Sunday, May 19, 2019

Frontline Reviews For The Week Of May 15, 2019 - I Was A Teenage...

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 Jay giving reviews for books from Archie ComicsBOOM! StudiosDC Comics, IDW Publishing, and Marvel ComicsCheck 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: Kelly Thompson
Art By: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish
Letters By: Jack Morelli
Cover By: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers By: Paulina Ganucheau, Victor Ibanez
Price: $3.99 

Sabrina has to save her new friends before the Krakken is unleashed. Thompson does a great job bringing the supernatural to an everyday teenager's world. This issue gives a nice dose of all aspects of Sabrina's life with her Aunts and Salem at home, her friends and love interest at school, and the supernatural all around. Veronica and Andy Fish do a nice job balancing things with the art giving us the darkness we need at just the right moments, and keeping it within reason to the lighter moments.  This issue continues to balance the light-heartedness of the original sitcom with the darker tones of the new Netflix series. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By:  Ryan Parrott
Art By: Eleonora Carlini
Ink Assistance By: Simona Di Gianfelice
Colors By: Raúl Angulo
Letters By: Ed Dukeshire
Main Cover By: Marcus To
Intermix Cover By: Miguel Mercado
Preorder Cover By: Audrey Mok
Homage Incentive By: Gleb Melnikov
Retail Price: $3.99

Goldar attacks the teens at the Juice Bar to aid Rita in her search for a Green Ranger candidate and Alpha-1 decides he can end it all. WOW! Parrott continues to knock it out of the ballpark with this book. His use of and importance of the flashbacks are showcased here giving us a nice touching backstory to Ernie, a character with near zero development in the series and the first meeting of Jason and Zack. But this issue also has a ton of action for those who like Power Rangers for that side of it. I hope all of this build up leads to Matt becoming the Green Ranger in the conclusion of this story (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers: Rangers Forever #1), I mean come on he deserves to join the team and he is wearing a green shirt! Carlini does a great job with the emotions here, the scene where Kim as the Pink Ranger interacts with Matt is a prime example showing the emotion in Kim's eyes through the visor makes that scene hit the perfect mark. Emotion is all she does right here, she fills the page with so much action that it rivals any episode of the series. Overall if you are a Ranger fan you need to be reading this and if you thought this was just about the downtime with no Ranger action, think again! No matter what draws you to Power Rangers, this issue has you covered! ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict 5 Power Bolts

"The Unity Saga: The House Of El Part 5"
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis 
Inks By: Joe Prado & Oclair Albert
Colors By: Alex Sinclair
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, & Alex Sinclair
Variant Covers By: Adam Hughes
Price: $3.99

Superman and Superboy must take on attacks from all fronts thanks to Jor-El just as Rogol Zaar and Zod escape the Phantom Zone. I have been enjoying, for the most part, Bendis' run on Superman, but this issue shows the flaws with it. Everything is just a bit too much, We have three armies attacking them because of Jor-El but no idea what happened to cause it, then Superman fixes it with a few words to each party, then Zod and Zaar attack. I just felt like I was having a lot thrown at me without any real context. With that said though, I did still enjoy the non-stop action where I felt Superman was really being challenged, just a bit more context is needed. I am so happy that just Reis provided the art here, it made the book seem more cohesive than if the art chores had been split up between two or three artists as it has been. Reis' art really gets to shine here and I love it. Overall while not the best issue of the run, it does deliver the action.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 Stars

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis & David Walker
Art By: Jamal Campbell
Letters By: Wes Abbott
Cover By: Jamal Campbell
Price: $3.99

Naomi finds out the truth about where she comes from and learns with great powers comes great villains. Settle down before you read this issue because it is a bit of an info dump. The info dump felt like 2-3 issues worth of content piled into one issue to get us ready for the "Season One Finale" in the next issue. Bendis and Walker did a great job adapting the Superman origin for Naomi putting enough twists to it to make it her own. The MVP here though is Campbell whose art just screams cinematic quality, drawing you into the story. Campbell is at the top of his game here, I hope he returns for Season two because I can not imagine anyone else drawing this book. Overall it is very text heavy but provides a beautiful backdrop for the info dumps.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 Stars

Written By: Erik Burnham
Art By: Christopher Jones
Colors By: Zac Atkinson
Letters By: Shawn Lee
Cover By: Christopher Jones & Zac Atkinson
Variant Cover By: Nick Roche & Josh Burcham
Price: $3.99

When The Looter attacks the school Spider-Man must leap into action putting him on Jameson's list. I was worried to see that someone else was writing this issue, but Burnham does a great job carrying on the same feel and tone that Dawson had in the last arc. He does a great job introducing characters like Jameson, giving us a reason why he hates Spider-Man and setting up the Kravens for a new kind of Hunt. But what he does the best for me is the character moments with Peter, Miles, and Gwen and seeing that friendship and team take shape. Jones killed it on the art! I loved his Young Justice book and he brings that same fun and youthful energy here which really make these characters feel like teens. This may be an all-ages book, which usually means it is for kids, but both the writing and art does a great job appealing to older fans as well. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

"Part One: A Few Giant Men" 
Written By: Leah Willaims 
Art By: Marco Castiello 
Colors By: Rachelle Rosenberg 
Letters By: VC's Joe Sabino 
Cover By: Woo Cheol 
Variant Cover By: Dale Keown & Jason Keith; Bob Powell 
Price: $3.99

Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Atlas are assembled by the All-Mother Freya to execute Laufey the King of The Frost Giants for killing her son Loki. This was a good first issue it set-up the story and gave a reason why this team of heroes was assembled, but I don't agree that this team (or most of them) would do the task set before them. I felt the raw emotions from Freya when she gave Scott the mission to kill Laufy but I just didn't buy his commitment to carrying out that mission, and I also don't believe that Raz would do it either. I even have some reservations about Tom and Erik doing ti which kind of takes me out of the endgame of it all. But what I do buy 10% is the chemistry between them all, this is a nice mix of people whose experiences and perspective make for one hell of a grouping that I would like to see more of. Castiello does a nice job playing off the different characters and keeping them distinct from each other. Overall this was a good set up but has me concerned for how it will play out overall.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 Stars

Written By: Sean Ryan 
Art By: Nico Leon 
Colors By: Carlos Lopez 
Letters By: VC's Joe Caramagna 
Cover By: Ken Lashley And Brian Reber 
Variant Cover By: Cully Hammer And Morry Hollowell
Price: $3.99

Thor has Spider-Man lead a team of warriors from the different realms to take on the angels of Heven. The premise of this issue is stronger than the execution of it. We don't get to really know the team here, each member could be anyone from their realm and I would care as little for them as do for the ones gathered here. Spider-Man, of course, is the only one who can get the leader of the Angels to broker a deal then why send along the rest who all just want to fight? The one saving grace was the end where we see there is something else brewing. Lopez does a good job with the art and shines the brightest with his facial expressions. Overall this is very skippable and shows that we do not need all of these tie-ins.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 3 Stars

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