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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 10-14-15


Another week, another batch of Number 1 Bullets! We've reviewed as many new first issues as possible to let you know which new series we think you should follow. It's another great week for books, both mainstream and indie!

Today's titles are EVE: Valkyrie #1, The Goon: Theatre Bizarre #1, Superman: Lois & Clark #1, Twilight Children #1, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Cobra World Order Prelude #1, I Hate Fairyland #1, Switch #1, Captain America: Sam Wilson #1, Chewbacca #1, Guardians of the Galaxy #1, New Avengers #1, Spider-Gwen #1, Spider-Man 2099 #1, Uncanny Avengers #1, Assassin's Creed #1, Blood Feud #1, Clandestino #1, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1, Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #1, Rogues: Odd Parenthood #1, and Straitjacket #1.



EVE: Valkyrie #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-


(W) Brian Wood (A) Eduardo Francisco (CA) Borkur Eiriksson
Superstar writer Brian Wood tells the origin of Rán, founder of the Valkyrie—the deadliest space-fighter pilots in the EVE universe! This series leads into EVE: Valkyrie, one of the most hotly anticipated video games of all time, a groundbreaking virtual reality space-dogfighting shooter from the creators of EVE Online.

Set in the universe of the MMORPG, EVE: Valkyrie is the new number one issue from Dark Horse Comics that follows the exploits of Ran as she attempts to survive and exploit the EVE universe.  Written by Brian Wood, the book is very well-written and fit into the hyper-capitalist environment of EVE.  I have played the game on and off over the years but what stayed with me most was the sense of a volatile market economy that dictates all, and this book conveyed that very well.  The lore of the world can be a bit imposing, and most of the locations and names in this issue went over my head, but it was laid out plainly enough that the Ran's story was not hard to follow.  The art by Eduardo Francisco is stunning and his ship designs are a delight to look at.  Any comic book readers who play EVE should not miss this book, and those who don't but are a fan of hard space faring Sci-Fi should check it out as well, it falls under that nebulous heading of not great but a fun read. (Geoff)


The Goon: Theatre Bizarre #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-


(W) Eric Powell (A) Eric Powell, John Dunivant (CA) Eric Powell
In this special Halloween one-shot, Goon finds himself trapped in the Theatre Bizarre at the mercy of Zombo the Clown and burlesque queen Roxi Dlite! Theatre Bizarre is a real-life Halloween event held annually in Detroit, the brainchild of artist John Dunivant!

It’s Halloween in The Goon’s world and Zombo the Clown is here (and he is creepy)! The Goon and his Carnival crew get derailed on their way to their next show and come across the Theatre Bizarre, starring Zombo. Some weird things happen, and then the story resolves itself a little too nicely. The art is great, as is to be expected. The plot is a little flat, saved by Powell’s keen ear for period dialogue. It’s a fun Halloween read. Pick it up if looking for something spooky. (Joe)


Superman: Lois & Clark #1 (DC Comics)-


(W) Dan Jurgens (A/CA) Lee Weeks
Following the epic events of CONVERGENCE, here are the adventures of the last sons and daughter of the Krypton and Earth as they try to survive in a world not their own. But can they keep this world from suffering the same fate as their own? Can this Superman stop the villains he once fought before they are created on this world? What is Intergang, and why does Lois’s discovery of it place everyone she loves in jeopardy? What will happen when their nine-year-old son learns the true identity of his parents? Make way for the original power couple, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do them part!

I’m not happy about this. The story worked. The art was solid. The script was a little meta at times. It felt like classic Superman. And that’s what bothered me. The implication here is that pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane have been around since the dawn of the New 52 universe, thanks to the reshuffling of time due to Convergence. But he’s been operating in secret, watching all these new, “edgy” heroes from the shadows. The New 52 relaunch took some balls. This feels like back pedaling. No matter how good the story or art is, I can’t really get past that, and feels both out of place and unnecessary. (Joe)


Twilight Children #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics)-


(W) Gilbert Hernandez (A/CA) Darwyn Cooke
When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?

