Challenge 2: Day 17: Ice Cream Man #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Ice Cream Man #1 (2018)
Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran– Artists
W. Maxwell Prince– Writer
January 17, 2018
Image Comics

IceCreamMan_01-1I am excited for a couple of reasons with the obvious first one being that today is Comic Book Day (the day all comics are released) and the other reason being that I am excited for today’s issue. After surfing Comiclist.com, I stumbled upon a comic book from Iamge Comics entitled Ice Cream Man and at first I didn’t know what to think, but I read the description anyways. The thing that got me excited for it was the fact that it looked like this was going to be a series much like Tales From The Crypt. So, I had to buy it and here it is issue #1. There is something mysterious happening in this small town that has the police officers baffled. For one Ms. Chester is claiming that her cats body was sucked right off the bones by a thingamacritter. The other case that is baffling them is that a couple has gone missing and their employers are concerned, but a mysterious Brazilian wandering spider and an ice cream man may have something to do with most of this. To find out for yourself and to read up on anything else Image Comics related, just click here.

04_icecreamman1This is definitely an interesting comic book to say the least, but I like how it’s structured. I am trying to figure out though how each issue is a one shot because it seems that they leaves this one open for another issue unless they move on to tell a different story. I like how in the comic there are boxes that are not dialogue, but it’s the narrator who is setting up the story for you. He is going to guide you in so that you understand what is happening and the significance of the subject matter. It definitely gives that Tales From The Crypt feel that I am desiring, but it’s not quite there. I am definitely going to be checking out more issues I need to see how it unfolds. I am actually a fan of the artwork in this comic because it has that Crypt look to it. It has that Creepshow feel to it (if you know what I am talking about) which in my book gives it bonus points for that. It’s a horror comic book that also bends into some other genres, bu what exactly is your favorite flavor? Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

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Challenge 2: Day 16: John Wick #1 (2017)

COMIC TITLE: John Wick #1 (2017)
Giovanni Valletta– Artist
Greg Pak– Writer
November 29, 2017
Dynamite Entertainment

john wick 1I am usually not one to jump to a new comic book series due to it being based on a big time film unless I am a fan of it. The film John Wick was one that came out of nowhere and sort of gave a boost to the career of Keanu Reeves. After two films, we all wondered where they would go with it after that? I never expected a comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment, but nonetheless it is here. So, I present to all of you the very first issue of John Wick that was written by Greg Oak (Planet Hulk) and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta (Dark Horse Presents). In the first issue, we see that John Wick is out and about in the world and he is looking for someone. After an encounter with someone at a diner in El Paso, Texas plans will seem to change for the young assassin. To learn more about the issue including future releases in the series, and anything else that is Dynamite Entertainment related, you can do so by clicking here.

JohnWick001Int3I often wondered while reading this comic the question of how good would it be and where are they taking it? I say that because where would they go story wise and the only logical point would be to explain his origin story. John Wick was an amazing story to begin with, but no one knew anything about his origins of how he hooked up with those people, etc. The only issue that I had with this comic is that you don’t really get that it’s an origin story until you see that he meets Charon for the first time and that there are rules for him to follow. I thought at first that maybe he was on the run and that he was just trying to keep things quiet. I don’t think that this is a horrible comic book, I think it’s a decent one that has some action in it, but they could have given us some key details first. The artwork is pretty decent as they try to match the mood of the films and I like it. I will probably return to this series at some point in the near future, but I am not sure that it’s right now. Check it out for yourself, but most importantly check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: B

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: B+

 

Challenge 2: Day 15: Usagi Yojimbo (2016)

COMIC TITLE: Usagi Yojimbo #154 (2016)
Stan Sakai– Artist
Stan Sakai– Writer
May 18, 2016
Dark Horse Comics

usagiThe comic book that I chose for today’s issue is kind of special to me in a numerous amounts of ways. I chose Usagi Yojimbo #154 to read and review for all of you from Artist/writer Stan Sakai and brought to us by Dark Horse Comics. The reasons I chose this and love this character is because one it was introduced to me courtesy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the second reason being my love for Samurais and ninjas with a Yojimbo meaning bodyguard in Japanese. I also chose it because Stan Sakai is a throwback to the times when people wrote and did the art for their own books like Jack Kirby. In this issue, Usagi is trying to navigate his way in a storm when he discovers a ninja that is hurt and sick so he decides to nurse her back to health. He does that successfully and goes on his way. Months later, he accepts a job as a protector for a merchant who is going to meet with someone who could possibly strike a deal that could change the landscape, but who is he protecting the merchant from and will his generosity come back to bite him in this one part story entitled Kazehime Part 1. To read more about the issue, click here.

