March 27, 2015

Advance Review: ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #1 Dark Horse Comics. The story is written by Alex de Campi, with pencils by Fernando Ruiz, inks by Rich Koslowski, colors by Jason Millet and letters by John Workman.

Archie and the gang are trying to figure out what to do for Spring Break. Jughead (in his own unique way) solves the problem by winning a beach vacation contest. Things are fine until the best dressed contest is held. But that’s about to be the least of their concerns as what appears to be a falling star is FAR more dangerous than that…

Yeah, this shouldn’t work, but stranger things have happened. Alex de Campi completely captures the voices of the Riverdale gang, while building the suspense that’s a trademark of the Predator films. I can't wait to see Fernando Ruiz's version of the Predator. Also, there is a one page strip where Sabrina meets Hellboy. Very cute.

Archie Comics has made some bold moves in recent years, and as long as they are backed up with great storytelling I’m for it. From what I’ve seen so far, we have a winner here.

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR #1 is in stores April 15th, or available for ordering at www.darkhorse.com.

March 26, 2015

A Review: HIT: 1957 #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of HIT: 1957 #1 from BOOM! Studios. Bryce Carlson writes, Vanesa R. Del Rey draws and Niko Guardia colors.

Bonnie has a great life, but it might be just a little too good to last. Slater is an L.A. cop who needs to solve a big case to keep his superiors from questioning his methods. He’ll get his case, along with all of the baggage that comes with it (and his partner’s). And Bonnie’s past life is catching up with her, disturbing her peace and putting her in a bad situation.

The HIT team is back for another round of the dark, brooding underbelly of 1950s society. This issue is packed with raw emotion and brutal violence, and has the beginning of a story that will show us what both Bonnie and Slater are made of. And the art is just perfect for the noir style; it grasps the style of the time period and uses darkness to stunning effect.

This team really knows how to handle noir, both in the amazing visuals and in the characters and relationships. This book is a great example of how powerful the genre can be.

HIT: 1957 #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )