Amerikarate #1

Writers: Corey Kalman, Brockton McKinney Artist: Devin Roth Publisher: Action Lab Danger Zone Amerikarate fuses self-deprecating comedy with B-movie action flare in a way that only this creative team can provide. It’s so far been described as a mashup between Footloose and every major action movie hero of the 80s, and rightfully so. Needless to…

Royal City #1

Created, Written, and Illustrated by Jeff Lemire Published by Image Comics Something is wrong in Royal City. It’s not just that the factory is slowing down. It’s not just that Peter Pike had a stroke, right there in the middle of his potato salad. No, there’s something else, something around the edges. Something that’s not…

The Old Guard #1 Review

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Leandro Fernández Publisher: Image There’s a certain aesthetic that defines The Old Guard, the new Image title from superstar creators Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández. Rucka describes the book in the opening narration as “a fairy tale of blood and bullets” about a group of mostly invincible soldiers. Yet while there…

Kingpin #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Ben Torres Publisher: Marvel Marvel’s “Running with the Devil” event kicked off last week with the excellent Bullseye #1, and continues going strong with a new series featuring Daredevil’s greatest nemesis. By the nature of his complex character and tragic backstory, Wilson Fisk, A.K.A the Kingpin, has more than enough merit…

Loose Ends #1 (of 4)

Written by Jason Latour Art by Chris Brunner Colors by Rico Renzi Published by Image Comics Friends of Ultimate Comics Jason Latour and Rico Renzi have been working on this North Carolina crime story for ten years, and this week, it sees the light of day. It’s not for kids, but everyone else is going…

Revolutionaries #1

Writer: John Barber Artist: Fico Ossio Publisher: IDW Revolutionaries takes place in the aftermath of the IDW event crossover Revolution, which saw characters like Rom and Optimus Prime join forces. Continuing to capitalize on their partnership with Hasbro, IDW pulls out all their tools for this book to provide a massive world-building experience. Story-wise, this…

Unstoppable Wasp #1

Written by Jeremy Whitley Art by Elsa Charretier Published by Marvel Comics Last week, we talked about the new Hulk book as the perfect example of how to handle the trauma of 2016, how to hurt and acknowledge that and come together. Well, as luck would have it, Marvel has given us the perfect spirit…

Hulk #1

Writer Mariko Tamaki Artist Nico Leon Color Artist Matt Milla Published by Marvel Comic 2016 was a rough year. Regardless of your politics, this was an ugly election season. Someone killed fifty people in a Florida nightclub. We’re never getting another Prince song, or a Bowie song, or a George Michael song. And now we’ve…