has stayed hiding in his castle, lonelier than ever. Unfortunately, the witty satire and surrealistic portrayal of suburban life-- which made the film so engrossing to its longtime fans-- was absent from the comic. There is not much to this initial story, but the angsty and misunderstood characters, plus the dark and moody, yet animated artwork, will appeal to the Hot Topic shoppers. I'd recommend this comic to teenagers. (Sommer)



Super Secret Crisis War: Cow and Chicken #1 (IDW)-

3 out of 5

Okay, if you've been reading the Super Secret Crisis War crossover at IDW, then you should get this book. Or, if you are a fan of the Cow and Chicken cartoon, then you too should pick this up. Otherwise, I can't really recommend it to everyone. The story by Jim Zub fits right in with the rest of the series, and the artwork by Jorge Monlongo pulls the characters off the TV screen and onto the page. Both are solid within the realm of this context. This is a great read for younger audiences, and keeps the SSCW saga rolling. (Joe)



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1 (IDW)-

3.5 out of 5

I really wanted to love this issue, combining two of my favorite 1980's franchises into one book for the first time. While this issue wasn't bad by any means, it was still lacking and suffered a little from being a set-up issue. Written by Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz, with art by Charles Paul Wilson II, Cory Smith, and Dan Schoening, the latter being the standout, the tale finds the Turtles testing something that looks a lot like a Star Gate and accidentally ending up in the Ghostbusters world, where some ancient demons with ties to Krang are on the attack. There's not a whole lot going on in this issue, other than the introduction of a new batch of antagonists, and the story suffered from three different art styles (the Turtles, for example, look different between artists; sometimes with eyeballs, sometimes without, and their padding was inconsistent across artists. Yes, I'm being nit-picky.) So, while I was hoping for more from this issue, I do feel the mini-series itself has promise and I'm on board for the rest. I'd probably recommend this issue to most people, and definitely fans of the '80s cartoon genre. (Joe)



Goners #1 (Image)-

4 out of 5

Well that was a surprisingly fun, action-packed ride.   It sets the stage perfectly, giving just enough exposition that you are off and running with it from the start.  Similarly, we learn all we need to know from the dialogue between the characters.  The parent, ghost-hunting tandem is introduced in a great way with their kids watching at home on TV.  Should be a fun time, right? Not so much for the kids, lots of it for us readers.  Jacob Semahn really knows these characters and it shows.  Artist Jorge Carona, who has a little bit of Humberto Ramos in him, nails each part perfectly.  He keeps up with the frenetic pace and handles both the funny and scary bits with great effect.  This book does everything right.  It keeps you engaged and interested without giving too much away and makes you look forward to more. (Sam)



Chaos: The Chosen One-Shot #1 (Dynamite)-

2.5 out of 5

Dynamite's Chaos Comics revival has been all over the place, and this issue is no different. It felt like a syndicated TV series that would air on a Sunday afternoon. Quite generic and unoriginal, with some cringe-worthy dialogue that tries to hard to be hip and modern (a character says "yo" before every single sentence). We're (re-) introduced to The Chosen Team, a group of monster teenagers that go after ... other monsters. I had trouble finishing the one-shot. I expected a little bit more from writer Michael Moreci, who's generally delivered well on his projects. The issue is broken up into two parts with two artists who do a decent job, but both are still green and it shows. At times it was hard to tell what was going on from panel to panel. If you've been following the Chaos revival, or are a fan of the previous incarnation of The Chosen, then by all means, pick up this book. Otherwise, you'll probably enjoy something else a little more. (Joe)



Vampirella: Prelude to Shadows One-Shot #1 (Dynamite)-

3.5 out of 5

This one-shot comic sets the stage for a new Vampirella series.  Written by Nancy Collins with art by Cristhian Zamora, Prelude to Shadows sees our protagonist brought back into service working for the Catholic group Ceustus Dei.  It would seem that the mistress of Satan is up to no good, recruiting a new temptress for His grace from a group of nuns who she has tempted with lust and desire.  Our heroine jumps to action to infiltrate the convent and expose the demon.  The ending of the story is tagged with a street fair scene in which an old volume of the Crimson Chronicle is discovered, leading to what I assume will be our new series.  The art and storytelling in this book is very good. This is my first exposure to the character of Vampirella and at no point did I feel lost, nor was I forced to suffer through extensive exposition to explain the setting.  While not necessarily required reading for jumping on board with the latest Vampirella story, this was a good read and includes a re-colored and re-printed comic from 1971.  The art on this book is absolutely amazing for the time, so if you pick up this one shot don't skip the short story at the end! (Geoff)


Don't just take our word for it ... Pick up the comics yourself and let us know what you think!!


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