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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 5-27-15

 

Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, 12-Gauge, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. You're going to want to take on the sons of the Devil in a fight club today!

This week, Geoff Deen and Joe Kach review Fight Club 2 #1, Indestructible: Stingray #1, Material #1, Sons of the Devil #1, and Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1. 

 

 

Fight Club 2 #1 (Dark Horse)-

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(W) Chuck Palahniuk (A) Cameron Stewart (CA) David Mack
Some imaginary friends never go away ... Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won't last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come...

Tyler Lives! This is Jack's fantastic comic review. While I didn't love the Fight Club novel as much as the film (which is easily in my Top 10 of all time), I am a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk's writing (go check out Invisible Monsters now). When this sequel was first announced, my first concern was that Chuck wouldn't be writing the script. But he did! And it is excellent and unmistakably Palahniuk. I don't want to give away too much: the story picks up roughly 10 years after the conclusion of the novel and it seems that our Narrator is finally living the quaint, quiet life he has always wanted. But as the cracks in reality begin to widen, so does the realization that there's been much more going on than anyone has been aware of. The script is epic, and we are off to what is sure to be another grand adventure in the Tyler Durden saga. While the accolades here mainly go to Palahniuk's script, artist Cameron Stewart certainly deserves a lot of kudos for capturing everything to perfectly. This is a remarkably well put-together comic that everyone should read. Honestly, this is one of the best single issues I have read in a while, and I don't feel like this review does it justice. Rize or Die. (Joe)

 

Indestructible: Stingray #1 (IDW)- 

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(W) Jeff Marsick (A) Luca Reguzzoni (CA) Jeff Langevin
It's tough enough being a mutant teenager, but imagine the challenges when you're  surrounded by role models driven wholly by power, money, and fame. Kelly, a.k.a. Stingray, finds herself the newest member of the League of Defenders, America's premiere super-team, and most dysfunctional "family."

Written by Jeff Marsick, Indestructible: Stingray #1 is a look into the backstory of a popular character from the League of Defenders.  This book is actually the result of a contest that was run to see who could flesh out some backstory on a popular character, and it worked pretty well.  We are offered some intrigue and double-crossing that kept the pages turning, along with a very solid art performance.  If you are currently reading the other League of Defenders comics then this one shot is worth checking out. (Geoff)

 

Material #1 (Image)-

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(W) Alex Kot (A) Will Tempest (CA) Tom Muller
A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed. An actress receives an offer that can revive her career. A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement. A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs. Look around you. Everything is material.

I wonder if an argument can me made that Material, by Ales Kot and Will Tempest, is more of a philosophy essay than it is a comic book.  Beautifully written with a rather intense look at four broken characters, this first issue lays the ground work for what I can only assume is the authors attempts to get us as readers to think a bit more about the different sides to stories we are bombarded with in our never ending 24-hour news cycle.  The book definitely has something to say, but its not exactly entertaining.  It reminds me of when you endlessly scroll through Netflix looking for a fun movie to watch and end up getting sucked into a hard documentary; it's not that Material is bad, it was just unexpected.  I think that readers who are interested in current events and enjoy talking with friends about our current social status and political theater would find this book intriguing, others who are not as in tune might find some of the plot threads confusing as they are directly related to real world events like the death of Michael Brown and the illegal detention of suspects by the Chicago Police Department. (Geoff)

 

Sons of the Devil #1 (Image)-

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(W) Brian Buccellato (A/CA) Toni Infante
From New York Times Best Selling writer BRIAN BUCCELLATO and artist TONI INFANTE comes a psychological horror story about TRAVIS, an average guy trying to get by, who discovers that he has familial ties to a deadly cult. Told across three decades, SONS OF THE DEVIL is an exploration of cults, family, and the dark side of human nature. It's TRUE DETECTIVE and ORPHAN BLACK meets HELTER SKELTER.

We're off to a great start with a promising concept. I've been aware of this title for a while as writer Brian Buccellato launched a Kickstarter a few months back to help fund this series (and it's tie-in short film).  Basically, what if the devil had sired children across the globe from various human mothers and now there's a reason they need to find each other? At least, I think that's the premise. The lead character, Travis, isn't wholly original: a 20-something with a troubled childhood and a hot temper and strangely colored eyes. Travis finds himself pulled into the supernatural world, but isn't quite sure why. It's a creepy comic with creepy art and a solid premise with a cliffhanger assuring I will be back for #2. (Joe)

 

Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato #1 (Dynamite)-

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(W) G. Willow Wilson, Erica Schultz (A) Noah Salonga (CA) Billy Tan
A team-up set up by SWORDS OF SORROW's Gail Simone, featuring the writers that she hand-picked: G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz! When Kato's luxury getaway car, Black Beauty, takes on a mind of its own and goes on a rampage through the streets of New York, Masquerade is hot on its trail... but when the two clash, who will end up in the driver's seat? Strange forces are at work and unlikely heroes must come together to solve the mystery!

Another team up in the Dynamite Comics cross over event Swords of Sorrow, this time pairing up Masquerade and Kato, hits news stands this week.  Authors G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz continue the story of the female heroes of various worlds gathering together to face a new prince of darkness and the female antagonists from the CHOAS line of comics who aid him.  Each wielding a new Sword of Sorrow, Masquerade and Kato are at first pitted against one another before joining forces when the true enemies reveal themselves.  This is the third installment I have read in this series and the cliched hero vs. hero fight in each issue number one is already old, but the good news is, with it out of the way, the story is free to progress.  That was my only hang up with this title, the pacing was great and the art by Noah Salonga was really well done.  All the first issues in this event have so far suffered the same draw back, and that is setting the stage for what is to come.  But that is more a fault of form than poor writing, so it makes recommending the rest of the series that much easier.  Again, if you are fans of these characters in their stand alone books I think this is a must read. (Geoff)

 

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