Mini Reviews: Four Debuts and more G.I. JOE!

Blood Syndicate #1

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Blood Syndicate #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The issue is an interesting one as Milestone expands a bit bringing back another classic series with a bit of an update. The update works pretty well but there’s a lot of things that just happen with little explanation making the comic a bit of a headscratcher at times. It’s a decent start that has me wanting to see more but this might be an overall package than individual issue when it comes to how good it is. Overall Rating: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – Time perfectly for the release of the first trailer for the upcoming sequel film, the comic takes us back to Pandora. The Na’vi are presented with an option to gain knowledge from the Sky People with schools but debate their contaminating their lives. There’s a lot to chew on but like the original film, it feels like it’s not original enough, especially when we get to the end and find the conflict to come in a mysterious disease. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Cold Iron #1 (comiXology Originals) – Me not knowing references probably hurt my enjoyment of the comic but it’s a horror comic that takes place on the Isle of Man. There’s some interesting stuff there but overall it didn’t quite hook me like I hoped. I want to see where it goes but the first issue is kind of meh. Overall Rating: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 (Opus) – I don’t know much about Death Dealer beyond the classic Frank Frazetta art and the collectibles that spun out of it. So, this being my first introduction to the character and story I was really intrigued. Unfortunately, there’s a lot like it and a lot that’s so much better. This character tortured by a voice who’s a killing machine feels like it’s been done over and over. It didn’t help the comic slipped into some bad fantasy tropes that had me rolling my eyes. Unless you’re a hardcore Frazetta fan, this is a pass. Overall Rating: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The comic perfectly captures the classic cartoon not just in the story but the art as well. There’s such an amazing attention to detail for both that it feels like I’m transported almost 4 decades back. If you’re a fan of the classic 80s cartoon, this is a must and feels like coming home for some afternoon cartoons. Overall Rating: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).