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Number 1 Bullets: 11-26-14

 

Each week, we take an early look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and Valiant Comics to share our thoughts and let you know what we think you should pick up. 

This week, Geoff Deen, Sam Moyerman, and Joe Kach review Angry Birds Transformers #1, Shadow Show #1, Transformers: Drift - