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COMIC TITLE: Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (2019)
Simone Di Meo– Artist
Ryan Parrott–Writer
December 4, 2019
Boom! Studios/IDW Publishing

IMG_5908This week in my opinion was not a very interesting week for comic books so it wasn’t very hard for me to come up with a decision as to who was going to be this week’s Comic Book of the Week. Back in the late 80’s into the early 90’s there was no other iconic kids TV series than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who swept the nation with their cartoon and merchandise. Then in the early to mid 90’s, their replacement showed up in the form of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which had not only a catchy title like the other mentioned, but they had five humans (later joined by a sixth) who were given powers. Now what happens when you bring both powerful franchises together? You get Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 which was written by Ryan Parrott (Batman: Gates Of Gotham) and illustrated by Simone Di Meo (Venom Annual). In this issue, Tommy has gone missing and everyone is worried as to what has happened to him in Smith’s Grove. Meanwhile in New York City, it looks as if the turtles have met their match in a foot clan member who is not afraid one bit of them. It turns out that Tommy is working for Karai, but why and what has happened to him? What will happen when the Turtles are confronted by the Power Rangers? Check out the comic to find out?

IMG_5907One of the things that has not been explained that I do love and hope is true is that I believe they are handling this one like they are in the same universe. They haven’t explained anything in the first issue, but for them to get Tommy’s scan when he morphs into the Green Ranger must mean they are in the same dimension unlike what happened with the Batman crossover. Although, Alpha did say that he could scan across dimensions so maybe they’ll explain that in future issues. One thing that I will say about the comic is that while I love the artwork as far as the Rangers are concerned, I was not overly impressed with the way the Turtles were drawn. I am not saying that it’s bad per say, but I always dislike the various things they do with the headband/eyewear. It looks a little too goofy to me, but other than minor detail, Simone does a great job with the comic book. As far as the writing is concerned, they don’t get a heck of a long time to full explain the five W’s besides the who and the where, but I am sure that will come with future issues. What they did do with this issue is that they gave you an action packed first issue with some comedy thrown in there along with some troubles in paradise in the Power Rangers end. A little comedy and drama to go with my action? Sounds like a great comic to me and they leave you on a cliffhanger to hook you right in and they did just that with me. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: The Crow: Hark The Herald (2019)
Meredith Laxton– Artist
Tim Seeley–Writer
November 27, 2019
IDW Publishing 

The-Crow-Hark-The-HeraldYou will soon begin to find out when you see my choices for Comic Book Of The Week what exactly I am a fan of. Back in the early to mid 90’s when comic book movies were still not cool, one studio took a chance on a James Barr comic called The Crow and turned it into one of the most iconic films of the 90’s that starred the late Brandon Lee. Since then, there have been many incarnations and new stories involving The Crow for almost 30 plus years and I have enjoyed many of them. Well for this week’s new comic book day, IDW Publishing put out a new title called The Crow: Hark The Herald which was written by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and illustrated by Meredith Laxton in her comic book debut. The story follows Cecilia Rite, a young girl with a promising future and one heck of a hunter who along with her father one Christmas run into a group of killers who go to a cabin during Christmas to feel normal. After a misunderstanding that turns deadly, their lives are taken away from them, but Cecilia returns one year later to make the wrong things right. For more information on the comic book, you can click here to go to IDW Publishing’s website.

Crow_Hark_the_Herald_oneshot-pr-4-600x923I really enjoyed this comic book and I am kind of crestfallen that it’s only a one shot because it’s a solid story and different than what we have had before. The comic gets to the point because it’s a one shot so you didn’t have to worry about being left with any cliffhangers, but their were a couple of things that I wished they had covered. They don’t really explain what kind of killers this group is and I suppose it doesn’t matter, but are they thugs like the original story? Are they all contract killers? They must be the latter considering that they don’t kill each other every Christmas that they get together. The other thing they don’t get into is why one of the characters went nuts, but they only had one issue to do it where as in more issues they could have explored it more. Other than that it was a great story and I really enjoyed the moments with Cecilia especially as she is describing her arrow and her kills of course are pretty good too. Meredith does an amazing job with the artwork and I loved some of the detail that she put into the comic especially with some of the kill scenes. If you liked reading The Crow and you like Tim Seeley and the work he has done then definitely give this one a shot. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Heartbeat #1 (2019)
Maria Llovet– Artist
Maria Llovet–Writer
November 20, 2019
Boom! Studios

IMG_5832There were so many good issues being released this week including some interesting new series from companies like Marvel and DC Comics. So, it definitely made it a hard choice for me to make when I picked up my load of comics to decide which one was going to be my Comic Book Of The Week? I ultimately decided to check out and review a comic book from Boom! Studios which was a company I primarily checked out in the past for their WWE titles. This week, they decided to get in the horror game with their brand new title Heartbeat #1 which was written and illustrated by Maria Llovet (There’s Nothing There) who takes full responsibility on her shoulders with this one, but she gets high praise from Brian Azzarello. The comic book follows high school outcast Eva as she navigates life through a school she feels she does belong in and through a life that is less than desirable to most. She doesn’t know who her true friends are, but she certainly knows her enemies, but that won’t matter soon enough. You see one night while strolling through the school, she discovers that the high school heartthrob has a deep and dark secret that could put her in danger. To get more information on the comic, you can do so by visiting Boom!’s website here.

