Writer: Jeffrey Morris, Fredrick Haugen Pencils & Inks: Christopher Jones Colors: Zac Atkinson
Cover: Dylan Hansen Letters: Cortland Bechtell, Jordain Cheng-Kinnander Editor: Jeffrey Morris, Kimberly Morris Publisher: FutureDude Digital Cover Date: September 2014 Print Cover Date: October 2014 Cover Price: $3.99
From the minds of Jeffrey Morris & Fredrick Haugen comes a story that traverses multiple parallel universes, yet tells a story that’s as intriguing as it is engaging. The story hops back and forth from parallel earths in a tale about The Ascendency and the rebellion that wants to take them down.
The Ascendency has been pillaging and enslaving worlds throughout the Multiverse for over 40 years and now they’ve set their sights on “Beta 76” aka our world.
Writer: Kel Symons Art & Colors: Mathew Reynolds Cover: Mathew Reynolds Letters: Pat Brosseau Editor: Sebastian Girner
Publisher: Image Comics Cover Date: February 2014 Cover Price: $2.99
Title: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
It’s 1938. Somewhere in the South Pacific, Jack and his band of mercenaries and expatriates are looking for treasure. With the war between Japan and China raging, It’s a rough time to be in those waters and of course things aren’t going so smoothly for the crew.
The Mercenary Sea #1 introduces us to the players in this high adventure in the South Seas. Mathew Reynolds sets up the mood perfectly in the opening pages with his out-of-focus backgrounds and the silhouetting of the characters against the lush jungle. The tension is palpable and you can almost hear the sounds coming from the animals that inhabit the location.
Story: Jai Nitz
Art & Lettering: Greg Smallwood
Cover: Alex Ross
Editor: Patrick Thorpe
Asst. Editor: Everett Patterson
Designer: Adam Grano
Production: Allyson Haller
Publisher: Dark Horse
Cover Date: May 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
“What would you do if you woke up in a strange room and didn’t know where you were, or what you’d done the night before to get there?”
So begins the first issue of a 5 part mini series by Jai Nitz & Greg Smallwood.
Things seem to be falling apart in John Lincoln’s life; being in between jobs and a recent burglary at his girlfriend’s place have left things unstable between them. Things only get stranger after he steals an Aboriginal mask from a museum.
Writer & co-creator: Mark Millar Pencils & co-creator: John Romita Jr. Inks & washes: Tom Palmer Colors: Dean White Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Editor: Jennifer Lee
Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Date: July 2013 Cover Price: $2.99
Kick-Ass 3 has arrived and brings to a close the saga of Dave Lizewski that Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr. began with the first series.
The story begins with Hit Girl being imprisoned but leaving Dave and his buddies the resources and detailed directions of how to spring her. All they need to do is go through with it. On top of that, Dave has to deal with all the headache of running a gang of superheroes who don’t always do what’s expected of them.
I can’t say I was terribly excited by this read but I have to say I may be the wrong age for it. I found it to have a very Saturday morning cartoons feeling, but with a little more violence. This may, in fact, be a perfect read for someone in the 10 – 14 age range. But even with that in mind, I feel that young people today may be exposed to more complex and interesting characters. By the end of issue 2 I was still waiting to see how these characters stood out as something a little different.
Writer: Ann Nocenti Artist: Alex Sanchez Colors: Matt Yackey Letters: Taylor Esposito Cover: David Finch Editors: Rickey Purdin, Rachel Gluckstern
Publisher: DC Comics Cover Date: April 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 US
Title: “Way Of The Outsider”
Review by Jason Olson
Katana. Ghostly eyes. A stoic demeanor. Strange whispers spoken to her sword. A lethal and quick-to-kill assassin who we have seen jump in and out of various story lines. I find her to be a terrifying and odd character and I have enjoyed her appearances in Birds of Prey under the helm of Gail Simone. The female reconfiguration of a Samurai warrior, mixed with the eerie attachment to her dead husband, whose spirit apparently occupies her sword, Soultaker, was always a fun juxtaposition with the busty and brassy sass of Starling and Black Canary. I won’t even bother with the Freudian nuances here when discussing her love of a sharp and long sword that is her most injurious weapon.
Writer: Mike Richardson
Artist: Stan Sakai
Cover Artist: Stan Sakai Editorial Consultant: Kazuo Koike Colors: Lovern Kindzierski Letters: Tom Orzechowski, Lois Buhalis Editor: Diana Schutz
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Cover Date: November 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Title: “The Tale of the Loyal Retainers – Book One”
I am always wary when it comes to westerners writing about Asia. Experience with superheroes visiting Asia has taught me to be cautious. The book, written by Mike Richardson and artwork by Stan Sakai, appears to be well researched, well written and beautifully illustrated.
I’m starting to think cloning isn’t such a great idea.
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Pencils: Too many to list here
Colorist: Just as many to list here
Cover Art: Yvel Guichet, Jonas Trinade and Java Tartaglia
Cover Date: Mar 2013
Cover Price: $4.99
I know it’s not “cool” to admit, even in the comic book community, but Superman is my favorite superhero. Yea. That’s right. You read that right. Better than Batman, Cap, Wolverine (or any of the X-Men for that matter), and even Spider-Man. Although, Spidey does run a pretty close second.