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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 09-30-15


A brand, new week! We've reviewed as many new first issues as possible to let you know which new series we think you should follow. Read on, readers!

Meet the batch: Colder: Toss The Bones #1, The Cavalry: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1, Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1, Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #1, and Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2015 #1.


Colder: Toss The Bones #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-


 (W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra

Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero-all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero's trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston and a deranged and dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter and consume Declan!

Okay ... This is a tough review. This new volume of Colder from Tobin and Ferreyra is well-written and well-drawn, there is no doubt about it. The book's colors are even pleasantly unique, thanks to Ferreyra and his relative Eduardo Ferreyra.  But I had no #^$%ing clue what was going on in the whole issue. There's someone named Declan who has no fingers but is clearly important. There's Declan's girlfriend/fiance/wife (not sure). Then there's Nimble Jack, who's a Hell of an interesting villain if I've ever seen one. But as I read through this issue, I had no idea how I got here or where it's going or how these characters all tie together. Obviously, reading the previous volumes is a necessity, as the inside cover blurb doesn't give you much. So, if you like spooky, disuturbed, dark stories, tyhis book is for you, butr I would highly recommend you pick up the earlier tales if you've not already read them. (Joe)


The Cavalry: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Jody Houser (A) Luke Ross, Dale Keown
Discover the explosive secrets that are hiding in Agent May's past! When Agent May leads a team of new recruits on a training mission, will she be able to save the day when everything goes wrong? Did someone say "cyber wolves"?

The 50th anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with the latest number one comic from Marvel Comics: The Cavalry #1.  Written by Jody Houser with art by Luke Ross, The Cavalry follows the training of a group of cadets under the tutelage of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  character Melinda May.  When I was done reading this issue, the first thought I tried to sort out was whether or not this was aimed at fans of the show wishing to know more about May, or fans of the comics who are not watching Agents of Shield, for whom this issue would serve as an introduction to May.  In the end, I feel it fails on both fronts.  The backstory of why she is called The Cavalry was finally explained in the latter half of Season Two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and those actions are heavily referenced in this comics, yet nothing is expanded upon.  There is no attempt at taking a closer look at how those events shaped May into who she is now.  On the other side of things, for those who are not watching the show, the myths surrounding those events are told from the point of view of the cadets thus perpetuating a false narrative of the situation.  All of this wrapped around a paper-thin training exercise, left the issue feeling uninspired.  This is an easy issue to skip because in the end it really does not bring anything interesting to the table, for fans of the show or not. (Geoff)


Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 (Valiant Entertainment)-


(W) Joshua Dysart (A) Kano (CA) Raul Allen
A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending. Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada's Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive...and what will be left of them? New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (IMPERIUM, HARBINGER) and blockbuster artist Kano (THE DELINQUENTS) journey to the far end of the Geomancer's BOOK OF DEATH to reveal the final, unavoidable end for two of the Valiant Universe's most powerful foes.

It'a another entry into Valiant's Book of Death series. Similar to a "What If?" or "The End" tale, we take a look at the future of Harbinger, and how the group falls (which should be obvious by the title). Former Harbinger Renegade Peter Stanchek rules the world as a benevolent leader and has kept it safe from Toyo Harada for decades, if not centuries. But all that is about to change. Harbinger has been hit or miss with me since it's launch. This issue had some fairly tedious moments, albeit somewhat touching. But what really made it for me was the ending. If you follow the title, you'll know the Bleeding Monk made an interesting prediction regarding Stanchek and his future that didn't seem to jibe with his personality. Here we see why. And there'a a nice touch in the epilogue letting us know that this may be "an end", but not necessarily "the end". Valiant Vet Kano brings his pencils and inks to the issue and does a great job as usual. So, if you're a fan of Harbginer or are a Book of Death completist, you'll definitely want this. Otherwise, while this is a good read, you may not quite get it. (Joe)


Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #1 (Titan Comics)- 


(W) Nick Abadzis (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Alex Ronald
A fresh new start to an all-new Year Two, as the Tenth Doctor ongoing series takes to the stars! Looking for rest and relaxation, the Tenth Doctor and companion Gabriella Gonzalez take a trip to Earth Station Presley, a mining platform around an enormous gas giant - and home to one of the most spectacular sensory experiences in the universe! The gas giant is a perfect example of human colonists living in harmony with indigenous life, in this case the Shan'tee: conceptual beings perceived by humans as hauntingly beautiful music! But the Doctor and Gabby are walking straight into a war. Something has corrupted the song of the Shan'tee - a mysterious signal of unknown origin - and now the human colonists are trapped in a fight for their lives!

[Editor's Note: Yours truly totally screwed up and sent Geoff the wrong Dr. Who review copy! So, instead of reviewing The Tenth Doctor: Year Two #1, we're looking at the The Eleventh Doctor: Year Two #1, out next week. My bad, but I do hope you enjoy. -Joe]

Titan Comics is continuing the story of the 11th Doctor, and this first issue kicks off their second season with a story line titled "The Then and The Now".  Written by Si Spurrier and Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser, we see the Doctor confronted with events that transpired before the hit relaunch of the current running BBC show.  The 8th Doctor, played briefly by John Hurt, was the War Doctor.  It was his incarnation that fought in the great Time War, a dark point in his history often referenced through the series.  This title weaves a fascinating story that brings some of the repercussions of those events back to haunt the 11th Doctor.  It felt very much like an episode of the show, both in pacing and the voices of the characters.  The art, while not amazing, was serviceable and flowed well from panel to panel to capture the action and move the story along.  Overall this was a very fun read and as a Doctor Who fan I was hooked as soon as I saw the first likeness of John Hurt's 8th Doctor.  I definitely recommend this title for any fans of the show as it shows that even the Doctor's best intentions can have terrible consequences when the effects of those events are spread over a thousand years. (Geoff)


Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2015 #1 (Zenescope Entertainment)- 


(W) Troy Brownfield (A) Mario Del Pennino
Sela Mathers is asked to be a guest speaker at a small college, but what she doesn't realize is that the 3 Little Pigs from her past have some very big horrors in store for her! The 3 Little Pigs return, and this time, they've summoned an evil that may be too powerful for anyone to contain! Could this be the end for Professor Sela Mathers? Find out in Zenescope's all new Halloween Special!

Zenescope Comics' latest number one issue is Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special. Written by Troy Brownfield with art by Mario Del Pennino, this issue has a fairly classic horror setup and thus fits in perfectly for Halloween.  A boarding school in the country, a few remaining students and staff, a guest speaker with mystic abilities, and a raging storm set the stage for a fun slasher.  The demon Beelzebub has been raised by three students and now it's on the loose cutting down those trapped at the school one by one, only Sela Mathers can stop it.  This is my first entry into the Grimm Fairy Tales comics and I thought it was a great read.  No backstory was needed, everything I needed to know about the characters was conveyed in the script and it moved at quick pace as events continued to escalate.  The art was simple but very well done, especially the coloring.  The issue actually built a real sense of tension, which I find to be rare in comics that attempt this kind of simple horror.  It was a fun read that I would easily recommend to those looking for something to get them in the mood for Halloween. (Geoff)


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