Saturday, January 12, 2019

Frontline Reviews For The Week Of January 09, 2019 - Today Is The Day!

Join us on the Frontlines with our weekly review roundup. This is where we have assembled to give our thoughts on various issues that are released each week. This week we have BrantJay, & Louis giving reviews for books from BOOM! Studios DC ComicsImage ComicsMarvel Comics, Titan Comics, and Zenescope Entertainment! Check out the reviews below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter. Welcome to the FRONTLINE  REVIEWS, hope you enjoy the experience!

Written By:  Ryan Parrott
Art By: Eleonora Carlini
Colors By: Raúl Angulo
Letters By: Ed Dukeshire
Main Cover By: Dan Mora
Intermix Cover By: Miguel Mercado
Preorder Cover By: Audrey Mok
Homage Incentive By: Gleb Melnikov
Retail Price: $3.99

Rita has retrieved the Green Power Coin but can the Rangers thwart her plan? Ryan Parrott continues knocking it out of the park with Go Go Power Rangers, but I need to know more about Loriyan! The flashbacks could each warrant a mini-series of their own and Loriyan is definitely one that needs one. But this issue is more than Loriyan, the way the powers affect the Rangers personality is really interesting and makes you wonder how much influence does the powers have on them? The interpersonal relationships make this book that much more engaging with scenes like the Trini and Jason and Kimberly and Bulk scenes really make them multi-layered. The art here is incredible, Carlini does so well with the action while also handling the small details of the facial expression that really makes it all the more engaging.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¾ Power Bolts

"Tomorrow Sometimes Never Dies" 
Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils By: Scott Godlewski
Colors By: Protobunker
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Cover By: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

Jon & Damian must find a way off the planet Joker Jr. stranded them on, but first, they have to survive the night. I sincerely hope that by the time this maxi-series is over DC is ok with starting a new Super Sons series or something, because I don't want to not have this title on my pull list. This issue has it all in it, friendship, action, drama, and of course laughs. I wasn't sure about having a new artist on the book but Godlewski really does a great job bringing the same feel for this book as if there was no change.   ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mitch Gerads
Colors By: Mitch Gerads
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Mitch Gerads
Variant Cover By: Frank Miller & Alex Sinclair
Price: $3.99

On the first few pages this looks like a standard Batman villain death trap but as the story progresses it evolves into something else. Batman starts off trapped by Professor Pyg but it seems like he’s trapped in his own mind. This becomes clear when Batman starts to question how he got captured and why he can’t hear Pyg’s voice. During this issue, almost all of the dialogue is from Batman’s caption boxes. Normally this hinders a story’s speed but Tom King’s writing provides a nice easy flow which keeps the story moving. Also, this issue feels very similar to King’s recent Mister Miracle series. Plus during this story, Batman references training from the original Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown. Artwork-wise, this issue is spectacular. Mitch Gerads uses a lot of red in the background which emphasizes Pyg’s sadistic nature. Also, I enjoyed how Gerads drew the Batarangs like the ones used by Ben Affleck in the DCEU. This was a fantastic issue but since it’s part of a bigger puzzle it may go over some readers’ heads. ~ Louis @SpiderMan1991
Verdict: 4 Stars

"Seven Crises"
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Patrick Gleason
Colors By: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters By: DC Lettering
Cover By: Patrick Gleason & Alejandro Sanchez
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price $4.99

Gemworld invades Metropolis, but with Superman not around it is up to the young heroes to assemble and find out what is going on. Brian Michael Bendis has managed to bring back the classic feel and fun of the original Young Justice. This is both a positive and a bit negative. Now while I am a little disappointed about the de-aging of Bart, and Conner, but I think with the title of this story it will play into something larger. I felt the same fun and excitement with this books as I did with Peter David's original run. Todd Nauck's art defined the core four (Robin, Superboy, Impulse and Wonder Girl) of this team in the '90s and it is hard to imagine anyone capturing that same spirit on the page, but Gleason not only stepped up to bat but knocked it out of the park. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

ROSE #16
Written By: Meredith Finch
Art By: Ig Guara
Colors By: Triona Farrell
Letters By: Cardinal Rae
Cover By: Ig Guara & Triona Farrell
Variant Cover B By: Jon Lam
Variant Cover C By: Mike Krome
Price: $3.99

It is Simon Vs. Thorne for the life of Rose. But can Rose find the strength inside her to save them both? This issue sees everyone on the brink, everyone in peril, and had me on the edge of my seat cheering on Simon and Rose hoping she can break the hold on Thorne. The emotions here are pouring out from everywhere, from the story to the art. Ig Guara does an incredible job bringing the emotion to the story through Thorne and Rose tears, the love and the pain. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Kelly Thompson
Art By: Carmen Carnero
Colors By: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters By: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Covers By: Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, and Lauren Tsai
Price: $4.99

