Challenge 2: Day 171: Rick And Morty Presents Krombopulos Michael (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Rick And Morty Presents Krombopulos Michael (2018)
CJ Cannon and Nick Filardi – Artists
Daniel Mallory Ortberg–Writer
June 20, 2018
Oni Press

krombEarlier in the year, we found out some amazing news especially if you are a fan of the Adult Swim series Rick And Morty. The great news is that they ordered 70 plus more episodes which means we have a lot of Rick And Morty to come in our future. Back in March of this year, Oni Press started releasing some one shot specials with the first one being The Vindicators besides the Rick And Morty comic that comes out already. Since, it is NCBD (New Comic Book Day), I figured that I would share with you guys the latest one shot to come from the world of Rick and Morty in Rick And Morty Presents Krombopulos Michael which was written by Daniel Mallory Ortberg and illustrated by CJ Cannon (Rick And Morty) and Nick Filardi (Batman Beyond 2.0). The story follows everyone’s favorite Gromflomite assassin who loves to kill people and I mean he LOVES to kill people. The comic is kind of an origin story, it follows Michael from the current time all the way back to when he first started killing after his meeting with Rick Sanchez. For more info on the comic and what every else Oni Press related just click here.

Pages-from-RICKMORTY-PRESENTS-KROMBOPULOS-1-4From his first appearance on the episode Mortynight Run, I was a fan of this assassin because he’s just absurd in how much he loves to kill. It’s just a little funny that on his planet, no one gives a crap that he just loves to kill people, but then again how many others are out there just like him? I am definitely enjoying what they are doing over at Oni Press with these one shots because you either get to see an adventure with them or you get to learn their origins. I am definitely excited at the next one that’s coming, but I am hoping for a Mr. Meeseeks one. I loved the artwork in the comic because it felt like I was reading an episode of the show. When you do comic books based off of my favorite shows, I am a complete stickler for how the artwork is going to look and these two did a great job. I loved the issue and what the story was about because it was comical and the artwork was great. What more could you ask for? Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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Challenge 2: Day 170: Robocop Citizens Arrest #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: RoboCop Citizens Arrest #2 (2018)
Jorge Coelho– Artist
Brian Wood–Writer
May 9, 2018
Boom! Studios

robocopMore than two months, we began to go on a journey back to New Detroit where things are not going very good for the citizens there. The crime rate is skyrocketing and OCP was sold to a private company and not to mention that RoboCop is no where to be found because he has been decommissioned. Now the company has rolled out a new  RoboCop program that is a download on your smart phone. The catch is that if you see a crime or you suspect something, you turn the person in with the app and if you’re right you get rewarded. That is the world they live in and it’s not the world that Officer Leo Reza wants to be in and he gets lucky when he discovers Alex Murphy, but the problem is that he is decommissioned and can not attack anyone. In Robocop Citizens’s Arrest #2, we find out the man running OCP has his eyes set on the ruins, but there is a lot of civil unrest there and the protests are getting bad. The only thing that he doesn’t realize is that things are about to get a lot worse because now he knows Alex Murphy is back. The issue was once again written by Brian Wood (Aliens: Defiance) and illustrated by Jorge Coelho (Rocket Raccoon).

robocop2Last week, I talked about what was Brian Wood going to bring to the table that was different than anything we have seen or read before? I definitely think he is doing a terrific job carving his own story that is enjoyable to read because there is some real good twist and turns. Plus, the comic really gets interesting when you get to the end of the issue as business certainly picks up. Last week, I also stated that I hoped that this wasn’t going to be a miniseries and come to find out that is exactly what it is as this is issue two of six. I am not disappointed at all at that fact, but instead I am going to enjoy what is ahead for us. I don’t know if it’s me, but I enjoyed the artwork a little more in the first issue than this one. There were some instances that I call lazy drawing with background characters that are not important and I get why they do it. The only thing is I love details especially with my artwork. Jorge Coelho still does a terrific job with the comic as he brings it to life and I look forward to future issues. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 169: 2000 AD #1982 (2016)

COMIC TITLE: 2000 AD #1982
Dan Abnett, Pat Mills, Rory McConville, and Michael Carroll- Writer
Mark Harrison, Simon Davis, INJ Culbard, Steve Austin, PJ Holden– Artist
May 21, 2016
Rebellion

2000 adI had kept hearing about a comic called 2000 AD and I figured I’d check out an issue and  chose issue #1982 (the year I was born) for today. The comic features writing from Dan Abnett, Pat Mills, Rory McConville, and Michael Carroll with illustrations from Mark Harrison, Simon Davis, INJ Culbard, Steve Austin, and PJ Holden. In the Lion’s Den Part V of Judge Dredd, we see that all of the cities are in utter chaos as someone out there is targeting all of the Judges. What measures need to be taken and what’s the bigger picture? In Sláine – The Brutania Chronicles Book Three – Psychopomp (Part 4), he is in the middle of a battle when things are revealed about his past, but soon he’ll have bigger issues to worry about. In Brink – (Part 5) things are not going so well as Cults are threatening the existence of society, but Brink meets a man who believes that life doesn’t end here on Earth. In Tharg’s Time Twisters – The Timeless Assassin, A hit that seems like destiny has been put on a gangster, but things do not go the way they are supposed to. In Grey Area – Endgame, things are not going very well and in fact they are bleak as the God-Star prepares to destroy the Grey Area where humans and aliens live together.

