Friday, January 25, 2019

Frontline Reviews For The Week Of January 23, 2019 - Welcome Back For The First Time!

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 JayJustin, & Kat giving reviews for books from Archie ComicsBOOM! StudiosDC Comics, Wonder ComicsIDW Publishing, and Marvel  Comics! 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!

BLOSSOM 666 #1 
Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Laura Braga
Letters By: Jack Morelli
Colors By: Matt Herms
Main Cover By: Laura Braga
Variant Covers By: Joe Esma; Francesco Francavilla; Robert Hack; Vic Malhotra
Price: $3.99

One of the Blossom Twins is the Anti-Christ, both want the title. What will they do to claim it? I wasn't sure what to think when this title was announced but Bunn's mastery over the eerie has drawn me in. Riverdale has made the Blossom's very intriguing and Bunn continues that while adding more layers to them. We don't know from this issue what the twins are competing for, but Bunn's wicked weaving of events leaves us with the notion, nothing good is about to happen. Laura Braga does a great job bringing the gothic visuals of the Blossom brood to life with an air of mystique laying over it. This book has shades of Cruel Intentions that leaves me with every intent on seeing where this story goes. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Carly Usdin
Art By: Noah Hayes
Colors By: Rebecca Nalty
Letters By: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Hi-Fi Fight Club A.K.A. Heavy Vinyl was one of my favorite titles in the last few years. So I was very excited to see Carly Usdin working on another comic book title. The Avant-Guards is a solid start to a unique concept - a basketball team at a liberal arts college. As someone who went to a liberal arts college, this was super relatable to me. And trust me, seeing a sports club/team at a small liberal arts school is like seeing a three-headed monster at your doorstep. I’m looking forward to finding out how our athletic main character ended up at this school and to see what challenges will come her way. Noah Hayes blocky/cartoony artwork took me a bit to get used to as it was a very different style from Hi-Fi Fight Club. Overall, The Avant-Guards has a lot of potential and I look forward to seeing where the story takes us. ~ Kat @ComicUno 
Verdict: 4 Stars

Created By: Joss Whedon
Written By: Jordie Bellaire
Art By: Dan Mora
Colors By: Raúl Angulo
Letters By: Ed Dukeshire
Main Cover By: Matthew Taylor
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $

Into every generation, a Slayer is born; a chosen one. Buffy Summers alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the vampires, demons and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of evil and the swell of their number all while being a high school student. BOOM! Studios have once again reboot a beloved franchise for modern times and hit it out of the tomb! Jordie Bellaire captured every nuance of the original show along with every character quirk while never feeling like it was retreading or reinventing the show. To complete the feel BOOM! brought in the best person for the job, Dan Mora (Go Go Power Rangers) who captures the essence of each character to their actor while reinvigorating them with an energy and exuberance that brings the characters to life. This allows the voices of the actors to be heard while not limiting the experience but enhancing it. BOOM!, Bellaire, and Mora have rejuvenated the Buffy The Vampire Slayer franchise making it true to the classic for long-time fans like me, (who want to break out into a Snoopy Dance) while keeping it new reader-friendly for the fresh-blooded fans this series is bound to create. Welcome back to the Hellmouth for the first time indeed! ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 5 Stars

Don't just take my word for it check out these fellow Frontliners' reviews:

Brant's Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 Review
Kat's Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 Review

"Shazam And The Seven Magic Lands! Chapter 2"
Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Dale Eaglesham
Colors By: Mike Atiyeh
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Cover By: Dale Eaglesham & Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover By: Gary Frank & Brad Anderson
Price: $3.99

The Marvel Family go exploring while back home his foster parents realize they are all gone. Geoff Johns has brought the Marvel Family back for a whole new era, giving older fans the same magic we have come to expect while giving all new mythos to explore. I loved the inclusion of the "!" making more integral to the name SHAZAM! What this issue does best though is exploring the notions of family and we see this from the kids and parents perspective. The art by Dale Eaglesham just proves that even great things get better with age as Eaglesham's art was always great but here it just takes it to a new level. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis & David Walker
Art By: Jamal Campbell
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover By: Jamal Campbell
Variant Cover By: Emanuela Lupacchino
Price: $3.99

Superman shows up in Port Oswego, Oregon a sleepy little town where everyone knows everyone, and nothing ever happens. But every small town has its secrets. Ladies, and Gentlemen, Brian Michael Bendis has arrived at DC Comics! This is the Brian Michael Bendis who wrote Ultimate Spider-Man and create Miles Morales. I don't know if writing with David Walker brought his A game or if it is Walker himself, but this is what I have been waiting for since Bendis came to DC. Naomi is a book that grabs you from the first page and takes on a whirlwind adventure with mystery and leaves you with a cliffhanger and wanting more. The one downside is that there were a lot of supporting characters introduced but not much time to give us a real feel for all of them, but the ones I think are going to be major players I feel like I know. The art by Jamal Campbel is some of his finest to date each page tells a whole story, panels emphasize the art like beautiful framed art pieces and his colors just blow me away. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Don't just take my word for it check out these fellow Frontliners' reviews:

Kat's Naomi #1 Review

Written By: Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Art By: Carlos Nieto
Colors By: Fran Gamboa
Letters By: Neil Uyetake
Cover By: Tony Shasteen & JD Mettler
Variant Covers By: Various
Price: $3.99

 Mirror Data has come to bring back the Mirror Barclay back, by any means necessary. The Tiptons have done it again, every single issue in this mini-series made me fall back in love with the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-D all over again!. The issue could have had a few more pages though to give us more of the beautiful action scene Carlos Nieto gave us on the page. I can not wait to see where the Tipton's lead us to next, all I have to say is ENGAGE! ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate 
Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Donny Cates
Art By: Geoff Shaw
Colors By: Marte Gracia
Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover By: David Marquez & Dean White
Price: $3.99

 Thanos is dead. Long live Thanos! Donny Cates continues to prove his prowess as a writer. The Guardians are down to two members after the Infinity War and Thanos is left headless but even from beyond the grave his power strikes fear into some of the biggest powers in the Marvel Universe and Cates removes all security you thought you had, no one is safe. As good as the story is, I still have to note that this series is being relaunched yet again, and another roster change, but Cates does find a nice hook with this particular team. Geoff Shaw's art really sets the mood for this series along with Marte Carcia's colors. The team bring a lot of emotion and just the right touch of doom to the page. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate
Verdict: 4 stars

Don't just take my word for it check out these fellow Frontliners' reviews:

Kat's Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 Review

Written By: Jed MacKay
Pencils By: Paolo Villanelli
Colors By: Andres Mossa
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Kyle Hotz & Dan Brown
Variant Cover By: Declan Shalvey
Price: 3.99

Man Without Fear #4 is set in Matt Murdock’s hospital room with only Matt and Kingpin in this issue and it’s done perfectly.  The entire issue Kingpin believes Matt is asleep, so he freely speaks and recounts his first meeting with Daredevil.  A fight in the snow, a setup if there ever was one and Kingpin set it up.  Jed Mackay continues to do a great job on this series as it bridges the gap until the new Daredevil series begins.  The internal thoughts from Matt as he listens to Kingpin tells us exactly where Matt is in his recovery until he’s over listening to Kingpin gloat.  The last few panels set up the next issue and I can’t wait for it to hit the shelves.  Paolo Villanelli’s art, especially the flashback scenes with Daredevil vs Kingpin in the snow should not be missed. ~ Justin @ExileState
Verdict: 4 stars

Find out where these books and more fall in the Frontline Six's Top 5 on this week's Frontline LIVE Tuesday, January 29th at 10:00 PM ET!

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