A decent entry into a new Vertigo saga. Strange glowing balls are showing up in a small beach town and the denizens have no idea why. Don’t get to close, though, you might go blind. This story serves as a character introduction, and in that sense it succeeds. But there’s not enough here. It’s quite decompressed in its pacing. The script is quite good, as is the art (though sketchier than what I’d usually expect from Cooke). But not a whole lot of anything really happens. It could have used a few more pages to flesh out a better chapter. Still, I’m sure this will be an excellent read once the story is complete. (Joe)


G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Cobra World Order Prelude #1 (IDW Publishing)-


(W) Larry Hama (A) S.L. Gallant (CA) Paul Pope
It's zero hour for Real American Hero! This table-setter leads into a mammoth 6-part bi-weekly event kicking off with next month's RAH #219 and #220! G.I. JOE has been fighting the evil forces of COBRA for decades, but now COBRA is ready to unleash its master plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

I have been away from the Real American Hero comic series for quite some time, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. It did a great job setting up all the key players for the upcoming Cobra World Order event without being overbearing in exposition. There were elements of humor, military jargon, and all the right characters that you’d except for the upcoming saga (I assume that was the new Snake Eyes?). The art served the story quite well, which is no surprise considering how long Gallant’s been in this Joe world. And writer Larry Hama still has it. Pick this up. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle. Yo (Joe)!


I Hate Fairlyland #1 (Image Comics)-


(W/A/CA) Skottie Young
Superstar SKOTTIE YOUNG (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of Oz) makes his Image debut with an ALL-NEW SERIES! The Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness has arrived. In an adventure that ain't for the little kiddies, (unless you have super cool parents, then whatever), you'll meet Gert—a six year old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to find her way back home. Join Gert and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

I was really looking forward to this when it was first announced, based on the creator and concept alone. And while I did enjoy the read, something felt lacking. Or as if it hadn’t been thought through enough and was going through the motions of a comic. Sadly, Gertrude, the lead sociopathic cartoon girl wasn’t terribly engaging. I was hoping for Johnny, the Homicidal Maniac in a cartoon world ... but this is trying a little too hard to be lever and missing. About two thirds of the way in, it started to get tedious. But, the art saves it. There’s potential here, so I’m hoping it picks up a bit. (Joe)


Switch #1 (Top Cow/Image Comics)-


(W/A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
After millions of views on DeviantArt, this popular web comic finally gets its own series. A teenage girl gets a mighty artifact that grants her immense powers...the catch? It's a bit haunted! This self-contained "universe" includes Artifacts and characters from other series (with permission!) in a delectably STJEPAN SEJIC fashion!

I admit I was quite skeptical of this concept when it was first announced. The “Artifacts” saga has been a Top Cow staple for decades. And to give it the ever-clichéd “high school” reboot just seemed like a mistake. But I was wrong. I really enjoyed this. The characters felt both new and familiar, and it side-stepped typical high school tropes to tell a unique story, while still fitting into the Top Cow Universe “idea” quite nicely. You can look at this as "Ultimate" Top Cow, but they have ditched Sara and Jackie for Mary and Tony (which makes it nice for fans of the classic ‘Cow- they’re not being replaced). They’ve added a new element to each of the artifacts, and here the Witchblade employs a new power set which works well in this more streamlined, cohesive reboot. And who better to helm the reboot than Top Cow veteran Stjepan Sejic. I dig the dude’s art, but I would love to see what he can do if given time and losing the “sketchy” feel. My only real complaint is that they didn’t take any risks, it plays itself quite safely in both tone and plot, like something you’d see on ABC on a Wednesday night. But that’s okay. Check this out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. (Joe)


Captain America: Sam Wilson #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W)Nick Spencer (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
When Steve Rogers was restored to his natural age, he chose one of his closest and most trusted allies to take up his shield. Now Sam Wilson, formerly the Avenger known as Falcon, carries on the fight for liberty and justice as the all-new, all-different Captain America!