IMG_5831What Brian Azzarello says about Maria is, “Maria Llovet is one of the most important cartoonists today. Her work is bursting with joy, sensuality, and passion.” I will agree with Brian on a lot of what he said because you can definitely tell she put a lot of passion into the story and artwork. The story is your prototypical one about someone who is an outcast who obviously doesn’t fit in the school not only for personality reasons, but for financial ones as well. We can only assume moving forward after discovering his deep and dark secret that he is going to make an offer that she probably won’t refuse just due to the fact that she has low self esteem. That is usually how these vampire stories go and I would be very shocked if it didn’t especially after what the website has described the story to us. The artwork is phenomenal in the fact that it’s not your prototypical comic book like artwork, but very visceral and passionate which you can tell from page one all the way to the good stuff which leaves us at a cliffhanger right at the end. It sort of has a Studio Ghibli Japanese Animation look to it if you get what I am saying which i definitely liked. The panels are easy to follow along with and the comic is sort of a slow burn, but that is because we need to get to know Eva before we get to the good stuff. Check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: Black Cat Annual #1 (2019)
Joey Vazquez– Artist
Jed MacKay–Writer
November 13, 2019
Marvel Comics 

IMG_5794There were not a lot of comics that were coming out this week that I was interested in unless you were already following some storylines. Out of all the various companies, Marvel Comics was the big winner this week and that is why I chose Black Cat Annual #1 as this week’s Comic Book Of The Week. For those that do not know what an annual is in the comic book world, it is a chance for publications to release an issue once a year that has a longer story or sometimes multiple stories that may not fit in the scheme of things with the regular monthly release. Black Cat’s series happens to be one that I have been enjoying  and this one gets interesting because Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) are getting married. Well, you see they are sort of getting married even though they broke up, but Peter is doing it because Felicia has asked for his help in the case of a Maggia crime family wedding. Meanwhile, Christopher Coffin is doing his best to break into some kind of vault while Bruno Grainger breaks into an old S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to prove that no one pays attention to big dumb looking guys. The issue was written by Jed MacKay (Spider-Geddon) and illustrated by Joey Vazquez (Magnificent Ms. Marvel).

IMG_5793I have to be honest in saying that I like annuals because you get stories sometimes that don’t exactly fit in the scheme of the series and sometimes it’s the crew just having fun with their specific title. I definitely felt that way about this specific issue and that it was Jed MacKay having fun with the title while keeping it as close to the series as he possibly can. Who would of thought the idea of a crime family that when both families are in a disagreement that two potential newlyweds have to fight each other to the death. If it’s someone that you truly love then how do you just kill them for the sake of two families? Nevertheless, it’s a wild and zany adventure like only Spider-Man would have in his comics and he goes on the adventure with the the beautiful Felicia Hardy which is a conflict of interest, but they used to date. At first, it has it’s moments where you are asking what is the point of these side stories, but it will all make sense when you keep reading on and it’s kind of cool because it’s like Ocean’s 11 where you see the main characters doing their thing before it goes to the side characters and what they are doing. The comic has plenty of action and the action is good and it’s funny when it needs to be. I love the artwork in the main story more than I do in some of the side stories. I felt in Bruno’s story that some of the artwork just got a little lazy, but that is OK. It’s easy to follow along with and the colors are vibrant as they bring it to life on your page. Check it out and check out the grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Undiscovered Country #1 (2019)
Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini– Artist
Scott Snyder and Charles Soule–Writer
November 6, 2019
Image Comics 

IMG_5744Now that October is done and out of the way, it is time to dive back into comics and time to choose whatever comes out that peaks my interest. One of the companies that I would look forward to seeing what they released on New Comic Book Day has always been Image Comics. They have always managed to intrigue me with some of their titles, but it has been a while since one caught my attention until now and they brought the big guns with them. Image released a brand new series today entitled Undiscovered Country #1 which was written by Scott Snyder (Batman: Endgame) and the great Charles Soule (Curse Words) and the comic was illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Daniele Orlandini (Darth Vader) while they also got the great Matt Wilson (The Wicked And The Divine) to be the colorist for the series. So to give you some information on the backstory of the comic, 30 years ago the United States shut itself off from the rest of the world and those who made it out of their did. So for 30 years, not one part of the globe has heard from them. A plague has stricken the rest of the world and people are dying. After getting a call from a Doctor said to be in the US, a team of scientists, doctors, and mercenaries will embark on a mission that could prove to be more than they bargained for when they step foot in Undiscovered Country. For more information, please click here to go to Image comics.

