Quick Shot Comic Reviews: March 1 Edition

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My pull list was fairly small this week, so I only have 3 books to review:

Ninja-K vs. The Valiant Universe #2

This is an underrated little title. I’m not sure it takes place within the general Valiant continuity, as I believe this was originally meant for a tie in for a live action web series Valiant was going to try to do with the character, but that project went off the rails. We ended up with this comic instead. Ninja-K is on the run after having stolen some weapon from MI-6. All the valiant heroes are after him and he’s just trying to survive.

It’s really fun, high action, good character development, it’s really everything I want out of the Valiant universe but have trouble getting in the main titles that seem to get bogged down in politics or boring backstory in the main titles as of late,  not living up to the beautiful art they typically procure.

This art  is  a little more standard comic  than their big books, but it works really well. I highly recommend this series but I’d read a little of the first Ninja-K series (complete already), Unity, X-O Manowar so you can familiarize yourself with some of the characters first. It works without that, but you may care more if you know them.

8/10

Silencer #2

DC’s  John Romita Jr. Book  is back for its second issue. I feel like he settled into the art a little better in this issue which makes it flow a lot more nicely. When I read this, I thought, “wow, here’s a character with a motive, who’s developing, who can change and isn’t stagnant for ‘iconic’ status, and it’s a breath of fresh air for the DC Universe.”

And that  about sums it up.  Silencer was visited by Talia Al Ghul last issue, trying to force her into her old life as an assassin, even though she’s trying to raise a family. This issue deals with fallout from that as she takes an aggressive stance toward trying to get away from it. Great action, cliffhanger ending, and I’m excited to see where this series goes. Best new character from the Big-2 in over a decade.

9/10

X-O Manowar #12

If you’re familiar with  me at  all, you know this is my favorite comic out there. I tell people on  repeat to pick it  up. In this arc, Aric has become Emperor of a planet Gorin — and in peace, things have gone drastically wrong. There’s a planet-wide famine,  and his most trusted advisors have plotted  to remove him from his position, and succeeded. He’s left stranded and naked in a desert, and has to fight his way out.

This issue hit on every emotional cyllinder. Matt Kindt, the writer, spent so long setting up this world building and emotional stakes for what occurs here, it’s pretty amazing, and  here it’s  really starting to pay off on  the personal level for Aric. I’m pretty sad that we’ll be leaving the planet Gorin after all this is done (the next arc says it’s Aric’s return to Earth) but this has been a masterpiece so far.

My only complaint is the art quality on this arc has dropped pretty drasticlally. The first 3 arcs had some of the best art I’ve ever seen in comics, so it’s a tough bar, but they should have rotated back to one of those rather than bringing in someone with such a drastically different style.

9/10

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Quickshot Comic Reviews

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I hadn’t been to the comic shop in a couple weeks with the unprecedented craziness that went down last week, but I did yesterday, and I caught up on my comic reading last night which was very fun. Here’s a little bit of what I’m reading and my thoughts on it:

The Tick #2 by Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Z Johnston and Duane Redhead. This was a lot of fun. I thought the first issue was really amusing, but this was even better. Ninjas vs. clowns! The Tick meanwhile is poisoned with some drug that’s making him relive his origin while Arthur tries to keep him from hurting himself or others by accident. It’s fun, fast paced, and actually decent for all ages which makes me happy.  8/10

Grass Kings #11 by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. Anyone who follows me knows I’m a huge Kindt fan. Grass Kings is honestly the best book out there no one’s talking about right now. It’s about the quirkiest story I’ve seen in a long time, no superpowers, no supernatural stuff, just pure character drama in a really cool concept set up. This issue resolved the first arc but still left a lot of questions, and it was very intense character drama. I love the pretty watercolor indie art. My shop also got me a variant cover (pictured above) which is one of my fav covers I’ve seen in awhile as well.  10/10

Star Wars Forces Of Destiny: Rey #1 by Jodie Houser and Arianna Florean. This is a “grrl power” gimmick event by IDW. Female creators! Strong female leads! Finally! It gets really old seeing one of these month after month by publishing companies. But judging from the book itself and not the editorial mandated event, Jodie Houser actually crafted a pretty fun book. Rey and BB8 are on Jakku trying to survive in a tale set in the middle of The Force Awakens. It’s just action, survival and fun. Art is pretty decent too. The style works really well for this kind of story. I had fun with this 8/10.

Bloodshot:Salvation #5 by Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa. This art is just stunning, like most Valiant books, but it’s still the wrong feel for a book like Bloodshot. It’s the gritty “Punisher Max” sort of attempt to make Bloodshot more a “real” character. This answered some questions from #3 and concluded a fight, with a Deus ex. Ninjak element to it. I’m glad we finally got to some action in this series. That with the pretty pencils was enough for me to enjoy the conclusion to this arc. 8/10

Dejah Thoris #0 by Amy Chu and Pasquale Qualano. I picked this up because of the 25 cent price tag. Art was pretty decent all the way through, but I found it a bit hard to be gripped. A lot of setting the stage and telling us what’s going on, and the pacing was a little bit slow on it. It was alright enough that i might pick up the #1, but hopefully that issue has a little bit more to it. 7/10

Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #1 by Eliot Rahal and Joe Bennett. This was everything I wanted out of a Valiant book and have been asking for forever. It was pure fun. Action. spy drama. Superheroics. Crazy antics. There’s a little suspension of disbelief issue with the plot but I don’t care because it was just that fun. Art was nice and fit the book’s tone perfectly. Valiant should more more in this direction than trying too hard to be arty with their superhero books. 9/10

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