Destroyer #1 (of 6)

Written by Victor LaValle Illustrated by Dietrich Smith Colors by Joana LaFuente Published by Boom! Studios In modern times, Frankenstein’s Monster has generally been seen as a sweet-natured guy who doesn’t know his own strength. He was a family man in The Munsters, a hero in the recent Dean Koontz novels and comics, and a…

Generation X #1 Review

Writer: Christina Strain Artist: Amilcar Pinna Colorist: Felipe Sobreiro Publisher: Marvel I’ve been pleased so far with the revamped lineup of X-Men titles, particularly X-Men: Blue. Yet one thing that the books have lacked up until now is a focus on the mutant students who are training at the Xavier Institute in Central Park. With…

Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Renato Guedes Colorist: Ulises Arreola Publisher: Valiant Eternal Warrior: Awakening is one of four one-shots to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the titular Valiant hero. Given that there is no current ongoing series for the character, the idea behind these one-shots is to capture the mythological aspects and significance of Gilad…

Misfit City #1

Written by Kirsten Smith and Kurt Lustgarten Illustrated by Naomi Franquiz Published by BOOM! Box Hands up if you love the Goonies. Good, good, we’re on the same page. And have I got a great new read for you. In a seaside Oregon town, the local economy has dissolved into harvesting oysters and milking the…

Youngblood #1

Story by Chad Bowers Art by Jim Towe Backup story and art by Rob Liefeld Published by Image Comics Twenty-five years ago, young Rob Liefeld launched a comics company with an exuberant team of heroes called Youngblood. These characters were fueled by a distinctive artistic voice and the energy of a young creator. This week,…

‘Namwolf #1

Written by Fabian Rangel, Jr. Drawn by Logan Faerber Published by Albatross Funnybooks Last year, Albatross Funnybooks brought Eric Powell’s Appalachian mythology tale, Hillbilly, and this week, they send a werewolf to war. It’s 1970, and Marty Spencer is turning 18 as a Vietnam draftee. His first night in the jungle, his unit takes fire…

Godshaper #1 Review

Writer: Si Spurrier Artist: Jonas Goonface Publisher: BOOM! Studios Just when I thought I had my fill of trippy sci-fi after watching the FX series Legion, the new title from BOOM! Studios has redefined what I classify as surrealist fiction. Godshaper is the kind of comic that defies all storytelling conventions and offers a wildly…

X-Men Gold #1

Writer: Marc Guggenheim Artist: Ardian Syaf Publisher: Marvel As writer Marc Guggenheim explains in the afterward of this book, X-Men: Gold is all about getting the mutants back to basics. After years of having our heroes cross alternate timelines, deal with interdimensional and intergalactic conflicts, and most recently engage in a war with the Inhumans,…

Riverdale #1

Written by Will Ewing and Michael Grassi Art by Joe Eisma Colors by Andre Szymanowicz Published by Archie Comics At last month’s NC Comicon Oak City, everyone was talking about Riverdale. The CW’s new show takes the Americana mythology of Archie, Betty, and the gang, but updates it to a scandalous modern teen soap. Juicy…