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Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. Take a Legenderry journey with The Dresden Files into Divinity!

This week, Joe Kach and Sam Moyerman review Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega #1, Empty #1, Divinity #1, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Downtown #1, and Legenderry: Red Sonja #1. 

 

 

PROMETHEUS: FIRE & STONE - OMEGA #1

Prometheus: Fire and Stone - Omega #1 (Dark Horse)-

3 out of 5

This was definitely not a first issue. I guess the word "Omega" in the title was an indication of that. This one short, with art by Agustin Alessio, wraps up Kelly Sue DeConnick's chapter of the Prometheus saga. It was a well done issue with very pretty pictures and Sci-Fi landscapes. But, it ended rather abruptly and I found myself thinking, "Okay, so what?" DeConnick has a way with words alright, but this story wasn't interesting enough for me to want to go back and read the preceding mini-series. I did like the inclusion of the Predator. That being said, if you have been following the Fire and Stone saga across Dark Horse's Aliens/Predator/Prometheus line, then you're going to want to pick this up. (Joe)

 

EMPTY #1

Empty #1 (Image)-

2 out of 5

There was some real hope heading into reading this story.  I was excited to see it was created by a single creator with a single vision.  And it's very impressive that Jimmie Robinson did everything on this book by himself.  That said, it starts off disjointed and jumps around.  The character designs are purposefully slightly off, but sometimes overly so, especially with our main hero.  There is very little motivation that makes sense from the side characters. Everyone seems to act simply because it's what their character is supposed to do to move the story along. The good news is that eventually, the story does slow down enough to get a good pace and let the two main characters have their moments.  The only problem is by the time things settle down it takes going back to the beginning to have an idea of what is happening. The book ends with hope that the series will improve, which to me was a stretch at the beginning. (Sam)

 

DIVINITY #1

Divinity #1 (Valiant)-

3.5 out of 5

This is a very cool comic that felt more like something from Vertigo than from Valiant. Kudos to Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine, and team for putting something together that breaks the Valiant mold and does some truly inspired things. This is some hardcore, out there, Science Fiction. I was left with a lot of questions at the end, which I'm sure was the intent, but I felt more confused than intrigued. I'm also not sure how curious I am to find out the answers since the characters here weren't all the fleshed out. The book good have probably used a few extra pages to flesh things out and really hook people. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the tale and would recommend this issue to people looking for something a little different. (Joe)

 

DRESDEN FILES: DOWN TOWN #1

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town #1 (Dynamite)-

3.5 out of 5

I can't remember reading a book before that had "Thematic Consultants", let alone three of them.  But whatever they actually do, it works for the first issue.  The story of a modern mystic, his protege, and their big dog helping the police solve those particular crimes cop aren't used to, this book hits all the right notes.  Each scene runs its course nicely and moves the story along to the next spot.  The dialogue plays up to the hard boiled nature of the main character without getting overly cliche.  The artwork is slightly reminiscent of the old Aspen style, with strong sharp linework and designs. It runs a bit long for a first issue; there are a lot of characters brought in in the second half of the book, but that doesn't detract from the overall quality. (Sam)

 

LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #1

Legenderry: Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite)-

4 out of 5

This was a lot of fun! I went into it with low hopes based on my experience with Legenderry: Vampirella #1 last week, but my feelings there were not duplicated here. Enjoying this story does not rely on your having read the original Legenderry mini-series. The lead actually feels like Red Sonja, and not just a Steampunk version of an angry red head. Writer Marc Andreyko casts this tale of Sonja, who is now more of a pirate queen, as she lands ashore the big city and heads out to either find or start some trouble. The art by Aneke fits perfectly with the light-hearted, yet violent, tone of the story. I'm not the world's biggest Red Sonja fan, but am definitely on board for the second issue of this mini-series. Check it out! (Joe)

 

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