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The DC Comics Rebirth event continues to roll along with the release of Harley Quinn #1 and Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1, both arriving in perfect time for the debut of the new Suicide Squad movie. We also take a look at LADY KILLER 2 #1, EVIL ERNIE: GODEATER #1, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1, and KILL OR BE KILLED #1.

 

 

LADY KILLER 2 #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-

4.0 Stars

Joelle Jones is back with another story about Josie the killer housewife in Dark Horse Comic's LADY KILLER 2 #1. Imagine Betty Draper from Mad Men except for the fact that when Don is not looking she is out murdering people. Joelle Jones writes a fascinating character that is cold and calculating at one moments as she casually saws off a victim's limbs and then an hour later she is playing the role of the domestic housewife dutifully taking care of her family. The book reads extremely fast and as someone who did not read the first volume I was floored when Josie turned from Tupperware party sales person to practiced serial killer. The first issue is extremely light on back story that might have been covered in the first volume but it did not hurt my enjoyment. I do not know if Josie is a hit man or a serial killer but her past is going to feature heavily in the next issue as the hook for this comic is that someone from her past shows up in the middle of a kill. Jones' pencils as sharp and the 60's color pallet really jumps off the page. The facial animations on the characters is really good and allows inference with silence in the place of overly wordy dialogue. This was one of those comics I review where I am jumping in blind with no prior knowledge of the creator or the previous works in the series and I really liked it. It was simple and straight to the point and a solid reminder that not every comic needs to have a convoluted opening or ten layers of depth. LADY KILLER 2 #1 was just a fun read and I think it is worth checking out.

 

EVIL ERNIE: GODEATER #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)-

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An undead psychopaths road trip is interrupted by a doomsday cult and literally all hell breaks out in EVIL ERNIE: GODEATER #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Penned by Justin Jordan, Ernie is all smiles and death until he is forced of the road and comes face to face with a strange group of Godeater cultists who would seek to use Ernie to unleash the end of the world. While that premise sounds interesting at first glance the book does not work at all. Ernie reads like teen angst incarnate full of rage, insults, and overly eager to fight. He is childish and impudent and as a character he feels paper thin. There was an interesting prelude to the issue involving an un-named young girl and overcoming abuse with some sort of angelic power but that thread was not followed up on until the last page when she literally pulls Ernie out of the fire. The art by Colton Worley is in a style that appears painted over sketchy pencils and then a heavy photoshop filter has been applied, this results in a unique look but it is very muddled and dark which makes the panel to panel action incredibly hard to follow. I did not like this comic book. Art and story were lacking and that coupled with a protagonist that reads like an edgy teenagers goth blog and you get a comic that I really could not recommend to anyone. I think it is safe to say EVIL ERNIE: GODEATER #1 is a skip.

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)-

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BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #1 is a new series from Dynamite that is based on the classic version of the seminal television series. Written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Matt Idelson this comic jumps us into the time after the conclusion of the first TV series and before the horrific entry that was Battlestar Galactica: 1980. This unexplored portion of time allows Bunn to try something a little different and he jumps at his chance by throwing the entire fleet and the pursuing Cylons through a black hole and depositing them in an unknown part of the universe. The hook for this arc seems to center around a strange planet in this uncharted space that is populated with thousands of refugees who have crashed upon it and their reaction to the arrival of the Galactica and her crew. The set up is a novel approach to try something new with a property that has been thoroughly explored through a variety of mediums. The whole cast is here and when I read the dialogue I can still hear the actors voices in my head and it all sounds as it should. Characterizations are in place, the Galactica looks fantastic, and the Viper starfighters are as awesome as they always have been. The art by Idelson is solid and his representations of the ships and technology from the series is especially well done. Characters look enough like their TV counterparts to be recognizable without crossing into that weird space where they appear copied. All the pieces in are in place for a fun story but when I closed the last page I realized I just did not care. Another story in which the start and the end are already known so all we have as readers to look forward to is the mystery of the middle arc and there was not enough of that present in this issue to reel me in for the rest of the story.

