August 27, 2015

A Review: ZODIAC STARFORCE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Kevin Panetta writes, with Paulina Ganucheau on art and lettering and Savanna Ganucheau assisting with colors.

It’s been two years since the Zodiac Starforce killed an evil goddess and saved the world. But now Emma runs into a monster in the school library and kills it (with a bit of help from Kim). The two of them meet up with Molly and Savanna at a party (rounding out the team) and in the course of the evening Emma faints. When the girls consult Astra (their own good goddess), they learn that the library monster did something to her.

This book is a really cool take on the magical girl style of anime. It’s got plenty of the usual teenage drama, but the girls are also smart and funny (not to mention fiercely loyal to each other). The pacing of the story is perfect, and the art is splashy and colorful with amazing expression.

I really got a kick of how well this issue sets up the team as veterans of the world-saving thing, then brings them back to being scared kids (I’m flirting pretty hard with spoilers here, but it’s great storytelling). You’ll definitely want to pick up this all-ages book.
                                                                                           
ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

August 26, 2015

A Review: DRIVE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of DRIVE #1 from IDW Publishing. Michael Benedetto writes, Antonio Fuso and Emilio Lecce draw, and Jason Lewis colors.

He drives. It’s what he does, it’s who he is. He takes it very seriously; if he’s going to do it, he’s going to do it well. But stunt driving in the movies doesn’t really pay much, so he takes side jobs that are sometimes, um, legally questionable. The current job is to drive for a small group who are knocking off a pawn shop that does most of its business through the back door. But the take from this job is way more than anyone bargained for.

This series is adapted from the popular James Sallis novel (which was also a movie, by the way). Driver is not the most charismatic fellow, but he has his moments of humanity in this story. And it takes a classic crime situation and adds some interesting twists. This first issue is well constructed, too, with good characterization and a great cliffhanger. And the art has some great action moments, and focuses on the cars as strongly as you’d expect Driver himself to do.

So maybe Los Angeles is not all glitz and glam. Bad things happen there, too. This is that kind of story, and it’s a really good one.
                                                                                           
DRIVE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at idwpublishing.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )