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Number One Bullets: 06-24-15

 

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. It's Ladies week with Mulan, Lady Zorro, and Black Sparrow!

This week, Geoff Deen, Sam Moyerman, and Joe Kach review  Mulan: Revelations #1, Dead Squad: Ayala Tal #1, Garbage Pail Kids: Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind #1, and Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro #1. 

 

 

Mulan: Revelations #1 (Dark Horse)-

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(W) Marc Andreyko (A/CA) Micah Kaneshiro
Though the future boasts endless technological wonders, only a very few can afford access to them. As a new virus rages through the rich and poor, threatening all of humanity, a warrior is awakened to stop the evil puppeteers behind it all! Centuries after her ancestor and namesake fought for China, a new Mulan has been chosen by the ancient Chinese immortals in a final battle for the world!

What happens when you mix Bladerunner with a Disney movie? You get Mulan: Revelations, a cyber punk re-imagining of a classic tale.  Written by Robert Alter and Marc Andreyko, this new take on Mulan sees our titular character on the losing end of a battle against some sort of demons in the past, only to pick up in a 22nd century version of China in which the world is being ravished by a techno-virus eating away at humanity's obsession with tech implants. It would seem our demons from the past are back and up to no good, and once this reincarnated (or is she?) version of Mulan has her secret outed she finds herself pursed by them yet again.  The art by Micah Kaneshiro is great, with colors that look painted.  A heavy Ghost in the Shell influence is present in the art, it also reminds me of art in Valiant Comics' Rai.  This was a fun read, not ground breaking but very entertaining. (Geoff)

 

Dead Squad: Ayala Tal #1 (IDW)-

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(W) Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia (A) Netho Diaz (CA) Jeff Langevin
From the pages of DEAD SQUAD, the spotlight is finally shone on the mystery and history of Ayala Tal. Who is this sensual and savage killer? What does she want? And why? 

This book sets out to tell the background of the main character, Ayala Tal.  On that front, it succeeds.  It gives you her origin, from decorated Israeli soldier to mercenary for hire, it's all laid out for everyone.  The artwork is paced fairly well and never distracting of confusing.  But there's nothing really special about it.  It just moves from scene to scene.  There's a silent action scene in the middle even that fails to build tension.  It's serviceable and will be something that fans of the character will probably like.  But for others, there's really nothing to draw someone into the book.  They also don't specifically showcase where it ties into existing Dead Squad continuity for any new readers trying to get into the comic, which would be helpful and build more excitement. (Sam)

 

Garbage Pail Kids: Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind #1 (IDW)-

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(W/A) Roger Langridge, Hilary Barta (CA) Mark Pingatore
Join the Garbage Pail Kids for a literally breathtaking foray into the most bizarre and amazing worlds of the future!

Are you a huge fan of the old Garbage Pail Kids cards, cartoon, or movie? Are you a fan of the Garbage Pail Kids comics put out by IDW? Are you an immature 13-year-old that thinks poop is funny? Then this is the book for you! Otherwise, don't even pick it up unless you are dying to see how the search for an alien life form via face farts turns out or what it's like crash-landing on a planet made of shit. The art is fitting, I'll give it that. (Joe)

 

Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro #1 (Dynamite)-

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(W) Erica Schultz (A) Cristhian Zamora (CA) Joyce Chin
A team-up set up by SWORDS OF SORROW's Gail Simone, featuring the writer that she hand-picked: Erica Schultz! Lady Zorro and The Black Sparrow, two women from different times, join forces to fight Prince Charming's Shards of Chaos in a prehistoric land. With their Swords of Sorrow, they fight to keep an ancient stone with mystical abilities out of the Prince's grasp.

Another week, another number one from Dynamite's all-female crossover event.  The meeting of Black Sparrow and Lady Zorro is brought to us by Erica Schultz and artist Cristhian Zamora, and with this title it feels as we are making some movement towards getting away from introductions and actually moving on to story telling.  Mystical swords, a courier, and some dimension-jumping bring our two heroes together along with a magical artifact that feels as though it will play into the story at large.  While all our female heroes act like chess pieces on the board, the actual players are brought front and center at the end of this issue, giving it a sense of momentum towards the main story which was sorely lacking from the other spin off titles.  Solid art, no time-wasting backstory, and no cliched hero-on-hero fight made this one of better spin off series by far.  Now its time to bring it all together and get this adventure moving! (Geoff)

 

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