Another week and another new batch of number one issues from Marvel Comics.  Sam Wilson is back as Captain America, with the start of this new series being written by Nick Spencer with art by Daniel Acuna.  They have taken Cap in a very new direction and I think it was a very smart move.  We all know that Steve Rogers will be back as Cap eventually, so I like that someone made the decision to take a chance and make a very different Captain America book with the time we have with Sam Wilson as Captain America.  This book is extremely political and very timely.  While Steve has always been above politics, Sam chooses to wade right into the grey of the current American political climate and calls it how it is.  Red vs blue, left vs right, White vs Black, and the complete inability of most in our country to see past their personal biases ... whichever side of the coin they land on.  I really thought this was an excellent move and made this version of Captain America stand out and be a character unique to himself instead of just someone borrowing the costume until the next movie comes out.  Sam pays dearly for simply stating the truth and is forced to fight the good fight on his own without the backing of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Along with a great story, the art is second to none, action-packed with great pacing from one panel to the next.  This issue is fantastic, pick it up. (Geoff


Chewbacca #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Phil Noto
Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior CHEWBACCA will star in his very own limited comic series! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, 1872, HULK) and artist Phil Noto (BLACK WIDOW, X-23, UNCANNY X-FORCE) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love. 

Marvel continues its trend of top talent on Star Wars titles with Chewbacca #1, but Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto.  A young girl in dire straits happens across everyone's favorite Wookiee when he is stuck on a planet in the Outer Rim, despite his reservations he agrees to help her save her family from a ruthless oppressor who has them enslaved.  The plot is simple, but it was a blast to read.  Much like Marvel's other lovable giant Groot, Chewy cannot be understood but his charming interaction with the young girl Zarro needs no worlds.  She rambles endlessly in childish fashion and has no idea how to interpret Wookiee-speak, so the two make an adorable pair.  As for the art, it's beyond fantastic.  I am a huge Phil Noto fan so I am throwing all my objectivity out the window and just stating that his work is great.  It was great in Black Widow and it is great here as well.  This title falls on the more lighthearted side for Star Wars, and that is exactly where it should be.  Chewy is endearing and Zarro is instantly likable, this is a fun read and any fans of the new Star Wars relaunch should check it out. (Geoff)


Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Arthur Adams
THE RACCOON'S IN CHARGE! Peter Quill has abandoned the Guardians and his role as Star-Lord to be Emperor of the Spartax. Rocket didn't wait a single minute to take the reins and become team leader of Drax, Venom, Groot, Kitty Pryde (A.K.A. Star-Lady ?!?!) and new Guardian BEN GRIMM, the everloving THING! 

Marvel Comics favorite band of misfit heroes is back in the relaunch of Guardians of the Galaxy, penned again by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Valerio Schiti.  There are a few changes to the look of the team; Peter Quill is stuck playing the role of King of Spartax, Ben Grimm has found a home with the Guardians after the dissolution of the Fantastic Four, and Kitty Pryde is the new Star Lord.  However, even with some new faces, the Guardians still manage to find trouble and get in over their heads.  While I don't feel that Bendis' Guardians ever captured the feel of the stellar Abnett and Lanning run, it is still a fun read with a group of great characters.  Bendis has always handled team dynamics well, and this is no different.  The voices for the characters are unique and you can tell when reading this issue that Bendis loves to write Rocket, he is the center of attention and did not waste a minute to take the leadership role left vacant by Quill's departure.  The art by Valerio Schiti is solid, there is no real critique there save for the fact I am not the biggest fan of the style.  If you liked the first volume of Guardians of the Galaxy by Bendis then this is the book for you; its more of the same which is a good thing. (Geoff)


New Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Gerardo Sandoval 
EVERYTHING IS NEW. In the wake of SECRET WARS, the old order changeth - and Bobby DaCosta, Sunspot, is just the man to changeth it. Welcome to AVENGERS IDEA MECHANICS - a super-scientific global rescue squad of tomorrow's heroes... today! America doesn't want them! S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't know what to do with them! But Earth might not survive without... the NEW AVENGERS!

All-New, All-Different New New Avengers?  Well, if it works, it works, and this relaunch from Marvel Comics is another hit.  When the previews went out for this Marvel relaunch and I saw Al Ewing's name as writer on a few of my favorite current titles, I was worried because I was not too familiar with his work, but if the rest of his comics are as good as New Avengers, then we are in store for more great issues.  Previously, Sunspot had purchased a controlling share in A.I.M. and now has re-branded it to Avengers Idea Mechanics.  Operating out of international waters with a new team, this group of Avengers is not beholden to S.H.I.E.L.D. and that makes Maria Hill nervous.  During a S.H.I.E.L.D. inspection, the new AIM team sets out on its first mission, only to be confronted by the best thing to spill over from the Ultimate Universe, a 1000 year old evil Reed Richards.  This book has such an odd cast, but some returning favorites are Wiccan, Hulking, and Songbird.  The inclusion of Squirrel Girl is just strange, but as comic relief she works and is rather adorable.  The art by Gerardo Sandoval is out of this world; sharp, and dynamic with great action and an angular style that fits this more "high science" take on an Avengers team.  This was a lot of fun to read and I went in to it without very high expectations. It's my sleeper hit of the relaunch. (Geoff)


Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez 
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! Gwen Stacy is back in the webs and has an all-new, all-different mystery to solve: the reappearance of The Lizard! Spider-Woman was convinced that the Lizard died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But when a similar monster goes on a reptilian rampage, she's left with doubts not only about Peter's life, but his death as well. And witness the debut of the Osborns of Earth-65! Fan-favorite creators Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez & Rico Renzi are back for more with a story that every Spider-Fan will be talking about!

Fans asked for it, and Marvel Comics has delivered with an all-new ongoing title for Spider-Gwen.  Spilling out of the Spider-Verse crossover event, Gwen Stacy is back in her universe in which she was bit by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker.  Many things are different, but some never change.  Gwen must use her great power responsibly while being pursued by both villain and police alike.  Gwen herself is a great character to root for and the twist on the Marvel Universe is fun in and of itself, but beyond that I am not finding much in this title to make me want to come back for more.  By far the best aspect is the design of Spider-Gwen herself, that costume is awesome and the huge response of cosplayers across the world proves that out.  The writing by Jason Latour is well done and the story is well told, in then end I just don't think I care enough about a super powered Gwen Stacy to continue reading.  However, those who are fans and did enjoy her in the Spider-Verse cross over should most definitely pick this title up.  As I said, it is well written and the art by Robbi Rodriguez is great. (Geoff)


Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Francesco Mattina 
2099 IN YOUR CALENDARS, #1 IN YOUR HEARTS. With a job at PARKER INDUSTRIES, a stable relationship, and uncertain of what impact his actions will have on the future, Miguel O'Hara has decided that it's time to hang up the webs and retire from being Spider-Man. But when a dangerous new threat appears and puts his new life in jeopardy, he's got no choice but to don some new threads and tackle the problem the only way he knows how: head on! By the webslinging wonders Peter David and Will Sliney (you know 'em, you love 'em.) this is one EXPLOSIVE Spider-Title you won't want to miss.  

Miguel O'Hara is back with another launch title from Marvel Comics, Spider-Man 2099.  Written by Peter David with art by William Sliney, Miguel is still stuck in our present trying to find a way back to his time.  However, the disruption to the timeline has caused his version of 2099 to no longer exist, instead it is a wasteland.  Now working for Parker Industries and with a new love in his life, Miguel has left Spider-Man behind and focused on trying to get home, however that all comes to an end when his life is put in danger.  I was never a big fan of Spider-Man 2099 and the series that ran just before Secret Wars did not grab me, but this first issue has me intrigued.  It was rather standard fare for the first two thirds of the book, but the latter portion had some really powerful character moments and the ending cliffhanger was fantastic.  That powerful ending coupled with great art ensured I will be around for issue #2.  This book was not perfect and Miguel O'Hara is a second tier character at best, but this was a much better read then what I was expecting and is worth a shot, check it out! (Geoff)


Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)-


(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Ryan Stegman 
New team, same mission. Steve Rogers has formed a new Avengers unity squad compromised of humans, mutants and...Inhumans? A new threat to the Avengers is revealed. Wait, is that Deadpool on the cover? Is he seriously an Avenger now?

The last title to review this week for the Marvel Comics relaunch finally breaks the streak of really promising books.  Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Ryan Stegman, Uncanny Avengers was not a very good read.  Steve Rogers has assembled a new unity team consisting of humans, Inhumans, and mutants in order to promote peace and understanding; but can the group get through their first press conference without blowing up at each other?  The answer is an emphatic "no," and it feels very forced and out of character.  In fact, the entire cast feels off.  Spider-Man quits because he hates Deadpool, Rogue spouts off racist Inhuman rhetoric at a press conference, and Steve Rogers is being played by Clint Eastwood's character from Gran Torino.  Okay, the voices are all wrong, but what about the driving force of the plot?  No, that falls flat as well as the team is brought together to combat an Earth-loving, Inhuman hippy.  To top of off, I did not like the art either.  Exaggerated features and body styles with ugly faces combined with hard to follow panel movement made this issue a bit of an eye sore.  This title missed the mark; this is a relaunch that can be skipped until a new creative team gives it a try. (Geoff)