RCO023_1479789277Obviously going into this blind, I did not know the progress of the stories and where they were in the story line. Some I had a little trouble grasping the point or where they were coming from while others I was able to fall right into it. So, it might be good if I want to read on to do a little research with some of the stories because something might come up in future issues. I definitely love comic books like this one where it’s a bunch of stories in one because it gives you a chance to take a break from one to indulge in another. It also keeps you engaged in the story to only give you a tease which is smart on their part. For the most part, I loved the artwork to a lot of the stories and don’t worry only one is in black and white. That would be the Timeless Assassin story and it’s actually one of my favorite ones on here. It’s just amazing to see a comic book franchise that has an issue #1982 which means that’s a hell of a lot of stories. Check them out for yourselves, you may find that you enjoy it too. Checly out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 168: A Walk Through Hell #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: A Walk Through Hell #1 (2018)
Garth Ennis- Writer
Goran Sudžuka– Artist
May 16, 2018
Aftershock Comics

hellI am always in search of new and interesting comics to read for this challenge, it’s what keeps me going. Luckily Aftershock Comics has provided that for me in the form of the new horror comic A Walk Through Hell #1 which was written by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and illustrated by Goran Sudžuka (Hellblazer). Sometimes for an FBI agent or even a cop, there are cases that are going to haunt you in life maybe because of the way it went down or maybe in your mind you didn’t do enough so it haunts you. That is definitely the case with FBI Agent Shaw who is pushing the big 4-0 and just wants to handles the easy cases, but don’t say that to her partner. FBI Agent McGregor is significantly younger than Shaw which means hes very passionate and gung-ho about his job as if he feels that he can save the whole world. The only problem is that the next case may get to them mentally. You see they approach a warehouse only to find out that the police had already gone inside, but they quickly exited. What did they see inside the warehouse that spooked them that much? Well that is what Agent Shaw and McGregor are about to find out.

a walk through hellI have to be honest that I didn’t know what direction this comic was going to go in at first till I realized that Agent Shaw was having a nightmare about a case. This is definitely that classic story of the older FBI agent who has seen some messed up stuff and therefore just wants to coast it for the rest of her career until she gets placed with the younger agent who is all about saving the world. t wants to shut him up, but she gets them into a situation that they definitely never thought would come and they can’t get out of. At least moving forward that is what I can guess is going to happen because it’s a classic scenario that has been done. I am not taking anything away from them because I want to see exactly where they take this story in the upcoming issues. The artwork is pretty good, there was nothing that stood out in this issue as far as any action shots that grabbed me, but I am sure that is what we can look forward to. I am definitely going to be checking out more issues of this because I want to see where it goes. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

Challenge 2: Day 167: Venom #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Venom #1 (LGY #166) (2018)
Donny Cates- Writer
Ryan Stegman– Artist
May 9, 2018
Marvel Comics

venom #1I know that we are so far away from the release of the brand new Venom film that stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Eddie Brock which officially comes out October 5TH. The thing is I couldn’t wait to check out the Venom series which for some odd reason gets a fresh start after Marvel decided to do the legacy thing with the issue numbers. So, while the comic may be titled Venom #1, it’s legacy number is 166 and it was written by Donny Cates (The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamn Thing) and illustrated by Ryan Stegman (Spider-Man: The Return Of Anti-Venom). Things have been a little rough for Eddie Brock, the man who carries the Venom symbiote. For some strange reason, the symbiote has been getting scared and has been acting erratically as of late. So, Eddie has been taking medication that drowns out the voices of the symbiote so that he can at least gain a grip on what exactly is going on. That is when the dreams start happening and a strange language being spoken that Eddie does not recognize. What does it all mean and who is this man named Rex that has just approached him for a mission to recover others that have been joined together with symbiotes?

