Soulfire Vol.2 #0
Story: JT Krul
Pencils: Marcus To
Inks: Saleem Crawford
Colors: Beth Sotelo
Letters: Josh Reed
Publisher: Aspen MLT
Its no secret I’m a huge fan of Aspen MLT. While “Fathom” is what brought me to the company, it has been “Soulfire” that has really become my favorite universe at Aspen. I’ve recently re-read the entire first volume of this series in order to get ready for this new volume. This issue is a perfect transition issue as well as being a great jumping on point for new readers.
Krul and To with Crawford, Sotelo, and Reed should really be happy with the work they’ve put into this issue. It reads great. It looks great. And that last page had me really excited for what’s to come with this book. I want the next issue to hurry up and get here!!
Last Resort #2
“Part Two: Red Tide”
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Lettering: Robbie Robbins
Publisher: IDW Publishing
If you picked up the last issue of this new series by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, the book ended with a really big explosion and made you wonder why were there was so much time introducing you to all of those characters. I really liked the first issue, but that ending had me scratching my head. Well, this issue clears all of that up (like I knew it would) and moves the story along at a steady pace.
I think I flipped through this issue three or four times before I actually read it because I was just soaking up Giancarlo Caracuzzo’s art. I don’t know for sure if this is a miniseries or an ongoing series, but either way I hope there is a nice oversized hardcover for it because I’d love to see these pages a bit larger to really dive into them.
Palmiotti and Gray continue to write some of the best comics on the shelves. If you’re NOT reading at least ONE series by these guys get out to a comic shop RIGHT NOW and buy one of their books. You’ll love them!
Sweet Tooth #1
“Out of the Deep Woods” – Part One
Story & Art: Jeff Lemire
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Yes. I’m behind on my reading and everyone’s already said all that there is to say about this new series by fan favorite, Jeff Lemire. There’s not a lot I will say about this series other than its the first piece of Lemire’s I’ve read. I’ve had “Essex County” and “the Nobody” on my radar but I’ve not had a chance to grab either yet. I will after reading this issue because I want to see what everyone’s talking about.
If I come away with anything from this issue its that Lemire is everything I’ve heard about them, but I want to wait and read a few more issues before I can decide if this is something I want to read on a monthly basis. I’m hoping this isn’t a series that was originally a graphic novel idea that is getting expanded on. We’ll see.
"Savage Dragon" #152
“Picking Up the Pieces”
Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen
Lettering: Tom Orzechowski
Colors: Nikos Koutsis
Flats: Mike Toris
Publisher: Image Comics
If there’s a series that I cannot do without its this one. “Savage Dragon” continues to entertain the part of me that just loves quirky and entertaining comic books. Yeah, there are others out there that I enjoy, but every time this book comes out it is a MUST read before anything else.
This issue continues with the fallout of Dragon’s death. His kids are trying to cope in their own ways, and Larsen shows that there’s some heart in this comic book among all of big action and insane villains. I like that Malcolm continues saying his dad isn’t dead and that he’s determine to find out what happened and where Dragon is.
The ‘Dragon” creature that thinks its actually the real Dragon is an interesting twist to all of what’s happened since #150. I’ve got some theories, but they’re probably nothing close to what Larsen’s going to throw at us sooner or later and that’s just fine with me.
Good writing. Good art. Solid book all around, but if you’re new to the series go get #150 and then get caught up. You’ll enjoy it more.