May 21, 2015

A Review: OH, KILLSTRIKE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of OH, KILLSTRIKE #1 from BOOM! Studios. Max Bemis writes, Logan Faerber draws and Juan Manuel Tumburus colors.

Jared is a new dad and a comic book fan. He’s come up with a plan to sell off a book he’s had for years, the most hated comic in recent history. When he visits his mom’s house to get the book out of storage, something odd happens – the comic’s main character, a beefy antihero named Killstrike, appears in the attic. Jared thinks he’s losing his mind, but Killstrike follows him home and asks for his help to get back to his own world.

This is certainly an interesting way to tell a story about facing one’s fears. Jared is a guy with plenty of them, too – fatherhood is scary and stressful, and that’s just the beginning. His claims that he can no longer stand the books he loved in the ‘90s also say a lot about the psychology of growing up in our society, but I’m afraid to read too much into that here. The art flirts with reality just a bit, pushing the boundaries with the contrast between Jared and Killstrike, in a really cool way.

There’s a lot in this book that a comic book fan might find intriguing (I certainly do), but the underlying story will appeal to any reader. It’s definitely a picker-upper.
                                                                                           
OH, KILLSTRIKE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

A Review: GROO: FRIENDS AND FOES #5

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of GROO: FRIENDS AND FOES #5 from Dark Horse Comics. The story is by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, with art by Aragones, colors by Michael Atiyeh and Caitlin McCarthy, and letters by Stan Sakai.  

A long-lasting war of words between Queen Grooella (Groo’s sister) and King Comino has escalated to a real war. Grooella sends her forces to attack where Comino’s forces train. However it was a deception, leaving Grooella’s kingdom (I mean Queendom) open for invasion. Realizing the situation, a risky plan was hatched, much to Grooella’s displeasure. What happens next, well…you have to see for yourself.

It has been such a treat to see Groo in action (and comedy) again. While each member of Groo’s “circle” is the focus of this series, his sharp blades and dull wit shine through every issue. Aragones and Evanier can put these stories out until the end of time and I will still read and enjoy them. These are fun, humorous tales that anyone of any age can enjoy. If you haven’t checked this series out, your missing something. But it’s not too late!

GROO: FRIENDS AND FOES #5 is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.darkhorse.com.