REVIEW: Executive Assistant: Violet #3

Cornered

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Pencils: Pop Mhan and Lori Hanson
Colors: John Starr
Lettering: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandez and Frank Mastromauro
Design and Production: Mark Roslan, Peter Steigerwald, and Josh Reed

Publisher: Aspen MLT

Controlled by Duncan Villone, Violet is ordered to kill Henry Vincent. Will Henry survive? Will Violet break free of Villone’s control? And what is Villone’s endgame?

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REVIEW: Fathom Vol.4 #2

United Notions

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Pencils: Alex Konat
Colors: Beth Sotelo
Letters: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandez and Frank Mastromauro
Design and Production: Mark Roslan and Peter Steigerwald
Publisher: Aspen MLT
Fathom created by Michael Turner
The Black co-created by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald

Aspen is on the trail of a group of creatures called the Ceratonotus Steiningeri who are posing as Secret Service agents protecting the Vice President and who are planning to kill him.

REVIEW: Broken Pieces #1

Together We’re Unstoppable – Part One of Five

Creator & Writer: Mark Roslan
Illustrator: Micah Kaneschiro
Letterer: Josh Reed
Editors: Vince Hernandez & Frank Mastromauro
Publisher: Aspen MLT

A biological bomb was set off in the Gulf of Mexico in 2032 and the United Nation rushes to find a cure for those affected by the fallout before the third anniversary of the detonation. Dr. Gabriella Adams is hired by Trinion Industries to further research and develop a cure based off of her advancements in cellular regeneration.  Will she develop a cure, and is that what Trinion really wants from her?

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What Looks Good to Me – September 21, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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REVIEW: Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1

Who Is Miles Morales?

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Sara Pichelli
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Associate Editor: Sana Amanant
Senior Editor: Mark Paniccia
Cover: Kaare Andrews
Variant Covers: Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel Comics

We all know that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is a young boy named Miles Morales, but let’s step back and learn how Miles came to gain his abilities and what his life is like as he learns to use his new abilities.

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What Looks Good to Me – September 14, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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REVIEW: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #1

Freefall – Part One

Script: Joss Whedon
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Jo Chen
25th Anniversary Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and J.D. Meitler
Designer: Justin Couch
Editors: Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn
Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Based on the television series by Joss Whedon

Buffy and her friends make of what they can of their new lives after the events in Season Eight, but the world continues to have its dangers and they are coming for Buffy.

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REVIEW: Angel & Faith #1

Live Through This – Part One

Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Designer: Justin Couch
Editors: Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn
Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

The events of the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer resulted in Angel being freed from the control of Twilight, but the destruction left in his wake is something that weighs heavily on him.

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REVIEW: Justice League International #1

The Signal Masters – Part One

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Lettering: Travis Lanham
Colors: Hi-Fi
Editor: Rex Ogle
Pubisher: DC Comics

The United Nations decides it needs its own super-hero team tied to the Justice League and brings in a host of international heroes who bring in their own international problems, and all led by Booster Gold. What could go wrong?

If there is a series I have on my list of “must read” books from DC’s New 52 it would be Justice League International for a variety of reasons.  First off, I’m a big team book fan and when I can get a dozen characters in one book and building drama and character development, I’m a happy reader.  Second, I am an old fan of Dan Jurgens as a writer and artist. I think having Jurgens redefining Booster Gold, a character he created, it perfect.  And third, I really love the fact Aaron Lopresti is drawing this series.

As a first issue I think Jurgens did a really good job setting on the situation of why this new League is being put together and how these characters are being selected.  I like that there are more heroes that are on the list, but just aren’t ready to be a part of this team.  I like that Jurgens has defined what the motivation behind the United Nations’ decision and that it will definitely be a cause of conflict in the future between the U.N. and the League.  The character introductions are short, but enough.  On top of all of that, you actually get a story.  Jurgens really has a great knowledge and ability to put a lot of story into an issue and gives you your money’s worth.

Lopresti’s art in this issue is just great.  Like I said before, I’m a big fan of his and was really happy to see him working with Jurgens and with these characters.  Lopresti has a great style that is really clean with a lot of room for the colorist to really get in there and define the look and feel of these characters.

Overall, great first issue and I am looking forward to reading this series for a long time to come.

Writing: 4 out of 5 | Art: 4 out of 5 | Overall: 4 out of 5