Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weekly Pull List 11-26-14

A few books this week. I'll start with Rasputin 2. As intriguing as the first issue was, there isn't a whole lot that's new from this issue. He is drinking at a bar when a kindred spirit, Antoine, gets in a tussle. Rasputin joins in and brings him back when he gets shot in the throat. Later, Antoine shows up and invites Grigori on an adventure. Hence the start of a story... This runs the same trouble I've had with a handful of recent number 1s. It feels like the end of issue two is the real starting point (inciting incident if you will) of the series. It feels a tiny bit cheap to have that feeling after issue two. The bar fight takes up a good chunk of the first half of the book. It's a great scene, but feels a bit too early to take up that much of the book for a fight whose purpose could have come across in half the pages. The artwork if pretty freaking gorgeous. There's a nice cool palette which makes it feel like you're in a tundra wasteland. The book has potential, but is still finding its legs. I will stick with it for a while and hope for the best. 3 out of 5.

Also from Image comes Rucka and Lark's Lazarus 13. Politics abound at the Conclave. Everyone is on edge and carefully plotting their next move in the insane chess match taking place on a tiny island, with stakes as high as entire countries. While this book isn't the action packed thrill ride I was hoping for, Rucka is pretty awesome at the slow game of building up the world and raising the stakes. Lark, as usual, does some fine work in making these characters lovable and intriguing in this grim tale of family and what they do for each other. This issue is a pretty great read, but it's a "calm before the storm scenario". Especially after the last page. Some bad stuff is about to happen. 3.5 out of 5.

Lastly, G.I. Joe issue 3 was put out by IDW. In a plot that feels similar to Retaliation, the Joes are fighting to keep themselves alive as an organization since their funding has been pulled. This series is interesting as it's growing out of the last "season" of G.I.Joe comics. They have been running 2 year series' to make it easier for new people to jump on board. It's been working quite well story-wise as it allows creators to tell the story they want and then hand it off for a fresh new start. I recently read the Cobra Command event from a few years ago and there are some similar themes (mostly Cobra trying to fix its public face. Really this new series is showing a near direct result of that book. I', loving this new direction and the only actual complaint I have is that some of the characters can seem juvenile in their depictions. Great issue and I am excited to see where Traviss and Kurth are going to take us. 4 out of 5.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monthly Pull List October 2014 Part 2, November Part 1

Alright, back to the grind. I've decided since a large amount of my books that I'm backed up on are for Axis that I will just do a full wrap up for all of those and the tie ins from my normal series'. Until then, Nightcrawler 8 came out. Kurt gets summoned by Bloody Bess, one of the Crimson Pirates we've been teased with in previous issues. His bamfs gather together with Rico and Ziggy and teleport the blackbird to follow and rescue Nightcrawler and Bess. The Shadow King mind controls the rest of the X-Men in the other jet. And the issue leaves off with Nightcrawler about to face off against the rest of the X-Men. Huge shocker with the current Axis plots. Another average story with pretty good action and some fun art. While not a super familiar story, it just feels unimportant. 2.5 out of 5.

Also from Marvel, and also fairly mediocre, Storm 5. While this issue s a lot better than the series has been, it's still meh. There are some things I really enjoy in this book. The premise is Storm trying to get out of the tricky situation she and Yukio are in by trying to channel Wolverine. This plays out quite nicely and ends with Ororo going on a bit of a rampage. This has been a weird arc for me. I've never seen Yukio before and am not overly familiar with Wolverine so I feel a bit out of the loop character-wise. It's a fun story and I think they accomplished what they were trying to do by telling a Wolverine story starring Storm. The art is good. Sometimes there are overly heavy black outlines that are a bit distracting but not a real issue. The cover is beautifully done. It's a take on the cover of Wolverine #1 and I just love it. Take a look! 3 out of 5.

My last book from Marvel that's not Axis related is Thor 2. Our new Goddess of Thunder takes on a few frost giants who have invaded the pacific and placed Roxxon Island under siege. A mini battle ensues. The Goddess of Thunder denies some allegations of being Thor. Dario Agger isn't fully convinced and is awed by her power. It's a bit strange that Malekith has teamed up with some Frost Giants but it cracks me up that he is walking around with Thor's arm hanging around his neck as a trophy. Russell Dauterman's art is pretty awesome. He plays with the panels to make the story seem disjointed and rough. It's always good to see a new artist start nailing it right away. It's not as stylized or dark as Ribic's stuff on the previous series, but I think it will fit with the feel of where the book is going. 4.5 out of 5.

Now over to DC/Dynamite for the epic finale to Batman 66 meets The Green Hornet in issue 6. The sam old light-hearted fun as the first 5 issues. It ends as expected and unsurprisingly leaves it open for another installment. As a whole, I think this is a pretty fun series. It would be a nice companion to anyone who bought the classic television series now available on BluRay. It works better as a whole story than as individual issues, but that does leave odd moments where we get narration of something that just happened since even the single issues are compilations of the multiple parts that were released online first. Fun story all around, which really is what comics are for. One last note about the beautiful covers. They were all done by the glorious Alex Ross. The detail and crispness makes them feel like they came from the television series. 3.5 out of 5.

Now to the world of Indie comics. I will start with Kirkman's Outcast issue 5. This book is doing a great job of exploring an anti-demon superpower and a preacher's inner conflict of doubting his faith. I really enjoy this book, and it is incredibly creepy. Just look at the cover. It's the preacher trying to pull Kyle off of the man he is trying to beat the snot out of. There's something in the way each of the characters' acts and is portrayed that really boosts the creep factor. The entire interrogation scene in this book is the best iteration of film noir I have seen on the page. It is styled so wonderfully that it really enhances the dark story. It's really exciting going on this journey to try to figure out how Kyle's power works and seeing where the duo is heading in their story. 5 out of 5.

Cullen Bunn has a new series out. Terrible Lizard 1 from Oni Press. This book is essentially a more grown-up take on Super Dinosaur from Kirkman. A daughter visits her dad at work at a lab where a temporal displacement experiment goes awry and a T-Rex shows up. This book seems to be a Godzilla-esque monster fighting series. At first read, it's not as great as Super Dinosaur since that book just totally went all out on the ridiculous scale. It embraced the childishness greatly. I'm not sure how many issues I'm in for, but I am excited to try it out. I'm not worried that Bunn will have a clear vision for this book in a few issue. The art is by Drew Moss and it definitely embraces the weirdness and absurdity of the story. I'm not fully sold on the T-Rex design. His face is a little odd looking and I need some more time with it. 3.5 out of 5.

Also from Oni Press and Cullen Bunn, the first two issues of Brides of Helheim came out. The first Helheim series focused on introducing us the the viking world and the character of Rikard. This new one takes place several years after the first one and seems to be more focused on the history of the dark arts and witchcraft in the era. It's a fresh take and I'm looking forward to some more. It's a beautiful world and promises to have some intriguing and exciting mysteries. So far, so good. 4.5 out of 5.

In the world of Sixth Gun, I had issue 44 and Days of the Dead 3. Days of the Dead continues to explore Eli Barlow and the Knights of Solomon. Strange magics are rampant and all that. This is the hardest miniseries to follow so far. It will make more sense as a story and how it ties in to the main story. Not a ton to say. This issue is full of action and leaves off on a nice cliffhanger. 3.5 out of 5.

In Sixth Gun 44 we see a great battle as the pawns are moved into place for the final battle. A narrative recapping some history unfolds around images of a great battle between Drake and Becky riding the thunderbirds and the serpentine hoards of the Grey Witch. Issues like this are why I love this series. A standalone story that is part of the larger arc and excels at making both excellent. This issue is definitely building to something epic and I can't wait to see how things go down.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Monthly Pull List Oct. 2014 Part 1.

Well I am getting settled into new job and new apartment. It's been a while since I've had the time and energy to post my weekly pull list. I have quite a stack of books to catch up on. I'll keep it quick. Over at IDW I got two issues of the brand new G.I.Joe series. The first arc is the fall of G.I.Joe. New writer Karen Traviss starts off after an apparent ceasefire. Cobra has foregone all its bad things and claims it is all about peace now. G.I.Joe is about to be disbanded as they no longer have any major purpose. Espionage, betrayal, complicated family ties crossing the boundaries of Cobra and a man named Rashidov and his separatists. Art is by Steve Kurth. His work is incredible. The watercolored painting with beautifully realistic pencils. Great story so far. Looking forward to seeing more from Traviss and Kurth. Especially after reading the letters in the back of issue two. Great stuff. 4.5 out of 5.

Over at Image, Rasputin #1. A supernatural version of the tale of Russia's greatest love machine. The premise is Rasputin telling the story on the day of his death. There's flashbacks to his childhood with an abusive dad. He beats up Rasputin's mom and he uses his mystical powers to heal her. He does the same to a bear that his dad fights later on. I picked it up because I have an unhealthy obsession with this song:

Also, I like the idea of a supernatural historical figure. Written by Alex Grecian and drawn by Riley Rossmo who work together to bring out a mysterious fun story. Strong first issue. Looking forward to more. 4 out of 5. 