Assassin's Creed #1 (Titan Comics)-


(W) Anthony Del, Conor McCreery (A/CA) Neil Edwards
Charlotte de la Cruz is overeducated and underemployed, wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet. When a real-life conspiracy crashes into her life, she's pulled into the orbit of the Assassins, a mysterious organisation of principled killers with roots stretching back thousands of years - and users of the stolen Animus technology, which allows them to experience the memories of their ancestors as if they were there! Charlotte has a secret in her blood... the genetic memory of an ancestor who was in Salem at the time of the infamous witch trails: Tom Stoddard, an Assassin who witnessed a dark act with repercussions for the present day! As Charlotte is trained in the Assassins' art, and as she begins to investigate the life of her ancestor... the forces of the Templar Order move against her. Will Charlotte learn the skills she needs to survive, and the truth she needs to prove her worth - before the Templars silence her forever?!

Titan Comics has released a new Assassin's Creed mini-series set in the popular world of Ubisoft's hit video game franchise.   Thrown into the battle of Templars vs Assassins again, Charlotte has been using the system as an interactive video game.  That all changes when the real Templar's come to kill her and she is thrust into a series of events that end with her in the animus and going back to the Salem Witch Trials to relive real ancestral memories.  Written by Anthony Del Col and Conner McCreery with art by Neil Edwards, this is a solid story that will be very familiar to fans of the video games.  A quick set up in modern times, a historical object to hunt down, and a young protagonist with a connection to the past.  The setting of the Salem Witch Trials should be interesting as well, a very tumultuous time to set an adventure of this scale.  The art is quite good though the action scenes leave some room for improvement ... the sense of movement is not conveyed very well.  Overall this was a fun read, but nothing ground breaking.  Fans of the games who want to see a new time period explored should give this first issue a shot. (Geoff)


Blood Feud #1 (ONI Press)-


(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Drew Moss
I’ve got a story to tell—a story about how me and a couple of poker buddies squared off against the very legions of Hell … and maybe even saved the world. Like all good yarns, this one has its share of action, adventure, mystery, and romance. As for how it ends, though, you’ll have to judge for yourself. Me, I’ve always been partial to happy endings—the singing cowboy riding off into the sunset—but I reckon that just ain’t the way of the world. This story’s got vampires, too, loads of them, but not in the beginning. It began, for us at least, with spiders.

Oh man, I didn’t see this one coming! Part of ONI’s creator-owned submission strategy from earlier this year, Blood Feud comes out the gates with arms pumping. A little bit western, a little bit horror, a little bit romance, this was one Hell of a tale that had me excited to turn each page. It’s not often I’m caught by surprise like this when it comes to comics. A great story with interesting characters set in the backwoods of the Ozarks, with equally engaging art. It’s the Hatfields and McCoys meets The Deliverance meets The Lost Boys. Read this. You’re in for a (Halloween) treat. (Joe)


Clandestino #1 (Black Mask Studios)-


(W/A/CA) Amancay Nahuelpan
The country of Tairona became a no man's land after the military coup. Guerrillas were formed across the lands, and rebels unified against the dictator to resist the regime. The hopes of many lay on Clandestino, who barely escaped from the military attacks as a child, and was then recruited by the rebel forces, to later lead the revolution against the dictator. An all-new miniseries by Amancay Nahuelpan (Young Terrorists, Boy-1, Robocop).

Violent, Grindhouse fun. In an alternate world where Guerilla warfare runs rampant across the southern United States and Mexico, the man known as Clandestino needs to take a stand against a ruthless dictator for life, liberty ... and his lady. This has been a week of indie hits, and Clandestino #1 fits in perfectly. Nahuelpan has built quite a world here, in both story and art. Engaging characters, a thrilling plot ... I’m on board till the end. (Joe)


Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)-


(W) Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon (A/CA) Andres Ponce
An all-new original story! From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you know only half the truth. Welcome to the mystery, the myth, the terror, and magic of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein. While healing from a beating she suffered at the hands of Victor Helios - once Dr. Frankenstein - and her own maker, Erika Five decides to leave the comfort of her glassed-in porch and bottle of cognac to go exploring into Victor's secret home lab, which she believes is an antechamber to something more sinister. With the help of the bodiless head Karloff and his disembodied hand, Erika finds a secret lab and within sees experiments revealing Victor's attempts to do more than create a race of super-immortals... and a mirror-like portal to another universe, one of infinite realities Victor is trying to bridge for his own horrible reasons!