venomI definitely like where this story is going for sure because it’s exploring the origins in a way of the symbiotes. We are not exploring the origin of Eddie Brock as Venom or anyone else, but haven’t you ever wondered where they came from exactly and is there a God of the Symbiotes? That is an idea that I don’t remember them exploring, but then again I could be wrong. I am definitely interested in seeing where this story arc goes and see what happens to Eddie Brock next. One of my favorite things about this comic or anything symbiote related is that Marvel has always done a great job finding someone suitable to draw them and make them look so bad ass. Ryan Stegman definitely does that and I am not surprised at all with all the experience he has with this subject. That image to the left of the paragraph is one of my favorite images from the issue and it’s something you’ll need to pay attention to moving forward with the storyline. I think it’s safe to say that I am huge fan of the artwork as well as what Donny Cates is bringing, but we’ll see with the future issues. Check out the comic and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 166: The Weeknd Presents Starboy #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: The Weeknd Presents Starboy #1 (2018)
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Christos Gage, and La Mar Taylor- Writer
Guru eFX and Eric Nguyen– Artist
June 13, 2018
Marvel Comics

The_Weeknd_Presents_Starboy_Vol_1_1I am usually not interested in everything that comes in a week because believe me I pass on a lot of comics and have for a while. Sometimes, there are comics that I will see that I say to myself that maybe I’ll buy just that issue just to see if I like it or not. That might actually be the case with today’s comic book and only because I am a huge fan of pop artist The Weeknd and his album Starboy which was a smash hit for him. Well along with Marvel, today’s comic is The Weeknd Presents Starboy #1 which was written by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Christos Gage (Amazing Spider-Man), and La Mar Taylor while the comic was illustrated by Guru eFX (Annihilation: Conquest) and Eric Nguyen (Arrow). Alphatron use to be a great city, but unfortunately the city is going through a crime wave that is paralyzing. All because of a terrifying man named Jack “The Chef” Smiley. The Mayor of Alphatron along with a local scientist have come up with a solution to the problem by creating A.I. police robots, but not everyone is a fan of the idea and that could come to bite everyone, but they’ll get the hero they truly deserve.

WEEKNDSTARBOY2018001_int.inddI have to give this comic a lot of credit cause it’s actually pretty good. While I was not surprised to see The Weeknd’s name attached to the writing credits, he does a pretty good job with the story. The comic is very dark in nature because you’re dealing with a man who cuts up and eats his victims after his dogs are done with them. The imagery inside the comic is also very dark with images of cops torn apart and crucified as well as placing the idea in to the Weeknd’s head that his dad was eaten as well. So, It’s safe to say that the story is going to be a good one because we have so much to look forward to and it’s promising. The artwork is very good and one of the true highlights of the comic. They do a fantastic job matching the tone and mood of the comic along with the look. I was very impressed with the comic because I was expecting it to be your typical comic book where everyone thinks they can make an interesting one, but they did. I am definitely glad that I picked this one up for sure. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Challenge 2: Day 165: Cloak and Dagger #1 (1983)

COMIC TITLE: Cloak and Dagger #1 (1983)
Bill Mantlo Writer
Rick Leonardi– Artist
October 1983
Marvel Comics

cloak and dagger.jpgIn the upcoming weeks for Throwback Thursdays here on the challenge, we are going to get you ready for the theatrical release of the new Ant-Man and The Wasp film that comes out July 6TH everywhere. For right now though, I wanted to use this Throwback Thursday to check out a comic book series from Marvel that has now become a TV show on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). The title I am talking about of course is Cloak & Dagger which stars Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It) as Dagger and Aubrey Joseph (Run All Night) as Cloak. The series first episode aired last Thursday so I figured we’d check out a classic issue. The issue we chose for you guys is from the 1983 four issue miniseries Cloak And Dagger #1 which was written by Bill Mantlo (The Incredible Hulk) and illustrated by Rick Leonardi (Giant Size X-Men). Hell’s Kitchen is overpopulated by drug users, criminals, Pimps, and prostitutes and that upsets Father Francis. He wants to help them, but he knows there’s not much he can do. That is where Cloak and Dagger come in as they try to eradicate the city of the criminals, but the cops are not having it and neither is the father.

cloak and dagger 2This is definitely an interesting comic book to say the least and I like it because it’s a little dark in nature. They’re not dealing with issues that are suitable really for kids, but it could be used a reason to show kids why not to use. As stated in the comic, they are duo that is driven by revenge which in turn makes them vigilantes in the eyes of the law. The comic explores that struggle that they feel when they are finally confronted with the idea that what they are doing might not be right. I guess we see that in every superhero comic and film where one thinks he is doing something good for the world, but those in charge think otherwise. One thing is for certain and that is Cloak’s cloak is bad ass as he can swallow people up with it and send them to? Well, I am not exactly sure where he sends them, but I wouldn’t get caught up in it. One of the other elements of the comic I enjoyed was the artwork which has that classic look, but a little edgier which made it enjoyable to read. Check out the show which is on Freeform now and check out the new Cloak and Dagger comic out now as well. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A-

Entertainment Value: A-