Image also sent out Lazarus 12. Part of the conclave story, this issue is really the calm before the storm. A world of politics and counterintelligence building up to a big explosive conflict. There's a really cool scene where three different Lazaruses train with each other. A great story is unfolding. Rucka and Lark still work like a dream to bring you one of the best series around. 3.5 out of 5 as it's kind of a filler issue. 

Lastly from Image is Velvet 8. More gritty espionage and beautiful artwork as Velvet invades the Arc-7 headquarters to access a phone and make a mysterious call. This issue reads as an excellent heist movie. Lots of twists and turns Brubaker and Epting do not disappoint in their latest excellent issue. 5 out of 5. 

Batman '66 meets the  Green Hornet 5 is next. More of the same. Lots of fun, but nothing too dramatic. Only one more book, which is fine. Still feels like this is one episode split up over 6 issues. 3 out of 5.

My other books from DC are Green Arrow 35 and 36. Issue one of the Kingdom story. Also the first issue written by CW's Arrow writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski. It's a perfectly fine issue. Standard Green Arrow. Biggest problem I have with the book is they try so hard to make it closer to the TV show. They introduce us to the new version of Felicity Smoak. She's a "evil" version of the show character. Hired to kill Oliver Queen. I think it should be fine. I'm still in. The new art is alright. Nothing compared to Sorrentino's work so I'm going into it with an open mind. Fun action-packed Green Arrow story. Nothing special on this front, but I will keep reading as I like Green Arrow. They should just call this book Arrow since it fits perfectly into the TV world. 2.5 out of 5.

Now over to Boom! for some Cullen Bunn action. The Empty Man 5. The calm before the storm. Everything in this book is building tension before next month's final issue. A brilliant book that creeps the heck out of me. It's been a fun ride so far and I'm confident that things will continue into the epic finale. Del Rey's art enhances the creep factor. 4 out of 5.

There were many books from Marvel over the last month or so. The new Thor #1 came out and teased the identity of the controversial, and mysterious female version of Thor and the next arc involving Malekith and frost giants. There's new art by Russell Dauterman. It's pretty great. It's not quite Ribic's smooth watery beauty, but it totally works with this new direction. I really like this direction it's going in, especially since it's still Jason Aaron. 4.5 out of 5.

The next two issues are Death of Wolverine tie in issues. They're fairly interesting as they contain some cool stories about the characters' pasts. Storm 4 has Ororo meeting up with an old friend, Yukio and helps with a secret underground mob fight. She promises to be Wolverine's replacement. It ends with a nice Cliffhanger as Storm is set up for a massive beating. Still an okay book. Probably my favorite issue so far. 3.5 out of 5

Nightcrawler 7 is pretty fun. It explores his relationship with Wolverine by revisiting some moments from the past in the danger room. This might be my last issue of this book, but it is a good issue to send off on. I like how honest it feels and think that Claremont has done some solid work with this book. It's not the best, but a solid book and I could understand people enjoying them. 4 out of 5. 

This is only about half of them. I have a bunch of stuff from Marvel in the Axis category and some stuff from Cullen Bunn and Oni Press to take a look at. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Pull List 9-24-14

Surprisingly big week this week. Went into the shop expecting 4 books and came out with 3 of those and 3 others. I'll start with Mr. Kirkman's Outcast 4 from Image. This book is still sufficiently creepy and dark. Kyle and the Reverend agree to help out a detective who believes his ex-partner, who is currently in jail, was possessed. They show up to the prison and the book ends with a very ominous man awaiting their interrogation. I really like Kyle's super power of having an innate ability to hurt demons possessing humans. It's something new and exciting I haven't seen before. This is some of Kirkman's finest work. Great work all around. The art by Paul Azaceta perfectly captures the mystical side of the story. Wonderful book. 4.5 out of 5.

