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COMIC TITLE: G.I. Joe #1 (2019)
Chris Evenhuis – Artist
Paul Allor–Writer
September 18, 2019
IDW Publishing

IMG_5406 (1)Spoiler Alert Warning: There could be potential spoilers in this article so reader discretion is advised. As a child, one of my favorite action figure lines and cartoon was the G.I. Joe series which followed a special forces team that battled a terrorist organization named Cobra. In the comic book world, we know that G.I. Joe had it’s first run with Marvel Comics (155 issues plus 28 issues of a side G.I. Joe title) before making it’s way back to life with Devil’s Due (for 79 issues). Devil’s Due lost it’s publishing rights from Hasbro and the comic then moved to IDW Publishing for 243 issues before relaunching G.I. Joe once again for this very day and we have it here for you in G.I. Joe #1. The issue was written by Paul Allor (Uncanny Inhumans) and illustrated by Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) and it features a world where Cobra is ruling and the G.I. Joes are fugitives in this strange world. Things get even worse for the Joes when their fearless leader Duke is executed right from the start by Major Bludd leaving a giant sized hole in a team that is already dwindling. One man who goes by the name Tiger witnesses the execution of Duke and he wants to make a change so he seeks out Scarlett and the rest of the Joes, but a bombshell is about to shock their world even more.

IMG_5405So let’s get one fact down right now and that is no matter how many weapons the Joes had int he cartoon series they never killed anyone. And I mean EVER! The fact that Stalker freaks out in the comic after killing a Viper is kind of hilarious to me and I think it was a fun way to poke fun at that by Paul Allor so kudos to him for doing that. I also want to give him kudos on the execution of Duke because that really came out of nowhere and I was like, “holy sh** they killed Duke!”  So once again kudos to Paul for throwing that monkeywrench (no pun attended) into the comic right from the start. I will also give him credit because he did the one thing that I enjoy seeing and that is he left a bombshell right at the end which will make me come back for more. When I read a comic, I need something that entices me to want to come back for more and he accomplished that. My one issue with the comic book itself is that I am not 100% a huge fan of the artwork. Now, I am not saying that it’s terrible with that statement, I think it’s really good just not great. It has it’s moments when it shines, but there are some panels that I was like well that’s OK. Other wise, I really liked the comic book and if you are a fan of G.I. Joe then I suggest you check this one out because it may surprise you. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Deadly Ten Presents Blade The Iron Cross #1 (2019)
Yusuf Idris & Jason Strutz – Artist
Shawn Gabborin & Brockton McKinney–Writer
September 11, 2019
Full Moon Comix

JUL191943As you have already seen from some of my past selections, I am a huge fan of anything that is horror related. Whether it be an original idea like Ice Cream Man, Teether, or a comic based off of an existing entity like this week’s comic book of the week in Full Moon Comix Charles Band’s Deadly Ten Presents Blade The Iron Cross #1 which apparently is the first in a series of ten stand alone comics that Full Moon is going to be putting out. The very first issue is based off of a guilty pleasure horror series that I love in Puppet Master, but it focuses on one character in particular as it was written by Shawn Gabborin (Dollman Kills: The Full Moon Universe) while the art was done by Yusuf Idris (Grimm Fairy Tales). When the comic starts, it looks like Andre Toulon has either put the finishing touches on Blade or he is amusing the boy making him think they are sleeping. Well, everyone is except for Blade who infiltrates the Nazis and finds out that they have plans for his master. What is Blade going to do about it and can he stop them?

D10_BLADE_BodegaBox_900webThe comic is actually very good and I have to give the guys at Full Moon a lot of props because it felt like a scene straight out of one of the Puppet Master films. Essentially, if I am going to the comic book shop to pick up a title like this then what is contained inside this one is exactly what I want and what I am looking for. I loved the story and how it played out because there were so many twists and turns within one group that it kept you guessing and never fear because the action scenes were amazing as well. When it became time, the action scenes were almost as gruesome as the films and sometimes it looked better in my opinion. Yusuf Idris did an awesome job stepping in and making it as close and true to what we have seen in the past. One of the things I liked as well was the Tales From The Crypt like intro we get in the beginning and the end because it felt like we were watching a show. Credit belongs to Jason Strutz and Brockton McKinney for the intro and outro with Tapehead who strings us along into our journey into terror in the smallest package. I am interested to see what the rest of the ten comics will be, but we do know what the next one is and I look forward to it. So, if you love horror and Puppet Master then check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Spawn #300 (2019)
Greg Capullo, J. Scott Campbell, Jason Shawn Alexander, and Jerome Opeña – Artist
Todd McFarlane and Scott Snyder–Writer
September 4, 2019
Image Comics

spawn 300You all know that I am definitely a sucker for history especially when it’s history in the making. You’re probably asking then why are you making a big deal out of a comic with a 300TH issue since you covered two that made it to a thousand? The answer is very simple and that is that they made history as it becomes the longest running independent comic book in history and it was the series McFarlane worked on when they created Image Comics back in the early 1990’s. Alongside Scott Snyder (Batman: Endgame), the art was done by Greg Capullo (Batman), J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl), Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien), and Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force) for Spawn #300. In the last issue, Spawn was struggling with the forces from Heaven and Hell as they both wanted him gone especially since he revealed his true identity. Now, the race is on to try and catch Spawn before he can complete his plan of bring both Heaven and Hell to it’s knees. In this issue, he is confronted by an old foe in that dastardly clown after discovering that someone in Albania has been contaminating the water sources forcing the world to go crazy. Now that his enemies have been revealed, he has to reveal his army because he is not messing around and we even get the debut of a new Spawn to match.