IMG_5746I definitely like the story enough to want to continue reading on, but I am definitely hoping for more information on what exactly happened told through visuals rather than an explanation at the end of the comic by the authors. The comic starts off a little slow and it has to because they have to set the tone of what is actually happening. They start in the present and they jump back in time to show how they all came together before they jump back into the present where it finally starts to get really good. What is a little weird and I hope is also explained moving forward is that if the rest of the world is normal then why are there people riding sharks on land in the US? I can understand the weird looking guys riding Bisons, but sharks and on land? I enjoy the little things in comics like the fact that they have names for Euroafricana and even more. I like that we are kind of already seeing some sub plots building that can carry the story forward. They are definitely on the right pace and they definitely left us on a cliffhanger right at the end to prepare us to want more. The artwork in the comic is actually really good and I love all of the colors that we see in some shots like the one to the left of this paragraph. They have a dynamite team so I would expect nothing less from them. The panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any trouble there and it’s a fun read. I definitely suggest checking this title out from Image so check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #6 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
October 30, 2019
DC Comics

DCeased-6-AWe are officially one day away from Halloween which is so exciting because everything in the comic book universe has been building up to this very moment. Back on May 1ST of this year. DC Comics released a horror themed miniseries involving the whole entire DC Universe entitled DCeased. The comic follows the events of the of the war with Darkseid who may look defeated, but he has one ace up his sleeve. You see he kidnaps Cyborg and he brings him to his world where he unleashed the Anti Life Equation which infects all social media and turns people into bloodthirsty zombies. Everyone you can think of has been infected and has turned as evidenced in the previous five issues from Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Killer Croc, and now humanities only hope Superman. That takes us to today’s issue DCeased #6 which was once again written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine. In this issue, Wonder Woman feels that she needs to take the mantle to handle the Superman problem despite the fact that the remaining heroes and villains that are alive scramble to load humanity into arcs that they had built. Can Wonder Woman stop the immovable force or will Superboy have to step up to do something no child should ever have to do? All of those questions will be answered in this issue. For more information, click here to go to DC’s website.

DCeased-6-1I think that this is honestly the first time I had an issue with the writing when it came to this comic because I felt a little rushed in this issue. What I am hoping is that they plan to continue this story line because then they could answer a whole lot of questions that were left unanswered. One of those questions is what does Superboy do exactly and where is Superman? With Damian Wayne now as Batman and obviously Jon Kent having to take over the Superman role, are we going to get a series following them in this new world? It was a rushed conclusion to a miniseries especially after a holy sh** moment that leads up to the ending. That was one hell of a moment that I wish I could tell you, but it’s worth the trip to that point. There is this one moment in the comic that is just absolutely hilarious and if you remember Batman always keeps a contingency plan file on how to defeat all the superheroes if they turn bad. Well he pisses off Green Arrow (DC’s version of Hawkeye) because there isn’t one file on him which means Batman never thought he was a threat to begin with. That was a funny moment that gets revisited again in the comic. I have been a fan of the artwork since the first issue and I have loved the horror variants that have come with them from Yasmine Putri with this issue being Critters. I have personally collected every single one and I seriously hope they continue this because I would love to see more from it and more Horror parody covers. The action scenes in the comic are great and the horror portrayed in it is awesome as well. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1 (2019)
Lukas Ketner– Artist
David Dastmalchian–Writer
October 23, 2019
Dark Horse Comics

IMG_5587The last couple of weeks or so have been great for horror titles where it was difficult just to choose one to do, but some weeks are not so heavy as far as selections go. There were only a few titles that dabble in the horror genre that I was willing to check out for this week and one of them I couldn’t get my hands on it in time for this post. There is however one title that did peak my interest and that is because it was written by The Dark Knight/Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian and it is called Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1. The comic was illustrated by Lukas Ketner (Kill The Minotaur) and it was released by Dark Horse Comics. The comic follows Jerri Bartman, one of the stand out reporters at a small local affiliate out of Missouri who dreamed of making the big time. One day while out on the field covering a Renaissance fair, she kind of screws up by exposing some lies and she gets fired. What is Jerri to do now especially with the fact that she is behind on all of her bills? Well just to keep her on the books, her brother makes her the host of a b-movie horror midnight show, but it may not totally be the joke she thinks it is when she’s confronted by a strange man. For more information on the comic, click here to go to Dark Horse Comics.

IMG_5589The comic is a little weird at first in how it starts because it begins in the present where she is confronted by the strange man and then it shoots to the past. The reason I said weird is because it didn’t look for a while like it was going to be a horror story, but then I was relieved when it lead us all the way back to the present where the real fun began. The funny thing is that I can relate a lot to Jerri and the way that she treats a lot of what is going on in her life and I like how they did that because we needed a little bit of an origin story just to get us to know where her head was at when the comic started. So, I definitely am going to give David Dastmalchian a lot of credit cause he did a really good job in the writing department and he definitely leaves you on a cliffhanger right at the end which makes me want to come back for more. I just never would have thought that he was a comic book writer, but that could work in his favor. I definitely enjoyed the artwork because it has a little bit of an old school horror comic look to it. I also want to give colorist Lauren Affe some credit as well for bringing it to life and adding the tone of the comic. The panels are easy to follow along with so I think you should definitely give this one a shot. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+