Now over to Marvel for Storm 3. A solid issue that continues in the vein of the first two.  This series has been a little too much "let's save the environment because Storm has weather powers." It's not bad. just seems to be the same story over and over. The best part of this issue is a man named forge has made a weather device which makes it rain. This device would be incredibly cool and powerful. I would be amazed if something like that actually existed. Anyways, decent book. Not my favorite. Probably the next book I will drop, but I'll see if it picks up in the next couple issues. 2.5 out of 5.
Loki Agent of Asgard 6 is my next book. And it is brilliant. The entire story is a battle of wits between Dr. Doom and Loki and I was enthralled the entire time. This is a March to Axis issue which just makes me want to pick up the other lead-in issues. This mini event is promising to be a very solid story. I'm not overly into the over-arching story in this book, but each  issue continues to keep my interest and show me something new. Brilliance! 4 out of 5.

Another March to Axis is over in Magneto 10. A majority of this issue is spent inside Magneto's head as Red Skull uses his stolen Xavier powers to play literal mind games with him. It serves as a telling and personal look into Erik's psyche. Very nicely written by Cullen Bunn (as usual) and the art by Fernandez and Walta is quite brilliant. There's homages and style changes as different memories come up and reflect older eras and designs of the characters. It's quite excellent. 4.5 out of 5.

Now over to Boom! studios for The Empty Man 4. This book is quite similar to the Outcast book. A pair of unlikely partners hunting down mysterious paranormal forces. This issue takes a hard left from mysterious horror towards a ghost invasion story. Solid issue, but it didn't quite hold up to the others. This one felt less new to me. A little more familiar and therefore less exciting. I'd have to give this a 3.5 out of 5.

Last up is Sixth Gun 43. Another step toward the final showdown. The entire one-off cast makes a brief appearance to let the reader know what they know about the end of the world. Not much else to say. It continues where the story is going and still promises to pay off well. 3.5 out of 5.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Pull List August-September 2014

Well I moved. I have now caught up on my comics purchases and am mostly moved in out east so it's time to catch up. I will start off over at image. Velvet number 7 follows Colt and Roberts as they work counter-espionage on the official side of things. It's another brilliant issue. Brubaker and Epting are still a glorious pair. Beautifully realistic art really makes me wish it was a TV show. It would be incredibly awesome to see this on a high quality network like AMC or HBO. 5 out of 5.

Next up is Lazarus 11. Conclave part 1 has a wonderful scene exploring the politics of the world. Seeing interactions between two Lazaruses (Lazari?) is always interesting A lot of buildup and anticipation for something that I'm not sure where it's going to go. We're at the peak of the chain lift on the roller coaster getting ready to go over the edge. 4 out of 5.

Now over to DC. We have two Futures End tie-ins. The first is Justice League United which is a surprisingly interesting story. A classic "getting the band back together" story set in the future. Several members of the old JLU congregate to hunt down the Martian Manhunter, who has been captured by Gorilla Grodd and the guy behind the whole thing: Captain Atom!?! it's a decent story. I was interested enough to want to go get the next part of the story in the Justice League tie in. I want to read the main story, but I really wish it was much shorter. 52 is a lot of commitment for a mediocre story. I'll give it 3.5 out of 5 for a surprise ending, even though they just seem to be trying way too hard to find a place for Captain Atom in the New 52. 

The other tie in is Green Arrow which is a solid issue. It's a nice wrap up to this creative team. Has a few nice callbacks and such to other moments in the recent issues. Oliver fakes his own death on live TV in a fight with Deathstroke only to realize it was Magus. His sister Emiko is acting as the Green Arrow in Seattle. Not a bad issue. Sorrentino is amazing as usual. Another book that piques my interest in the Futures End story. 4 out of 5.

Last book from DC is Batman '66 meets the Green Hornet 4. Comic hilarity continues as the two teams continue to torment each other due to ill timed torment from the kings of crime. Another middle story that serves its purpose and not much else. Fun book all around, but I'm glad it's only six issues so I can get the next two and not have to worry about it any more. 3 out of 5.

Now over to Marvel! First up is Nightcrawler 6. This issue follows Kurt and the young Rico as they hunt down the mysterious mutant girl that the pirates are also after. An exciting battle ensues and they manage to rescue her. A fun story that doesn't seem to have any real impact on the world as a whole, apart from introducing the new mutant, Ziggy, and the mysterious bossman who promises his revenge. Another fun series that I will probably not be picking up anymore as it is not very exciting. It's a few minutes of joy, but I have no real connection to it and am trying to buy fewer comics. 2.5 out f 5.

Next up we have 3 issues in the Thor saga: Thor and Loki The Tenth Realm 4 and 5 and Thor God of Thunder 25. Battles rage until Loki brings Odin out of his prison in Asgard and back to the Tenth Realm. He halts the war upon realizing Angela is his long-lost daughter. Which begs the question: Have they truly never met before? Apparently not as Odin isn't around nearly as much as he seems to be and Angela showed up about 20 years ago and was mostly a Spawn character until merely a few years ago when she starting hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy. A mildly anticlimactic ending to the tale, but it works as a great setup to the new Thor series as Thor gets told a secret by Fury in Original Sin that makes him unworthy to wield the hammer. Making way for a lady Thor in a new upcoming series. In issue 25, King Thor's granddaughters are reading ancient stories about his past exploits when they come upon one in chains. It is revealed that this book is titled Unworthy and the book ends with Thor Odinson trying desperately to hoist Mjolnir off the surface of the moon. This book is and always has been fantastic! Looking forward to seeing where Aaron is taking us on this ride. The art on both of these series has been incredible. Different artists provide wonderful different takes on the characters as they traverse different realms or appear in different eras. These books are truly masterpieces. Overall they get 5 out of 5.

The last of my Marvel books and the first off my Cullen Bunn books is Magneto 9: A March to Axis. Eric breaks into a concentration camp of sorts in order to assassinate the Red Skull and save some of the kids in there. Everything goes to hell, of course. This issue is a setup to some massive war between the Avengers, X-Men, and the Red Skull who has apparently taken Xavier's mental powers? Interested to see where this is going. Walta does a wonderful job with the gritty looking art. Great issue that has me hooked until next issue. 4 of 5.

Now over to Boom! for the Empty Man 3. Apparently the Empty Man isn't a disease, it's an invasion! *gasp* We get a creepy scene where we see some Frankenstein seeming doctor talking to an apparent carrier of the Empty Man or something. Still a gloriously creepy mystery that promises an awesome finale to this story in a few issues. Del Ray's art is once again brilliantly murky. Love this book. 4 out of 5.

Now for the Sixth Gun 42 and Days of the Dead 2. The prequel uses Jesup to tell us some history of the Knights of Solomon and the Sword of Abraham. There's also the mysterious Yum Kimil who seems to be a cajun god of some sort. Real cool series and history. The main series is setting up the grand finale where the Grey Witch will be using Jesup and the six to recreate the world. Drake, Becky, and Nidawi are trying to plan a way to stop her, and the Knights of Solomon are doing the same. It's amazing how these two series are being released along side each other and are so entertwined. Of course I love these books. It has been well documented. 4.5 out of 5.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekly Pull List 8-13-14

Three books this week. And what an incredibly average week it was. I'll start with Justice League United 4. The wrap up to the big cosmic story is boring, the little story in Canada is pretty interesting but I wish it was on it's own. The setup is mildly intriguing. This is a book that I will be dropping when I move in a month or so. 2 out of 5.

Now to Marvel for Nightcrawler 5. Kurt is trying to fit in as a teacher at the Jean Grey School and still get used to his new life. Meanwhile, in Maryland, a group of fairly malicious looking mutants are after some girl for some reason. Kurt fixes the blackbird and takes it out for a midnight flight when he gets a call to find a new powerful mutant. Same girl? Yep. I really enjoy the very personal stuff that he goes through at the school while teaching in the Danger Room. He also has a great moment with one of the students toward the end. It's a nice little story, but I have no real interest in seeing where it goes. I will probably drop this one during the move as well. 3 out of 5.

Last up I picked up Amazing X-Men 10. This book was a really fun read. There's non stop action and thrills. The story has a classic tease, then jump back 20 minutes to see how we got there that they've been using quite a bit in this story. It works. There's many, many characters that I don't know or really care about being affected by a magical curse that only works on Canadian soil. By all rights I shouldn't like this book, but this book is just so fun! The art in this book is good, but nothing really noteworthy about it. Bright, colorful, and action-packed is all you can ask for. 3.5 out of 5.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monthly Pull List 8-12-14

Time to catch up a bit. I got carried away with reading other comics I borrowed from my brother: Superman: New Krypton stuff and now IDWs Ninja turtles series. I also only had one or two books most weeks. Anyways, onto the books! We will start with Marvel. First up is a new series: Storm #1 written by Greg Pak with art by Victor Ibanez. It starts with Storm rescuing Santo Marco from a tsunami. With political tensions high due to their ban on mutants Ororo argues with Beast about being there. This is the basis of the story which this issue is merely made to kickstart the series and let Storm go off on her own. It's a great start having political strife as well as a personal conflict to build up the stakes and make it an intriguing series. Art-wise, this book is pretty solid. It really shines in the darker exterior scenes while the bright interiors are oddly cartoonish. Great start to the book and I hope it continues to be a good series. 3.5 out of 5.

Next up Magneto 7. Magneto infiltrates a mutant slave ring where they are forced to fight a predator x, or a mutant hunting machine. Naturally he decimates the whole operation and frees the mutant captives. It is still an excellent book. I love the anti-spy feel of the book and the way the story is progressing. Art is still very good. The use of the overly willing sidekick is pretty cool. A single hero (or antihero as the case may be) is rarely awesome on their own and typically need another person who is the brains behind the operation. Someone to gather more information whilst the title character is off fighting their enemies or taking down slave rings. Briar Raleigh is an excellent assistant and I can't wait to see what Bunn has in store for her and where she has come from. Great book still. 4 out of 5.

To polish off Marvel I have Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm 2 and 3 where we explore the realm of Heven and at least the Angels' side of the war with Asgard. Still an incredibly intriguing story. I love the retcon happening across Marvel due to the Original Sin story. Well, I don't consider it a retcon as it gives new information more so than changing things we thought we knew. I love the dark Asgardian history though I'm not sure if I believe the queen of the angels and her version of history yet. Loki is deceptive and conniving as usual and I'm curious to see how it would play out (Which is why Loki is great, he can always go either way). Only two issues left before Thor becomes unworthy to wield Mjolnir and a female picks up the mantle (Angela?) so I am ver much looking forward to finishing the series. Great series. 4 out of 5.

On the other side we get to see Batman 66 Meets the Green Hornet 3. It continues the fun, light-heartedness of the series. It's not super great, but it's a lot of fun. I'm just very okay about the book and there's not much to discuss that hasn't been said already. I would suggest waiting for the trade as the series is very serialized, but feels like it should be read all at once. The one thing I want to say about this is that it greatly captures the feel of a TV show where each issue, while not a full story, ends on a cliffhanger. It's like you get to the commercial break in the show. Interesting way to read the comics, but it feels like the whole series would be the equivalent of at least a two episode story arc. 3 out of 5.

My other DC book is Green Arrow 34. As the conclusion of the Broken story this issue raises the bar in seriousness of tone and incredible art. Ollie gets his ass kicked by Dragon before he pierces Dragon's femoral artery and leaving him. It's an incredibly clean and solid finale to the story and sets up the direction the next story will go with Emiko agreeing to be Oliver's apprentice and Diggle agreeing to stick around. Another issue ideal for setting up where the story wants to go. Lemire is great and Sorrentino is amazing at translating his words. So, if you have any interest in picking up one of the best books at DC, grab the trades. Absolutely worth it. If you like Arrow then pick up issue 35 when show veterens Kreisberg and Sokolowski are taking over. 5 out of 5!
Now to the independent side of things. Outcast 2 comes from Robert Kirkman's side of Image: Skybound Publishing. If you want a book that'll creep you out and possibly make you lose sleep. Demon possession, rape and domestic abuse, questions of faith and possible matricide are all represented in this fantastic book. One of the creepiest things I've ever seen/read/watched/experienced. Outcast is a lot darker than anything else Kirkman has done. Although Invincible is apparently absurdly evil and vicious. Paul Azaceta's art is grim and dark, but not too vile. It helps to lighten the creepiness a bit. There's a solid cliffhanger that really seduced me. Looking forward to checking out more from this series. 5 out of 5.

Also from Image is Lazarus 10. This issue expands our knowledge of the world a bit and raises the stakes  as it sets up for a world-wide gang war. This story looks far more interesting than the last one. I hope things play out epically. It's really nice to see Rucka expand the universe appropriately and having another solid looking story. Not much else to say apart from This is my favorite issue of this series in a little while and I hope it continues. 4 out of 5.

Last Image book I picked up was Velvet 6. In this book we follow Velvet as she meets a few of her assets and decides to go on the offensive to clear her name. Brubaker doesn't disappoint with his espionage, crime thriller. Steve Epting's work is incredible gorgeous and sufficiently noir, perfectly matching the tone of this book. There's some more backstory and a couple twists. Great book! I love everything about this book! 4.5 out of 5.

Lastly, I picked up Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead 1. A new miniseries to give a little more backstory to the world of the Six and their history. It introduces us to Yum Kimil, an apparent god or embodiment of death itself who is set to be reawakened as villains tend to be in stories. If you've read any of my blog posts, you know I love anything to do with this series. Great start to the story and we'll see how what it builds into the mythology before the last streak of issues before the end in issue 50. 5 out of 5!