spawnThe opening scene in the comic book is just absolutely nuts, but it introduces us tot he effects of what is being poured into the water system as a little girl murders everyone in her family. It definitely helps set the tone for the rest of the comic as the war rages on and we have a front row seat to it. As I said in the above paragraph and that is this was a very special comic because it helped spark a revolution as a bunch of writers and artists took a chance on themselves and left their cushy jobs at Marvel/DC to start Image Comics. That is also why I was proud to have this as the comic book of the week for this week. I love the use of different artists for all the different chapters because they got to inject their look for Spawn in this very special issue so that was very cool. Capullo had a huge chunk of the beginning of the comic and it was very noticeable that it was his style. McFarlane had the second chapter and it was very fitting because it was sort of a rebirth/true reveal of Spawn. Campbell had chapter 3 which was a very epic today’s style look while Alexander took chapter four which had a very different look in that it had the look of it being a painting. Opeña handled the last chapter of the comic and his kind of had a throwback look to all the 90’s comics like Barb Wire, etc. If you love Spawn then what are you waiting for, pick this one up and be a part of history.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Marvel Comics #1000 (2019)
Various– Artist
Various –Writer
August 28, 2019
Marvel Comics

IMG_5119In all of 2019, Marvel Comics has been celebrating 80 years as a company with reprinted stories and all brand new cutting edge stories that have obviously kept us glue to what the company has done. It’s amazing to believe where this company has been considering all the good times and bad times it endured over 80 years and it all started with Marvel Comics #1. Now it has all come down to this moment as I present to you Marvel Comics #1000 which features a boatload of variant covers, artists , writers for this one from the past, present, and as Marvel puts it the future. The comic celebrates all of Marvel’s big moments from the creation of certain characters like Captain America or Red Wolf to origins of certain characters being revealed like Galactus, but there is just one common thread throughout this 80 page celebration. Just who is the bearer of the Eternity Mask and what is the Eternity Mask? He is a figure whose legend says that he is older than most in the Marvel Universe put together, but we want to know it’s secrets. When all is eventually revealed, who will step from the shadows of the mask and into the light. I guess we just have to wait to find out. For more information on the comic, just visit the Marvel fansite here.

IMG_5126There is a lot to digest in this comic because it’s 80 pages worth of history, but it’s fun to see all the different artists that came together for this like Carl Burgos, Steve Epting, Patch Zircher, Leonardo Romero, Joshua Cassara, Irene Koh, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Ron Garney, Leonard Kirk, Phil Noto, Cameron Stewart, Gabriel Hardman, Michael Allred, Doug Braithwaite, Tim Sale, Cory Smith, Chris Weston, Eduardo Risso, CAFU, and so many more. It was definitely fun to see all the historical moments through out every single year since the company had started. I thought that was a very good touch and a little different than what DC did with their 1000 milestone. One of my favorite moments was seeing the old school Howard The Duck page that we got as it celebrated the milestone of Howard The Duck being a feature film in 1986. Then there’s the big moment where Batman makes a cameo in the comic as he meets the Merc With A Mouth. Well, he sort of does! The artwork in my opinion is where it’s at with this comic as you get everyone from, Blade to Hercules all the way to the mystery of the Eternity Mask which promises to be solved in 2020. I am definitely looking forward to that, but for now check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Pretty Violent #1 (2019)
Derek Hunter– Artist
Derek Hunter & Jason Young –Writer
August 21, 2019
Image Comics

pretty-violent-1_96ee2f8f50This week was such a good week that we have decided here to give you a second comic book of the week because after all you should be reading more than just one comic. I definitely wanted to have Ghost-Spider as one, but then when I saw that Jason Young, who is the writer of I HATE FAIRYLAND was coming out with a new comic book, I was immediately interested. So, Jason decided to team up with Derek Hunter who has worked on Ducktales to write and illustrate this new comic book titled Pretty Violent #1 which was released today by Image Comics. All Gamma Rae ever wanted in life was to be a superhero and why shouldn’t she especially in age when superheroes are worshiped like Gods. Not to mention, the fact that Gamma Rae has been strong ever since birth, but what is the problem? The problem is that all of her relatives are homicidal maniacs that are villains. So you can definitely see where the dilemma lies for her, but can she overcome it or will she just follow suit? You’ll have to read the comic in order to find out and for more information please click here to go to Image Comics website.