usagyujn154p6If you are into fancy drawings with watercolors like some issues out there in this world then this may not be the comic book for you. The drawings are very simplistic and drawn in a Japanese style while also being only in black and white too (just look to the picture to the left). While the artwork may not wow most of you, I can definitely appreciate it’s simplicity because the story is kind of amazing. I have always felt that every issue that I have ever read of Usagi Yojimbo, there is some kind of life lesson that is to be learned through his trials and tribulations. While I was searching for what the life lesson in this one was, I definitely found the story to be a little predictable. That might actually be the beauty of it, but I guarantee you are not going to see the ending coming either. Do not expect a Ninja Turtles style story to come out of this either because this is a serious dude who takes life very seriously. This is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for something else in your life. Check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 14: Batman Beyond VOL. 2: Rise Of The Demon (2017)

COMIC TITLE: Batman Beyond Vol.2: Rise Of The Demon (2017)
Benard Chang– Artist
Dan Jurgens– Writer
January 10, 2018
DC Comics

BM_BEY_v2-rise_demon_59b81577e48af8.13026432In the last challenge that I didn’t successfully complete, one of my favorite comic books that I was checking out then was the Batman Beyond Rebirth series from DC Comics. So, when I saw that Batman Beyond Vol. 2: Rise Of The Demon was on sale, I found it the perfect opportunity to catch up. Before this volume, we saw that Terminal had been keeping Bruce Wayne alive to try and steal his money until Terry showed up and foiled it, but there is one problem and that is the Joker is alive and he’s runaway. With Bruce getting back on his feet, he wants to know what is going on and when he finds out that Terry and co. found the backup suit he becomes immediately concerned. Meanwhile, Gotham gets a visit from an old friend from the League Of Shadows in Curare who sends young Terry on a journey to fight an old friend of Bruce’s in Ra’s Al Ghul, but how can it be him? It’s a battle that just might make Bruce come out of retirement. To read more about this amazing volume that collects issues #6 through 12, just click here.

rise of the demonThere are things that happen in this volume that I wish I could just tell all of you out there about it, but that would just be me spoiling the comics. All I can say is that if you have ever wondered about certain characters from Bruce’s life, those questions will be answered in this specific volume. It’s almost a coming of age story for Bruce or maybe a realization of where his priorities should have been besides all of the bad ass action that happens over six issues. There is plenty of it and all of the fight scenes are cool and filled with moments of brilliance. I like the angle in which they use Bruce for this comic and how he has a struggle that he is dealing with and not to mention the suit that Terry is wearing adds another dimension to it. I love the artwork in this series and that is why I keep coming back to it because it’s just like the TV series. The panels are easy to read and follow along with so you shouldn’t have much of an issue with it. Check out this amazing comic book series and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 13: Rocko’s Modern Life #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Rocko’s Modern Life #2 (2018)
Ian McGinty– Artist
Ryan Ferrier and David DeGrand– Writers
January 10, 2018
Boom! Studios

NOV171365Much like yesterday’s comic book, I was super excited for the release of the second issue of Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life and I have it here for you guys today. Before we do that though, we have to look back at what happened in the last issue. We saw in the first issue that Rocko’s was laid off from his job and money was wearing thin. So, after seeing an ad in a newspaper for someone looking for roommate, Rocko thought that it would be a great idea until his new roommate Chalmers showed up. Chalmers kept poor Rocko all up all night with his partying and wild times that he couldn’t keep a job until someone showed up. That person revealed in the next issue to be Peaches or the devil who has Rocko sell his own soul for a job. After realizing  what kind of crappy deal he made, he will try whatever it takes to get himself out of the deal which means getting fired. To read more about the issue and the secondary story as well, please click here to go to Boom! Studios.

