It’s Wednesday! That means four new #1s that dropped today, reviewed for your pleasure.
Gamma from Dark Horse
Written by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas; Illustrated by Ulises Farinas; Colored by Melody Often
When I saw Gamma on the shelf, I was intrigued by the original cover art and the intricate page layout:
However, as I moved to page four, I was confused, and honestly, I could not find the energy or motivation to get into this crazy issue. I read that it’s a Pokemon meets Power Rangers type of story that’s slow to play, and considering both of those things were past my generation and I never got into either, I found myself meh.
The art is cool, and I dig the page designs, but that’s about the extent of it. I didn’t feel the need to focus enough to keep reading into comprehension. Sorry, Dark Horse, I am certainly not the target audience for this one, but I’m sure that audience is out there. I guess it finds a balance between Pokemon, Power Rangers, and Manga with a Teen+ spin…that sounds good? Check it out.
man eaters from Image Comics
Written by Chelsea Cain; Illustrated by Kate Niemczyk; Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg
This very cool first issues thrusts the reader into a world where some liberal young women, during mensuration, turn into large cats and kill men. To combat this, the government has outlawed menstrual cycles.
In the issue there has been a recent large cat attack, and our young protagonist’s father is one of the lead investigators, and we find that out as we also discover that she has mysteriously gotten her period.
Neat glitter cover and ad for “Estro Pure ‘Certifed estrogen-free!’ Drinking Water” on the back secures I’ll be adding this bit of satire to the pull list.
Faith: Dreamside from Valiant Comics
Written by Jody Houser; Illustrated by MJ Kim; Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Those that know me know that I’m a fan of Valiant Comics. It’s cool diving into the Valiant Universe because they have established such a cool cast of hero characters that are not as mainstream as a Marvel or DC, but their fans are fans, and with the introduction of upcoming films and shows, it’s going to be cool to say I was reading Valiant and wearing Valiant shirts before people caught on…get mad props for my Ninjak shirt all the time!
Faith is a great character that I’ve reviewed a couple of times, but as all hero fans know, the reboot is always looming, and this week, Faith hits the shelves in what seems to be a Doctor Mirage crossover that begins with Faith running from the cops, framed for a murder.
Simply put, if you enjoy Valiant and Faith, you will dig this. I’m excited to see the addition of Doctor Mirage to a Faith title: Doctor Mirage is an interesting character that’s sure to add some weight to the usually light-hearted Faith series. The art is this book is fairly simple, leaving plain backgrounds open for us to focus on character and story…not a bad idea for those jumping into the Universe for the first time.
Fearscape from Vault
Written by Ryan O’Sullivan; Illustrated by Andrea Mutti; Colored by Vladimir Popov
I’ll end this week with my Best of the Four: Fearscape from Vault Comics. This issue won me over with its interesting premise and original unreliable narrator.
This book follows the wordy Henry Henry, aspiring author, as he goes from being rejected by his friend’s writing agent, to stealing his best-selling-author neighbor’s new, non-published novel to “borrow” some ideas.
An other-worldly being, thinking Henry to be the great writer Arthur Proctor, since he has his manuscript, pulls Henry into another world to battle in a bout of epic storytelling in order to save the world. Henry decides to keep his identity a secret…uh oh!
At the end of these Wednesday posts, I’m also going to be keeping a running list of the “Best of the Four” publisher wins! Here you go. Nine weeks in…Vault Comics on the list!
BOOM! Studios: 2
Archie Comics: 1
Dark Horse Comics: 1
Shout out to my shop, Alternate Reality located at 111th and Kedzie in beautiful Downtown Mt. Greenwood, Chicago…where I get all of my new books. Check them out if you are in the Chicagoland area. Tell Tim that Eric sent ya! Tim, good call on the Fearscape.