Opera Snapshot_2019-08-21_203639_twitter.comThis was actually a pretty fun comic to read that comes with two stories in one issue. The cool thing about the story are hat she goes through because here she enters the scene and she thinks she’s doing the right thing attacking Hulktress and she’s believed that she has saved the day until it’s revealed that she has actually saved the villain and killed the hero. A lot of the heroes in the comic look like their Marvel counterparts, but with new names and a lot more geeky looking like the Mechanic and more. Overall, it’s a pretty good read, it’s a lot of fun, and if you loved what was great about I HATE FAIRYLAND then I think you’ll enjoy this one. Now if you love the kind of artwork that was great about The Powerpuff Girls and other cartoons like that then I think you love this because that is what the artwork reminds me of. It’s not your traditional artwork that you would see in Spider-Man, but you would almost think this was a children’s comic until you saw the swears and bloodshed. The panels are easy to follow along with, but I do suggest parental advisory before purchasing said comic. The comic is definitely worth checking out even if it’s only once. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: Ghost-Spider #1 (2019)
Takeshi Miyazawa– Artist
Seanan McGuire –Writer
August 21, 2019
Marvel Comics

ghost spider 1This week was a pretty decent week for for comic books with a bunch of new debuts as well as some continued stories that we are also following, but we have something special for all of you this week. One of my favorite superheroes to come out in the 21ST Century has always been Earth-65’s Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen or as she is known now as Ghost-Spider. I definitely understood why they changed her name because no one knew her as Spider-Gwen. Nonetheless, after a ten issue run called Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Marvel did what it does best and they have a new comic called Ghost-Spider #1 and we have it for you guys today as it was written by Seanan McGuire (X-Men: Gold) and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel). You see Gwen faces a huge problem in Earth-65 which is her home and that problem is that everyone now knows her true identity and she feels that she can’t have a normal life and get an education unless she goes to Earth-615 which is the home of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man and no one knows her there. As Peter Parker helps her get into ECU, she know has to figure out how to balance her school life on Earth-615 while trying to figure out how to fight crime on Earth-65.

ghost spider 1 1I definitely liked the comic and really enjoyed what they were presenting in this one because they are basically continuing the story from the previous run which is nice. I didn’t want another new origin story or anything of that nature with this run, but I get the title change. The last one was a way for them to introduce the new name so that they could drop the Spider-Gwen moniker even though that will be hard for me, but now she is just Ghost-Spider with a pendent that allows her to travel between dimensions. The artwork is definitely a little different than the Robbi Rodriguez days of that amazing first run, but it’s definitely enjoyable. Takeshi Miyazawa gives it more of a traditional comic book feel which I definitely enjoy as well. The action scenes when they happen are pretty cool as they fight a giant rat which is kind of random and they just leave him there tied up in webs and I am hoping that someone will take care of it. They definitely leave you on a cliffhanger as they kind of reveal someone who has the potential to be the next villain for Ghost-Spider so we will see where that takes us. If you love Ghost-Spider, Spider-Gwen, Gwen Stacy or whatever you want to call her then check this one out. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: Usagi Yojimbo #3 (2019)
Stan Sakai– Artist
Stan Sakai–Writer
August 14, 2019
IDW Publishing

usagiIf you are a fan of Marvel Comics then this was week was definitely an impressive week for you with all of the titles being released this week from a new Gwenpool to an all new Punisher comic, and the continuing Absolute  Carnage story line to name a few. If there are comics that you have already been following like myself then this was week was pretty decent and I chose a comic from IDW Publishing for this week’s featured comic. If you do not know who Stan Sakai is then shame on you because he is a one man wrecking machine with his comic Usagi Yojimbo which he writes and draws himself. Back in June, IDW published the beginning of a three part arc in the Bunraku story which is featured in Usagi Yojimbo #3. Sasuke is a demon hunter of sorts or at least he hunts evil spirits no matter where he goes and he crosses paths with everyone’s favorite Ronin Usagi who has been attending a Banraku (a very long play). There is something strange about this play and after the discovery of a dead samurai who looked like the life was sucked out of him, the two of them go to work. They soon discover that the sensei of the theater is the one behind the crime and now it is time to confront them which is what they do in issue 3. The only problem they face is whether the sensei is the evil or just another puppet whose strings are being pulled? 

usagi 2I have always loved the Usagi Yojimbo comics for how well written the stories are and how well presented they are as well. Reading these comics is like watching a Kurosawa film, but with animals instead of humans and if you love his films then you may enjoy these comics. I really liked the story because this whole time, Usagi was thinking that there was something up with the puppets, but he couldn’t put his finger on it until Sasuke showed up. It’s kind of showing us that even though Usagi is a great warrior, smart, and very noble that even he needs help at times even if it’s from strange people from his past. It’ll be interesting to see where Sakai goes from here and I mean as far as continuing with issue four or will he do what Marvel always does with the five different number one issues a year. I am a huge fan of the artwork cause it has been the same style for years and I respect that a lot from Sakai and it just works for this comic. I wouldn’t want to see it more modernized anyways because that has always been the beauty of the comic. There is plenty of samurai action in this three issue story and plenty of fools going on the chopping block, but will Sasuke and Usagi prevail? There is only way to find out and that is pick up the comic yourselves. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+