Written by David Schwartz, Art by Micah Gunnell, Colors by David Curiel
I have to admit this is one of my guilty pleasures. When I first saw the cover of issue #0 with a photo of Victoria's Secret model Rachel Clark as Joule (the protagonist of the book) I HAD TO BUY IT! But surprisingly enough, the artwork was really good and the story was very interesting as well. I've followed the first story arc delving into who Joule is, what her motivations are and how she became "idolized".
The only complaint I have with this book is that month by month the art has gotten worst and worst. The artwork on issues #0-#2 was great, but on issues #3 and up, the artwork's gone downhill, to the point that I contacted the studio regarding the matter. Whether they'll do something about it or not is beyond me, but at least I did my part. Anyhow, even with the not so great artwork the story is entertaining enough that I consider this book in my Top 10 books of 2012.
Written by Adam Glass, Penciled by Clayton Henry, Inked by Scott Hanna & Clayton Henry, Colored by Val Staples & HI-FI
This book is a non-stop adrenaline fueled ride that keeps you at the edge of your seat and never lets go. Pure unadulterated fun, great writing and even better artwork! I've absolutely loved this book since issue #1 and still love it to this day because it knows what it is, it's not sugar coated or try to be more than what it is, this is a fun book from beginning to end.
Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Diablo, lots of action, lots of bullets, great character interaction, intrigue, twists and turns and did I say fun? Yeah, it's super FUN!!! If you're not reading this book, buy the first TPB and I guarantee you'll love it from that day forward, that's how confident I am in this book.
Written by Ande Parks, Art by Esteve Polls, Colors by Marcello Pinto
I have to admit I've never been that much of a fan of Westerns but there are two characters I've loved since I was a kid; The Lone Ranger and Tonto. I also admit that I've never bought a single Western book until I laid eyes on The Lone Ranger #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. From Francesco Francavilla's cover to Esteve Polls' gorgeous interior art, this book is a visual Nirvana.
Ande Parks deserves a lot of credit as well because he definitely knows the characters identities and brings them to life in stories that appeal not only to Westerns fans, but comic book fans in general. If you've never picked up a Western comic book in your life and you think you won't enjoy it, I guarantee you'll like it.
Written by Robert Venditti, Art by Cary Nord, Colors by Moose Baumann
I remember Bart Sears' run on XO Manowar back in the 90's and how the book disappeared later on. Then valiant was sold to Acclaim and then, those titles disappeared again. Move forward 10 years and here comes Valiant with a vengeance! Critically acclaimed by fans all around the world, Valiant is positioning itself as a powerhouse in the span of a few months, and leading the charge is their flagship title; XO Manowar!
The writing, the artwork, the character and the timing all seems perfect and I find myself rooting for the underdog and seeing with my own eyes how this relatively small company is taking the comics world by storm and taking no prisoners, and how are they doing it, by writing good stories, hiring amazing artists and getting rid of the gimmicks. take notes my peers, this is how you make great comic books.
Written by David Liss, Art by Colton Worley
Talk about a striking character with a long history that hasn't been brought to the spotlight like he should. In 2012, Dynamite Entertainment alongside Alex Ross decided to bring back to the spotlight one of the coolest "Pulp" characters you've never heard of, The Spider; and were the winners in this deal.
Richard Wentworth is a decorated war hero who has sacrificed everything, including the woman he loves, for duty. But the New York City Wentworth returns to is riddled with crime and corruption. With the police overwhelmed and a populace helpless, Wentworth becomes The Spider, a vigilante as ruthless and merciless as the criminals he hunts. But now there’s a new danger on the rise. A deranged woman called Anput has begun a series of attacks that turn ordinary citizens into mindless zombies, bringing New York and the police force to its knees. Wentworth will stop at nothing to save the city he’s sworn to protect, but in the process he will risk his family, his friends, and the woman he still loves. Yeah... AWESOME!!!
And in keeping with the "Pulp" characters, Dynamite Enterteinment brings us a new ongoing series from one of the most famous "Pulp" characters ever created; The Shadow. The premise of this new ongoing series goes a little something like this...
“It’s 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all… but what that might be, only the Shadow knows."
Now what kind on comic book fan in their right mind could resist a premise like that... only the Shadow knows.
Written by Judd Winick, Art by Ben Oliver
This book was a total surprise to me since I never knew the character even existed, I just picked the book based on the strength of the cover and artwork alone, but once i got home and read it... oh what a pleasant surprise it was! The character is so well defined that you almost feel like you know him, or at least you've read many stories about him before when in fact you haven't; or at least I hadn't.
The character design is another plus with the character, even though some of my peers may disagree with me, I feel like it's the perfect choice for Batwing; and here's why. He's arena is Africa, a desolated and rudimentary country (for the most part) in which criminals aren't used to a lot of technology, so, how do you strike fear into the minds of these criminals; technology. Batman does the same but with the opposite effect. Batman uses myth and scare tactics to frighten criminals whore used to seeing technology but don't really understand ghosts or folklore, so he uses those scare tactics to his advantage. All in all, this is an amazing character, amazing creative team; amazing book.
Written by Scott Snyder, Pencilled by Greg Capullo, Inked by Jonathan Glapion, Colors by FCO
This was a book I was incredibly excited about as soon as I heard of the creative team, mostly because of Greg Capullo; and it didn't disappoint! From issues #1 till' the latest issue, every book has been masterfully crafted to perfection. Snyder is writting (in my opinion) the definitive Batman and Capullo is at the top of his game. Glapion makes Capullo's artwork come to life and FCO's colors are simply beautiful.
If you're not reading this book... what're you thinking?!?!? Go to your local comic shop and buy the TPB's because more than likely you wont be able to find the single issues due to the high demand on this title. Great, great, great... GREAT BOOK!!!
Written by Matt Fraction, Art by Oliver Coipel
I have to come clean and admit that Thor is my favorite character so I might be a little bias on this but hear me out on this. There's been many legendary Thor runs throughout the years like the Lee/Kirby run or the Simonson run but I have to say, this latest run by Fraction and Coipel has to be up there as one of the best ever, again; in my opinion. Fraction is finally writing Thor as the badass viking god that he is and Coipel is bringing the stories to life in spectacular fashion.
In this run we've seen Thor squares off against powerful foes and amongst them are the Silver Surfer and Galactus... yeah, EPIC!!! we also see the ramifications of the Fear Itself event and we get a better idea of why Thor is the badass that he is. If you're a Thor fan, a viking fan, an action fan or a fan of great comic books, you should give this book a try.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Sara Pichelli, Colors by Justin Ponsor
Once every fool moon a publisher is bold enough to actually create a character of color who isn't a sterotype and actually represents African Americans in a truthful and respectful way. Even more rare is to find a hispanic character who's represented in a respectful way that kids can actually look up to. Well, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man does this and so much more!
Enter Miles Morales, a young, energetic and more importantly, realistic depiction of a Half Black/Half Puertorican kid who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and by necessity turns into Spider-Man. This book is pure magic, from Miles to his sidekick Ganke, to his mom and dad, to his uncle Aaron and his relationship to The Ultimates, Brian Michael Bendis is writing his masterpiece with this book. This book my friends, is truly the best comic book been published today; PERIOD!