RockosModernLife_002_PRESS_3I have to be honest in saying that at times Rocko’s friends can be pretty useless or at least Heffer can be. The only one that actually became useful is Filburt who lets be honest is afraid of his own shadow. I loved where they went with this story as they tied up some loose ends and they definitely left it open for us for more adventures in what I hope will be more issues. I’ve said it plenty of times that this was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. Ryan Ferrier does an amazing job capturing the essence of what the show was while making it his own for the comic. The artwork once again is absolutely amazing and I have to commend Ian McGinty for a job well done. A lot of the people that will be collecting this were fans of the show before and you can’t mess with the look of it, but he does a great job so don’t worry. The secondary story that is included is like a comic strip story that sees Rocko and Heffer go to a convention and is actually a little funny. Check out the comic and check out my grades.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 12: Judas #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Judas #2 (2018)
Jakub Rebelka– Artist
Jeff Loveness– Writer
January 10, 2018
Boom! Studios

NOV171334I never thought that I would be saying this, but I was excited to get my hands on the next issue of Judas because I wanted to see where it went. In the last issue of Judas, we get introduced to everything that he is going through which is frustration because he kept saying why him? Why was he never given a chance to be anyone else other than the betrayer of the son of God? As he journeys through what we assume is the depths of hell, he is approached by a strange figure. In Judas #2, he reveals himself as the devil himself, the fallen angel Lucifer. The Devil will spend the whole issue trying to convince Judas that God is a lie and that God betrayed him because every story needs a villain and unfortunately it had to be him. Will Judas fight off the Devil’s game or will he believe the words of the former angel gone bad? You’ll just have to read to find out for yourself because I am not going to spoil it for you. To read the issue and for more information, visit Boom! Studios site here.

Judas_002_PRESS_5As I said above, I am so hooked into this comic book that it’s not even funny. The story is however playing itself out exactly the way that I thought it would. Why wouldn’t the devil visit the man who sold the son of God for money, but the real question is what does he want with him? There has to be a reason that he has decided to vest his time into this man because why not Goliath? Why not Lot’s Wife who disobeyed God’s orders by turning around and watching his destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah for which she in turn was turned into a pillar of salt? I don’t want to get too deep into a religious conversation, but this is getting good. The ending of this comic is where it’s at because it leaves us at a huge cliffhanger and now I need to read issue three. The artwork is much of the same where I like the style of the comic as you can see from the pic to the left. It has a horroresque style to it and I love that the most about it. Check it out for yourself even if you are not a fan of religious content because it’s all stories after all right? Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A-

Entertainment Value: A-

Challenge 2: Day 11: Thor #401(1989)

COMIC TITLE: Thor #401 (1989)
Rick Yanizeski– Artist
Randall Frenz– Writer
January 11, 1989
Marvel Comics

Thor 401 CoverAs always every single Thursday of the year we are going to try and go old school considering that it is Throwback Thursday after all. We have a special issue for all you out there and I chose this because one of my favorite Marvel films of 2017 was Thor: Ragnarok. Now, Loki always seems to be the center of anything that is going on when it has to do with the Odinson himself Thor. I wanted to choose a story that focused on that relationship the two have so I chose The Mighty Thor #401 which was written by Randall Frenz and drawn by Rick Yanizeski and released on January 11, 1989 (which is exactly 29 years ago). Thor is hanging out with his buds Balder, Hogun, and Volstagg when Loki interrupts them. With Thor being very cocky and arrogant towards Loki, they make a bet. Thor is to go to Earth and join up with a crew to discover the new world. He is to battle with them without using any of his God like powers or he will banished to Midgard forever. Thor takes the bet, but unbeknownst to him, Loki has some evil plans of his own to make sure that Thor never makes it back.

IMG_0815I really liked this comic book for a couple of reasons with one being that I loved all of the action that went into this as soon as Thor comes to Norway. You’re wondering the whole time will Thor turn to his bag to regain his God like powers or will he stay true to the wager? The obstacles keep getting worse and worse the further you go, but the main thing is that Thor gets an appreciation of mortals in this journey which is the important lesson to be learned in all of it. The other thing I enjoyed about the writing was the fact that the writer stayed true to what, when, and where Thor is from with the language spoken in the comic. I’m a stickler for minor details like that and they got it right in this issue. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I enjoy Loki’s look better in the MCU version of him or what, but I was not a big fan of what he looked like in the comic. I did enjoy the old school looking panels and drawings, but I couldn’t dig the look for Loki. Believe me if that is my only complaint then we are in good hands with this comic book.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+