So I spent two weeks traveling for work, and then returned home to prepare for Thanksgiving last week. With family coming in from out-of-state, there were things that had to be done, and writing my Love It Hate It blog post, while on the list, didn’t make the cut. I did, however, get to read all of the #1s from the 8th while I was traveling, and I have to admit, the choice of the one I loved the most and the one that just wasn’t quite up to snuff was more difficult than usual.
For instance, there are two that could easily make the number one spot. Both Coyotes and Port of Earth are interesting reads and I would advise anyone to pick them up if you haven’t gotten the chance. Choosing one to be at the bottom was likewise difficult. I struggled choosing between Black Hole Repo and Master of Kung Fu. Interestingly, I at least remember what Master of Kung Fu is about, while Black Hole Repo seems completely foreign to me at this moment. But I’ll stick with my initial gut instincts and leave Master of Kung Fu at the bottom.
Love It Hate It Contenders: Nov. 8th
So this reviews Love em/Hate em are:
- Coyotes (Image)
- Port of Earth (Image)
- She Hulk (Marvel)
- Moon Knight (Marvel)
- Black Hole Repo (Heavy Metal)
- Master of Kung Fu (Marvel)
LOVE IT: No. 1 Coyotes #1 from Image
This week was another tough decision between Image’s Coyotes and Port of Earth. So what won me over to Coyotes? A badass female character, what else?
What’s not to love about this book? The art, the coloring, the lettering, the layouts, the story telling: all of it comes together to make for an outstanding read. The cover art alone, by Caitlin Yarsky, was enough to draw me to this book. As we all know, the promise of an interesting story on the cover doesn’t always carry through to the rest of the book. This time . . . it certainly does.
The story is by writer Sean Lewis and ALL of the art is by Caitlin Yarsky. In fact, these are the only two credited with the creation of this comic. Perhaps that’s why it seems so tight. The coloring matches what I would expect for the art work; the lettering matches what I would expect for the story and the art work; it all simply works together, including the layouts, to make one awesome comic book.
If you feel like there are two, maybe even three issues/chapters in this one issue, you are not alone. And this caused a bit of confusion for me initially, but by the time I reached the end of the comic, it all made sense, kinda. It doesn’t necessarily all come together, but you begin to see how the individual parts make up the whole. I know this sounds a bit cryptic, but I try hard to not give anything away in these reviews and that can sometimes create a bit of ambiguity. I think, overall, it’s worth it.
I will tell you that the story revolves around what Lewis calls “The City of Lost Girls” and our protagonist, a badass young woman named Analia/Red. The city, clearly a boil on the ass of humanity, is where cops like Coffey get sent when they’ve stepped over the line. In other words, when they challenge the corruption in their department. It’s clear that Coffey isn’t going to take what’s going on in the City of Lost Girls laying down. When Analia’s friends rescue her from Coffey’s interrogation room (with a bit of force involved), he rants that they can’t do that because he’s a cop. The woman’s (perhaps the Duchess) response? “You stop letting our bodies end up in ditches and we’ll stop pissing on your badge.” I look forward to reading more!!!
LOVE IT Runner Up: Port of Earth (Image)
This book was actually impressive. Creators Zack Kaplan (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Vladimier Popov (C), and Troy Peteri (L) create a tale that is both sci-fi and a little to real. The premise of the book is that earth finally makes first contact with aliens. Actually, they’ve known about us for a long time, but never needed anything from us until now. What they need is a port to supply their ships with water for power.
What could possibly go wrong with this scenario, right? What could possibly go wrong with the US seeing an opportunity to make money on a natural commodity that should belong to everyone?
Pick up the book to find out in this latest sci-fi comic.
HATE IT: Master of Kung Fu #126 (Rebooted with continuing numbering) from Marvel
Hate? Such a strong word. One that I rarely use and that I feel is overused in today’s world. People hate too much and don’t appreciate or try to understand enough. And no, I didn’t HATE this book. It’s actually kind of fun in places. This is a reboot of a comic that use to exist and now they’ve brought it back with it’s original numbering.
So again, we have a comic that is really a #1 . . . and yet it’s not. The very fact that it has the number 126 indicates there have been 125 issues that came before it. Issue #125 was published in June of 1983. Now I don’t know about y’all, but that’s a bit far back for me to be able to easily fine these issues and catch up on the Master of Kung Fu.
So tell me, what exactly are Marvel and DC trying to prove with this new (not new) technique of picking up the numbering where it last left off. Anyone new to comics who just happens to head into their local comic store to see what they can find would NOT be willing to pick this up.
Creators CM Punk (W), Dalibor Talajic (A), Erick Arciniega (C), and VC’s Travis Lanham (L), do a good job of incorporating backstory within the main story, so we at least know how the monkey came to be our main characters side-kick. But a new reader is not even going to pick this book up unless they have a really good comic book person to explain how this all works.
I feel like I spend a great deal of time ranting when it comes to the book at the bottom, but maybe that’s how it should be.
Here’s the plan for the next few reviews. I did this review because it’s just not fair to lump a bunch of weeks together and pick only one love it and one hate it. That said, we’ll see what the #1s look like for the weeks of Nov. 15th, 22nd, & 29th to see how we’ll proceed. If it’s too much, we might just forget the weeks of the 15th and 22nd.
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