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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 12-16-15


Jingle Bells and Comic Books; the best parts of December. It's an all-new Number 1 Bullets for December 16, 2015 featuring  WeirdWorld #1, Starbrand and Nightmask #1, Squadron Supreme #1, Star Trek: Star Fleet Academy #1, and Judge Dredd 2015 #1. 



WeirdWorld #1 (Marvel Comics)-


One of the few titles to come from the big Secret Wars event, WeirdWorld is Marvel Comics' latest entry into a land of swords and sorcery.  Written by Sam Humphries, the reader is literally dropped into WeirdWorld right away and seen through the eyes of Becca, a young girl on a flight that got pulled into this strange realm.  Befriended by a sword wielding, hot rod-driving female Barbarian that would make Conan jealous, Becca is off on an adventure to find a way home.  The introduction to WeirdWorld is fast and simple and in my opinion that is exactly how it should be: throw the reader into the deep and and let the story unwind over the first arc.  As a reader I am just as lost as Becca and that helps convey the sense of 'other worldliness" that this comic has.  Everything is so over-the-top and outlandish and that makes for a fun read.  Throw in a magic gem as a Dues Ex Machina and Morgan Le Fay as the evil ruler of the land, and the stage is set for all kinds of crazy adventures.  The art has a story book quality to it that meshes with the tone of the comic, it looks almost painted and works amazingly well.  This book has potential to tell some really interesting stories outside of Marvel's normal super hero style, I would recommend picking up the first issue to see it you like it. (Geoff)


Starbrand and Nightmask #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Starbrand and Nightmask were two of the more obscure characters to come out of Johnathan Hickman's Avengers run, and now Marvel Comics is giving them their own stand-alone book.  Written by Greg Weisman with art by Domo Stanton, this new title tells the story of what happens to two of Marvel's most powerful and inexperienced characters when they are not out saving the multiverse.  Apparently the answer is that they go to college.  The awkward teen angst and romantic drama juxtaposed with squaring off against heavy hitters like Nitro and Gravitron, make this a comic that suffers from a sense of split personality, whether that is a good thing or not is very subjective and up the reader, but for me it was not working.  I enjoyed the mysterious nature of Nightmask and the untapped and raw potential of Starbrand when faced with cosmic threats, but bringing them down to arguing about a cramped dorm room and hitting on the one-eyed RA is not something I want to read.  The art is solid and the writing is good, but for me it takes characters I like into a setting I care nothing for.  Starbrand and Nightmask #1 is definitely worth checking out, read the first issue and if you like the story and setting more than I do, by all means stick with it. (Geoff)


Squadron Supreme #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Marvel Comics had bought Hyperion back to the 616 Universe in the beginning of Johnathan Hickman's run on Avengers, part of an AIM plot to probe the multiverse.  Now post-Secret Wars, Hyperion and the rest of the Squadron Supreme are in the 616 Universe, albeit with a clever twist in that the various members of the team each come from a different dimension.  Written by James Robinson with art by Leonard Kirk, this new Squadron Supreme has been one of the highlights of Marvel's relaunch.  This is a group of proactive heroes, each having seen their home world destroyed and thus each is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that does not happen to their new home.  This team does not react to threats, it goes out and intercepts them before they can cause problems.  In the first issue, this new found boldness catches up with Namor, who has much to answer for in regards to the role he played with The Cabal leading up to Secret Wars.  I will not spoil what happens, but those who were looking for Namor to receive justice will not be disappointed.  While the art was not solid throughout the entire issue, the story and writing more than makes up for it.  James Robinson can be a hit-or-miss creator, but this book is a hit for sure.  When reading it, I was reminded of Warren Ellis' run on Stornwatch or JMS and his run with the Marvel Max series Supreme Power, it is fun to read a story about heroes who are willing to push the envelope and take the extra step that most will not.  Don't miss this one, go out and grab it! (Geoff)


Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1 (IDW Publishing)-


IDW Publishing has released a new series into the Star Trek line of comics that focuses on Starfleet Academy in the time line of the universe from the J.J. Abrams movies.  Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1 is written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott with art by Derek Charm and is split between events just before the 2009 Star Trek film and just after the destruction on Vulcan.  The 2258 timeline focuses on Uhura and the mystery behind a strange transmission she is seeing, and the 2261 timeline follows a new Vulcan recruit who is torn between her recently ravaged species and duty to Starfleet.  The stories will no doubt collide over a central plot point further down the road, but for a first issue it was very rote and boring.  The plot involving the known characters felt forced in the way it tried to have everyone interact with each other, even though most did not meet until the events of the first movie and the plot involving the Vulcan recruit is the tired old retread of the smartest kid in the room with no friends who decides to join the team against their will only to no doubt save the day in the end. Couple this with very flat and static art and it makes for a book that I will not continue to read.  I am a die hard Trek fan, but this entry just falls flat and garnered no interest for me. (Geoff)


Judge Dredd 2015 #1 (IDW Publishing)-


I feel like I missed the joke here. Judge Dredd himself has always been a one-trick pony, much like The Punisher. It's where you set him that makes him interesting. I've dabbled in the comics from time to time, but nothing ever really stuck with me, the exception being the first crossover with Batman, mainly due to Bisley's art. The same thing happened here. Writers Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas certainly take Dredd out of his element and throw him into a new world. I can see why some Dredd fans may enjoy this take, but I just didn't find this bold, new world all that interesting. The cover by Farinas says all you need to know about where Dredd wakes up on page 1, and this was probably my favorite part of the issue. The art by Dan McDaid served the story well. I think if you're a fan of Dredd and with what IDW's done with him, then grab this. Otherwise, not so sure. (Joe)


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