Carol Danvers is back on Earth, a full-time Avenger, rekindling an old flame and saving the world. This book had two-parts for me. The first part was the beginning which I was head over heels in love with, it was everything I ever wanted in a Captain Marvel book and then some. Every character felt true to who they are, the action was perfect, the comedy gold, and the character moments perfection. I love the witty banter between Carol and Tony, with Tony being just the right amount of douche. For the first time, I felt the Carol/Jessica friendship was genuine and true and I really felt the chemistry between Carol and Rhodey. But then Nuclear man arrived on the scene and opened his mouth and the facepalm was cued. I hated the sexist, misogynistic rhetoric spewing from his mouth and how forced it felt. This turn in the book really dropped the enjoyment for me. Carme Carnero delivers top-notch art on every page that leaves you wanting more. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 Stars

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Juann Cabal, Marcelo Ferreira (back-up)
Inks By: Roberto Poggi (back-up)
Colors By: Nolan Woodward, Jim Campbell (back-up)
Letters By: VC’s Travis Latham
Cover By: Andrew Robinson
Variant Covers By: Juann Cabal & Nolan Woodward; Joe Jusko
Price: $4.99

Tom Taylor followed Nick Spencer’s lead and boiled Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man down to basics in this new bi-weekly series. Instead of focusing on the universe-shaking events, crossovers, or even Spidey’s rogues, this book promises to focus on the “neighborhood” in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Meaning that we are getting to meet more of Pete’s neighbors and experience his immediate surroundings and how those people and locations affect his day-to-day life.

Taylor got Pete’s voice right here and shared with us an average day in the life of Peter Parker (which, as you can imagine, is anything but average). We meet a scared woman, a random thug that can take Spidey down, and end on a creepy cliffhanger, all taking place within Pete’s own apartment building!

Cabal’s art is equally charming in the simple yet fluid lines for the wallcrawler and his supporting cast. He has great attention to detail with random items in the apartment, and all of Boomerang’s gaming gear and (lack of) clothing as he poses in front of the regretful Peter. Classic comedy gold in writing and art here.

The back-up story, also written by Taylor with art by Marcelo Ferreira, added another whole layer to the story that has implications of a One More Day level bomb-drop in future issues potentially. It’s a cute story of Peter and MJ dining together on a rooftop framed by Aunt May writing Peter a letter before going off to some unknown appointment, that leaves Spidey and the readers worried by book’s end.

Overall, this was a fantastic start to the series that has me excited to delve deeper into the current surroundings of Peter and his cast. ~ Brant @BrantFowler
Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

X-23 #8
"X-Assassin Part 2"
Written By: Mariko Tamaki
Pencils By: Diego Olortegui
Inks By: Walden Wong
Colors By: Chris O'Halloran
Letters By: VC's Cory Petit
Cover By: Ashley Witter
Guardians Of The Galaxy Variant Cover By: Dale Keown & Jason Keith
Price: $3.99

Laura and Gabby are searching for answers about the X-Assassin but first, they have to get past the armed soldiers sent to stop them. Mariko Tamaki has been doing a great job on X-23 continuing where Tom Taylor left off with All-New Wolverine and forging her own path with the characters at the same time. Gabby proves to be the true star of the title and I am completely ok with that. Tamaki has somehow done the impossible, she has taken Gabby and make her even more enjoyable. Diego Olortegui has great line work and does a great job delivering both the action and the fun of a scene which is key when dealing with a character like Gabby. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Rachael Stott
Colors By: Enrica Eren Angiolini
Color Assistance By: Viviana Spinelli
Letters By: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Sarah Jacobs & John Roshell
Cover By: Babs Tarr
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $3.99

The Doctor and her companions help Perkins take on the alien known as the Hoarder. Jody Houser does a great job capturing the voices of the Doctor and her Companions in both literal and narratively speaking. I can almost hear their accents, but it is also true to the characters, Houser doesn't let her voice overwrite that of the characters. Houser captures the fun whimsical side of the Doctor along with her streak of adventure and curiosity. Rachael Stott completes the feel of this book, she has managed to capture their essence, while every panel doesn't look picture perfect, she does capture their likenesses especially when we deal with their more quirky moments and facial expressions. With the season being over Houser and Stott bring the perfect book to fill that void. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

"The War Of The Grail"
Written By: Joe Brusha
Art By: Deivis Goetten
Colors By: Jorge Cortes
Letters By: Taylor Esposito
Cover By: Caanan White & Ivan Nunes
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $5.99

The battle for the grail is on. Joe Brusha really makes this issue feel like a milestone not just for the title but for the universe. This issue feels like the culmination of the last two years of the entire Zenescope Universe and keeps me invested in the book and universe. I am a huge mythology fan and that is Zenescope's strength, the way they take familiar legends and mythologies and flip them on their head like Merlin and the Arthurian legend here has reinvigorated my love for the company.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

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