I felt quite lost after reading this. I know this is an original addition to the Dean Koontz Frankenstein saga, so maybe readers of the novels could make more sense of this. Apparently, Victor Frankenstein is an abusive master who keeps re-creating or re-cloning a girl named Erika. But now Erika is fed up and moves to an alternate world that seems to be flooded. And there is a talking head named Karloff in one universe, and his lips sown together in another. I have no idea, guys. If you’re a fan of the novels, pick this up. Otherwise, move on. (Joe)


Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City #1 (Action Lab Entertainment)-


(W) Kyle Puttkammer (A/CA) Alex Ogle
Midnight is on the hunt, tracking down the mysterious Crow King.  Can the claws of justice outwit this fowl villain and uncover his grand scheme?

Action Lab Entertainment bring us Hero Cats: Midnight over Stellar City, a new #1 marking a new series for this book.  Written by Kyle Puttkammer with art by Alex Ogle, Hero Cats is exactly what it appears to be ... a group of house cats that are out to stop crime and save their city.  Honestly, I just could not get past the premise to reach a place to take this comic seriously, and it is very serious in tone.  The aspect of house cats out to save the day is played completely straight.  No anthropomorphic characters, no silly cartoon action, just paw licking, tip-toeing house cats on the prowl to bust human bad guys.   The art was really nice with a heavy use of color in the background and simple black and white characters, it really popped off the page and looked fantastic.  However, I just found the entire premise of the book to be completely ridiculous.  Those who are really into cats or perhaps those who are into furries might find this interesting, but I cannot see it appealing to others. (Geoff)


Rogues: Odd Parenthood #1 (Amigo Comics)-


(W) El Torres (A) Nacho Tenorio, Sergio Mora (CA) Sergio Mora, Nacho Tenorio
Nacho Tenorio (Army of Darkness, Dark Shadows) and El Torres are proud to announce an all-new story of your favorite robbers: Bram and Weasel! Their boldest job up to now, to break in the most guarded palace in Gerada, had an unexpected outcome - an insufferable baby!

I’d never heard of Amigo Comics. I’d never heard of this particular creative team. Now they are all names to keep my eye on. Our two loveable “Rogues”, Bram and Weasel, find themselves caretakers to an abandoned infant wanted by many. These two reluctant parents do their best to keep the little guy safe from assassins sent by forces of evil, all the while trying to find his true parents. Not the most unique of concepts, but set in a world of swords and sorcery, it works quite well. Great writing with lots of action and heart, some hilarious dialogue, and art that fondly reminds me of the fantasy cartoons of my childhood, I’d say this book’s a winner. Both this title and Straitjacket (Amigo’s other entry) this week, can both stand head to head with any other book on the stands. Recommended read. (Joe)


Straitjacket #1 (Amigo Comics)-


(W) El Torres (A/CA) Guillermo Sanna
A new horror miniseries by El Torres! Enter into the world of Alexandra Wagner. She murdered her brother when she was child. She was institutionalized. Alex believes she protected of our world against "The Outer Darkness" with the help of her brother in the Otherside. Obviously, these are just deliriums, But, how and why is she vanishing from the institution, only to reappear later?

Another surprise entry from Amigo Comics. Alexandra Wagner murdered her twin brother when they were very young in an attempt to keep our world safe from demons from the “Otherside”. Of course, no one believes this murderous lunatic who now spends her days locked in an insane asylum. But she’s there by choice. Because she’s not locked in with the loonies. The monsters possessing said loonies are locked in here with her (with a little help from her dead brother)! Like the previous title, Rogues, Straitjacket is very well-written with a unique take on a fan-favorite trope, including unique characters and voices. Sanna’s art is a little rough at times, but still easy to follow. This story was creepy and cool. Pick it up if you can find it! (Joe)


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