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Review: Slay Bells

Slay Bells might not be the most original story but it’s still really entertaining. Add in a B-side that’s just weird and high price point and this is one that’s good but debatable if it’s worth the price.

Story: Zeb Wells, Eliot Rahal
Art: David LaFuente, Adam Pollina
Color: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe

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Review: The Visitor #6

The Visitor #6

The Visitor pulls the trigger on tomorrow once and for all in the epic finale in The Visitor #6!

I’m sure the huge gap between the 4th and 5th issues hasn’t done The Visitor any favors at all. Before the pandemic shut things down, I recall enjoying the first five issues about as much as I would a lukewarm curry (believe it or not I don’t mind lukewarm curry – it still tastes just as good – but I’d much prefer it hot); unfortunately, the gap between issues has really sucked any momentum from the series. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was going on when I read issue five, but with the final issue in the miniseries, I realize that I’ve become somewhat indifferent to the Visitor and his quest.

The Visitor #6 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland, and finds the Visitor and his new ally Agent Dauber trying to stop the malicious program from being created – for fans of Rai, it’s a nice nod to the origins of Father, though I feel the reveal of Dr. Silk as one of New Japan’s architects was stunningly underwhelming (not that I wasn’t surprised, because I had no idea, but because the reveal came from nowhere and if you haven’t been reading Valiant for sometime, then it will mean next to nothing to you). honestly at this point it felt like the story was written hastily to reveal that tidbit, and we’re all missing that entirely.

The Visitor #6 doesn’t quite end the story on a whimper because there’s a lot of action in the book, I’m just not invested enough in the story any more. Despite the comic revealing some key information about the Valiant Universe (namely Dr. Silk’s involvement with the creation of New Japan), it is far from required reading at this point in the game – and you can get the key information online (or even just in this paragraph). If you’re only going to buy one book from Valiant this month, don’t make it this one – search your LCS for Cullen Bunn’s Shadowman #1 instead if you really want to get into the publisher’s characters. Read it if you care how the story ends, but I wouldn’t recommend the series at this point.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.0 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Visitor #6 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #6 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Preorder Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
On sale JUNE 16th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The Visitor pulls the trigger on tomorrow once and for all in the epic finale…

THE VISITOR #6 (of 6)

Review: TKO Shorts: Hand Me Down

Reuben and Lyra are on the brink of a failing marriage when they’re invited to a risqué soiree hosted by wealthy neighbors in their glitzy new suburb. Yeah, it’s not what you think.

Story: Alex Paknadel
Art: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Review: Sympathy For No Devils

The world’s largest Colossal has been murdered and Winston Wallis-the last human in a world of monsters-has been called in to solve it.

Sympathy For No Devils is an interesting mash-up of a detective story in a monster world.

Story: Brandon Thomas
Art: Lee Ferguson
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Review: Tankers #2

An oil company decides that the dwindling supply can be fixed by traveling back in time and just making more! Tankers #2 continues the zany fun but like the first issue is a bit too predictable.

Story: Robert Venditti, Sean Ryan
Art: Juan José Ryp, Khari Evans
Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Simon Bowland

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Review: The Visitor #5

The Visitor #5

With only two of the Visitor’s targets left standing, what extreme lengths will he go to in order to finish the job? Find out as The Visitor #5 returns the series to the stands.

It has been more than a year since I read an issue of The Visitor, and in that time I’ve read a lot of comics (unfortunately due to a harddrive crash I’ve lost the pdfs that I would have used to refresh myself on the story, and my floppy issues are in a short box somewhere that isn’t as organized as I want it to be), and so I’m going into this using only my memory and the recap page to catch up with the story so far. The recap page does well enough to bring a person up to speed with the events of the previous four issues, thankfully, because I don’t know how well my memory was doing.

After over a year waiting for The Visitor to return, I’ll freely admit that I’m not sure it was worth the wait. The comic wasn’t bad, but it definitely suffers from the extended break; a lot of the characters were unfamiliar to me once again, but this is an easy fix if you reread the previous couple of issues.

The Visitor #5 is written by Paul Levitz and features artist MJ Kim, colorist Ulises Arreola, and letterer Simon Bowland. I previously wrote that “[the comic] follows the titular character as he’s trying to eliminate something that the Japanese scientists he’s hunting are working on and the UN Security agent Dauber assigned to protect them. Levitz keeps things entirely believable when the scientists keep frustrating Dauber’s efforts to keep them safe by insisting on their secrecy as they all underestimate the Visitor.” It’s still true. so I’m leaving it here because I don’t need to update the summary from the second to the fifth issue, really. The chase is now just a little further ahead, although with the fifth issue of The Visitor we finally understand what the program is that the scientists are working on, and knowing what it is will give some longtime Valiant readers an idea as to how the book will end.

There were a couple of moments where the art didn’t make sense to me from a chronological point of view; specifically when the Visitor confronts Dauber, initially it looks like he does so in front of a crowd of armed guards, though the following panels indicate she’s nowhere near any guards. It’s not a story breaker for me, but it definitely took me out of the comic for a bit.

The Visitor‘s return wasn’t bad, but this isn’t a comic for anybody other than those who have read the first four issues and want to know how the story ends.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.9 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Tankers #2

Tankers #2

Tankers as a series is rather predictable. Still, it’s insane fun. This is a popcorn B-movie in comic form. You just sit back and enjoy the ride which gets sillier and sillier with each moment. Tankers #2 has the crew back in the present but it’s a different present than the one they left. The dinosaurs didn’t die as expected but instead have survived all of these millions of years and evolved.

Written by Robert Venditti, the concept of Tankers has a solid bite of satire about it. An oil company sends a team back in time to divert the comet that killed the dinosaurs. The idea would be that it’d return and in that time period there’d be more dinosaurs to later turn into oil. But, things didn’t work out the way they thought. The “Tankers” return to the present to a world full of dinosaurs.

How did they return to a world that knows their plan? That’s kind of pushed to the side as with much of the comic, we’re expected to just roll with the goofy nature of it all.

The story is all about the comedy of people in mechs battling dinosaurs and trying not to die. Everything and everyone is ramped up and the story goes exactly the way you’d expect it to.

The goofy nature of it all is delivered through the art of Juan José Ryp. With Andrew Dalhouse on color and Dave Sharpe on lettering, the issue is about bullets and missiles flying to attack dinosaurs. It’s a cacophony of explosions and blood splatters. Like the very nature of the comic itself, the visuals are a massive exaggeration taking things over the top. Like the story itself, you get a feeling there’s a bit of satire in the visual delivery.

The Provider‘ is the second story of the comic. Written by Sean Ryan, it features art by Khari Evans, color by Dalhouse, and lettering by Simon Bowland. It follows early man as he hunts and provides for his family with a minimal amount of words. It’s a near silent comic and might be a bit better if it were. It’d put more emphasis on the visuals and actually been a more engaging story. It’s not bad but also never quite connects.

Tankers #2 is a comic that ramps things up to 11 and proudly displays its machismo. That’s part of the point and charm of the comic. This is one to not take too seriously and instead just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Story: Robert Venditti, Sean Ryan Art: Juan José Ryp, Khari Evans
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Simon Bowland
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


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Preview: The Visitor #5 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #5 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by SOO LEE
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
On sale JUNE 2nd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

With only two of the Visitor’s targets left standing, what extreme lengths will he go to in order to finish the job?

THE VISITOR #5 (of 6)

Review: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2 continues a series that’s been an interesting exploration of ethics in the world of medicine. Dr. Cleve was given a glimpse of the world Dr. Frankenstein was working on and left with a quandary. What he’s doing isn’t ethical but the cause and reasons he’s doing so are enough to make one pause. The story is an updated take on the classic tale and in the age of COVID, it feels well-timed.

Writer Paul Cornell is delivering a solid update to the classic story of Frankenstein giving it an ethical spin under today’s modern rules. With debates about how quickly the COVID vaccine was developed and conspiracies over shortcuts, the timing of the series feels appropriate. Cornell also delivers enough in the story to make the reader pause. We can understand why Dr. Cleve is enamored, in multiple ways, with Frankenstein. His work is cutting edge and can do real good for the world. Though she doesn’t completely discuss it, you can tell Cleve has a slight pause in how it’s been going about. Though, it’s not enough for her to not participate.

Cornell also adds a bit of romance to the story. There’s a sexual tension between Cleve and Frankenstein that spills over in the issue. There’s enough laid out there that it all makes sense. These are two attractive individuals who are really attracted to each other over what they see as their brilliance. Though, in Cleve’s case it also feels like there might be some attraction in the danger of it all.

Emma Vieceli brings a bit of sexiness to The Modern Frankenstein #2. There’s a tension throughout the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein do their dance. There’s also a subtle amount of horror in what they’re all doing. The issue does a fantastic job of balancing it all to create an issue that delivers a bit of everything. Pippa Bowland‘s colors delivers a pop to the issue with some really interesting choices at key moments to highlight something. Simon Bowland‘s lettering does a solid job of keeping the dialogue flowing while also getting out of the way of the art. This isn’t a series that has a ton of dialogue but when it does there’s a solid balance of the lettering and the art.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 gives us an escalation of things in many ways. There’s a dance about the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein orbit each other in numerous ways. It’s a solid new take on the classic story that adds a sexiness and danger about it all while keeping the horror always present.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Emma Vieceli
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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