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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 01-06-16


Hey, hey, hey! Happy New Year, everybody! It's a new year, which means it's also time for new comics reviews with Number 1 Bullets. Joe Kach and Geoff Deen take a look at: Lone Wolf 2100 #1, Swamp Thing #1, A-Force #1, Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, Deadpool/Cable: Split Second #1, Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1, and Uncanny X-Men #1.



Lone Wolf 2100 #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-


Lone Wolf and Cub meets the Omega Man in this new first issue from Dark Horse Comics. Written by Eric Heisserer with art by Migeul Sepulveda and Javier Mena, Lone Wolf 2100 tells the story of Itto, a lone "droid" (not that kind) travelling the future wasteland of Chicago in an attempt to reunite a little girl with her (most likely) dead father. The story wasn't bad, but unfortunately had a bit of a re-tread feel to it. The characters were interesting, and the cliffhanger was compelling enough for me to give it a few more issues. Sepulveda's art served the story well, with solid action sequences and good use of backgrounds. I think fans of the post-apocalyptic genre will dig this. I'll give it two more issue to decide. (Joe)


Swamp Thing #1 (DC Comics)-


A return to the classic Swamp Thing storytelling, by Swampy's co-creator, Len Wein himself. Joined by Kelley Jones on art, they tell the tale of the Earth's Avatar of the green as he returns to his "roots" in the Louisiana swamps. Since Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, the story changed from focusing on a monster-hunter-of-the-month to a sweeping epic of grand, sophisticated, supernatural storytelling. This carried on through to the recent Scott Snyder and then Charles Soule New 52 run. Now, this new chapter goes back to the old school where Swamp Thing has been tasked with taking on an undead behemoth stalking the swamps. While there was nothing wrong with this issue, and the art by Jones was great for the most part, I just didn't find this revisionist take all that engaging. Swampy's monologues fell a little flat and seemed odd (why does he chastise an alligator in English as he batters it?), and his new, zombie challenge felt a bit cliched. Jones' art, when on, makes it seem like he was born to draw this book. But when off, it came off as sketchy and amateurish, with little attention to background details. I was excited to hear Swamp Thing was returning in this new #1, so I'll pick up the next few issues, but really hope it picks up. this is a great character. (Joe)


Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Marvel Comics is continuing to push Deadpool very hard as one of their top-tier characters, and sometimes he is a hit while at others a complete miss.  Too over-the-top and he becomes annoying, played too straight and he is boring.  However, Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness have found the sweet spot in the new #1 issue out this week: Spider-Man/Deadpool.  Spider-Man and Deadpool are caught in the grips of the evil Dormammu, and apparently, they are also a bit too close to each other to avoid Wade Wilson's sexual innuendos.  The Deadpool humor is alive and present in this title from page one, using Spider-Man as the foil/friend in this issue that sees the two of them teaming up in a rather odd pairing.  Spider-Man has no love for Deadpool as was evident in the first issue of their Avengers title which saw Spider-Man quit the team over Wade's antics.  That hostility is carried over into this book as Spidey begrudgingly helps Deadpool out of a mess he has gotten into, only to have it revealed at the end that things are not what they seem and Deadpool is not the innocent buffoon he makes himself out to be.  There are some real moments in this book between all the wise cracks wherein Deadpool is written as an interesting character instead of a one-note joke, and that makes him far more interesting.  Complimenting the writing is the art by McGuinness which has always been fantastic and fun to look at.  Good action, funny banter, and a dark reveal make this title a good read that I went into with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised.  Deadpool fans looking for a better-written character than the one present in his main solo book should check this one out. (Geoff)


Deadpool/Cable: Split Second #1 (Marvel Comics)-


This review is coming a week late, but Split Second was a Infinite Comic published by Marvel digitally that I looked at but could just not get into the format.  I picked up the paper copy and found the comic much more enjoyable. I read this right after Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 and was pleasantly surprised to read two enjoyable, if not amazing, Deadpool stories back to back.  Written by Marvel veteran scribe Fabian Nicieza with art by Reilly Brown, Split Second sees Deadpool reunited with his 90's BFF Cable.  The plot about infiltrating a Hydra base and trying to stop a time-traveling assassin is secondary to the jokes and antics Deadpool gets into, but that is okay because they made for an entertaining read.  Cable playing the straight man foil for Deadpool was fun and nostalgic, the inclusion of Hydra agent Bob was funny and a nice touch, but the highlight of the book was the scene with Shiklah, Deadpool's wife.  The flabbergasted look on her face during their exchange over naughty outfits and a sacrificed goat was hilarious.  Solid art with great colors compliment the writing; factor that in with a strong does of nostalgia for seeing Deadpool and Cable together again, and you have yourself a rather entertaining comic. (Geoff)


