We are trying a new format for comic reviews to allow us to review more comics in the week on New Comic Book Day 8/2/17.
Action Lab Comics
Story by David Pepose Art by Jorge Santiago, Jasen Smith
Nostalgia is a hard thing to master especially with everyone bringing old shows, comics, and other things from the 1980’s,90’s and early 2000’s. However, the main problem with these reboots is that the new material does little to enhance the aforementioned material. Spencer & Locke is able to change up Calvin & Hobbes enough to make this its own property and make the comic worth reading.
This series uses the varied art stylings easily differentiating the past (Bill Wattersonesque) from the present (gritty styling).
This series has been an enjoyable read from start to finish. Look forward to the film version coming soon.
Story By: Greg Pak Art By: Takeshi Miyazawa. Triona Farrell
Mech Cadet Yu, formerly support staff Yu, finds his hopes of becoming a mech pilot come to reality after a wayward sentient mech chooses him as his partner. There is little room discussed why the world needs these mechs that showed up years earlier other than passing art detailing basic mech suit fights (Monsters and Meteors) diminishing the series slightly. However, we are given a clear rival in Cadet Sanchez an arrogant know it all who thinks little of Yu who was given a prototype man-made mech.
Mech Cadet Yu has all the retro vibes of Iron Giant and Gundam though Pak finds a way for this series to feel new and unique. I really wasn’t expecting this series to be this good which is why I am giving it the highest grade possible and even that high enough.
Story By: Benjamin Percy Art By: Juan Ferreyra
“Hard Traveling Hero” is a decent arc as we see Queen build himself up after the fall of Seatle, Star City, taking him across the country tracking down leads on the Ninth Circle. This has lead to good dialogue and action between characters despite this being a road already traveled.
While this arc is an entertaining read it appears as if Green Arrow can’t pull down his own series. We have already seen Flash, Wonder Woman and in this issue Superman and Lex Luthor stealing Green Arrow’s thunder. Next Queen goes to Gotham where the Ninth Circle plan their next attack.
While Green Arrow #28 is a decent read Queen is slowly becoming a secondary/tertiary character in his own series. Bring on Batman!
Story By: Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb
“Independence Day” continues the Kent family vacation visiting all of the national land marks as we have seen in Superman #27. While this arc captures the essence of Superman’s character capitalizing on his Americana roots it provides little action. However, this really should have been a one-shot ending last month due to July being befitting of road trips and patriotic nostalgia.
The one thing that saved this issue is that Godlewski was able to draw vivid panels giving this issue a somber appeal despite the writing being campy.
This patriotic road trip lasted an issue too though it is a good way to study for an American history class. However, as a comic, it is void of action leading this to issue to be stale
Story By: Charles Soule Art By: Giuseppe Camuncoli Cam Smith David Curiel
Darth Vader struggles in the aftermath of Order 66 as he is finishing the task of running down the last Jedi. However, he finds himself beaten by Kirak Infil’a in the previous issue. This series hasn’t been that great despite it featuring one of the best SciFi villains.
This series has gotten better starting with this issue as Vader shows off how frightening he is. He awakens to destroy all around him as the art team perfectly captures the raw power of his abilities.
Are we seeing an upswing in quality in this series with this issue or will Soule continue the alternating quality? The thing that is certain savage is spelled VADER!
You can find these comics mentioned above and more released on New Comic Book Day 8/2/17 at your local comic shop or online if you are a fan of the digital form of the medium (just click on the covers).