 

SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1 (DC Comics)-

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Timed to release with the new movie of the same name DC Comics has published SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1 from creators Rob Williams and Philip Tan. Task Force X, Secret Six, Suicide Squad... the group has known many names over the years and more members than it is worth listing. What remains constant is that it is made up of a group of villains doing to the dirty work the government does not want to admit to. Controlled by surgically implanted explosives and promised time off as a reward these bad guys skirt the edge of morality to take down threats even worse than they are. This week's relaunch of the series serves to both bring new readers up to speed on what Task Force X is and some of its key members as well as bring the cast and tone more in line with the new movie. Amanda Waller is front and center as she attempts to justify the existence of the squad to the President and ease his fears by having the team lead by decorated U.S. special forces soldier Rick Flagg. From there readers are treated to a poorly plotted action scene that sees Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Deadshot go up against a group of Chinese super soldiers. The reasoning is paper thin and if you think about it for more than a moment it makes little sense but when all's said and done it works as a showcase for how far the squad will go to accomplish their mission as well as bringing Flagg into the field to lead the team. While the plot is rather rote and by the numbers for a recap/introduction issue the art by Tan is a very welcome sight and he appears to be in top form leading into the launch of the ongoing series. Recent news that Jim Lee is only doing partial work on the ongoing Suicide Squad comic was seen as a disappointment by many but if Tan can keep up the quality present in this Rebirth issue fans will have nothing to worry about. SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1 was a fun read and a solid recap but it is a pretty easy one to skip for DC fans who have been following the series over the years.

 

HARLEY QUINN #1 (DC Comics)-

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She stole the show in the Suicide Squad movie and now her solo title from Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is getting a relaunch in HARLEY QUINN #1 from DC Comics. This title is one of the few that acts as a direct carry over from the previous series and as such this first issue, like so many of the REBIRTH one shots, acts as both a recap for new readers and a springboard for a new story. After half of the issue is spent filling in readers on Harley and her cast of crazy characters the story kicks into gear with a rather humorous take on the classic zombie tale. When a stranded alien takes the form of a cow to hide thinking it to be the dominant species he is very shortly dispatched as his choice to hide as a cow in a slaughterhouse farm was ill advised. Once he is packaged and distributed in the form of hot dogs his alien DNA causes all those who eat the other worldly morsels to become flesh eating zombies and Harley's little class reunion is cancelled. What ensues is more of the same antics that readers have been enjoying from Conner and Palmiotti since they launched the first volume of Harley Quinn a few years ago. The art from Chad Hardin is really something to behold in this issue. Very clean pencils and amazing colors compliment the story and Harley herself is expertly drawn and conveys her wide range of emotions effortlessly. Harley Quinn can be a polarizing figure but her popularity cannot be denied. Fans of her previous comic will be right at home here as the creative team has remained intact.

 

KILL OR BE KILLED #1 (Image Comics)-

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Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the talented creative team behind the recent smash hit The Fade Out, are back with Image to launch their new comic with KILL OR BE KILLED #1. Dylan is a negative, pessimistic, misanthropic, coward of a man whose inadvertent deal with a demon now requires him to kill a ‘bad’ person once a month. As in The Fade Out the main protagonist of KILL OR BE KILLED #1 is not a character people are suppose to like. Everything about him is off putting from his weakness to his inability to interact with women and that is all capped off by his sense of entitlement. That being said, the idea that this loser must now take the lives of others to save his own is a really compelling idea for a story. The more I think about the worse he becomes because what right does he have to extend his life by taking others, even if they are technically ‘bad’ people. This book has been on my mind since I closed the last page hours ago and that is definitely a good sign. The art by Philips is fantastic and gritty and dark to match the tone of the words and this team up just kills it once again. This is the book of the week without a doubt so don’t miss it.

 

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