A-Force #1 (Marvel Comics)-


One of the few titles to spin out of Secret Wars and into a new ongoing book is A-Force from Marvel Comics.  Written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Jorge Molina, newcomer to the Marvel Universe Singularity finds herself adrift near Earth, but it is not the Earth she remembers.  She still has her memories from Battleworld and the city of Arcadia, where Marvel's female superheroes stood together and were her friends.  As Singularity crosses paths with Captain Marvel, She Hulk, and Medusa, she soon learns while the players in this new world are the same, the relationships she cherishes never existed.  This book lives and dies on Singularity drawing new readers in and making them understand her sense of confusion and loss, and it does this excellently.  She is painted as both powerful and innocent, with a naive and gentle quality that is instantly endearing.  The art by Molina is beyond fabulous and a total home run.  Great lines, scope, and scale, and the attention paid to the emotions on Singularity's face is very well done.  I was not a fan of the A-Force title in Secret Wars, but this first issue of the new series brought me in and kept my attention far better than the previous mini-series even when it was complete.  This is an easy one to recommend, and another new title from Marvel that would be great for young female readers interested in the seemingly endless flood of superhero stories being brought to the big screen and television. (Geoff)


Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1 (Marvel Comics)-


After two short-lived solo titles of their own, Marvel's favorite misfits are back in Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1.  Skottie Young is back on writing duties and it is a welcome return; his voice for Rocket was always spot-on and his previous run with the character was well-received and pretty funny.  This new series gets off to a strange start with the Guardians of the Galaxy mourning the death of Rocket and Groot and shooting an empty coffin into space.  Before you know it, we cross paths with Pockets and Shrub, a mouse and living bush pairing that bares a rather comic similarity to our heroes and their quest to bring a gift to the new crime leader who is none other than Rocket himself!  And the gift ... well, that is Groot himself and why does he look like a tree from the local park that has been carved into for years?  I have no idea what is going on but that is okay, the book is fun to read, the doppelgangers were funny, and the art from Filipe Andrade was colorful and appropriately cartoonish.   However, all that aside, this book fails when looked at as a #1 that is meant to bring in new readers.  The early jokes require the reader know the dynamic of the new team, and the rest of the book is dealing with very different versions of Rocket and Groot.  Are they mind wiped? Is this an alternate dimension?  A solid cliffhanger is needed to bring readers back for #2, but I felt there was not a solid groundwork laid in this story for new readers.  Having said all that, returning readers will feel right at home and should definitely pick this book up. (Geoff)


Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)-


Magneto is back and leading a new group of X-Men in Marvel's latest entry into the Mutant-verse, the all-new Uncanny X-Men #1.  Written by Cullen Bunn, this relaunch of one of Marvel's flagship titles has Magneto leading a group of mutants including Monet, Sabertooth, Psylocke, and Archangel.  The Mutant world is facing a crisis yet again, the Terrigen Mists have caused a worldwide sterilization of all mutants and those who remain are facing more hatred than ever, therefore Magneto has put this team together to meet the threat head on.  I am a big fan of this chaotic version of Magneto that has existed since the end of Grant Morrison's New X-men run, but the rest of the characterizations in this new title are confusing.  Sabertooth has switched sides again and is working with the team, apparently due to the inversion event from the AXIS crossover, while Psylocke and Monet have taken a rather dark turn towards violence against humans.  However, the biggest surprise is Archangel.  When we last saw Warren, he was a normal man with metal wings and had no memory prior to the life-seed event in Uncanny X-Force. Now he is Archangel again, and seeming devoid of any personality at all.  I am sure this will all be explained, but there are lots of questions floating around all the X-titles about what happened in the time between Secret Wars and the present.  The art on this title is by Greg Land, someone who is very divisive amongst comic book fans.  I feel his art is much better in this title than his previous work, especially his use of dynamic angles and action scenes.  It's when it comes to drawing Psylocke and Monet that Land's old problems and cover tracing come through.  In action they look fine, but any panel with them standing or posing looks like it was traced right out of a Maybelline ad in Glamour magazine.  It looks bad and the smiles are completely out of place with regards to the carnage and circumstances surrounding them.  Overall this falls into the realm of the 'just okay' comic book.  Both All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men have taken a fall in quality from the previous run, dropping them from must-reads to recommendations for hardcore X-Men fans. (Geoff)


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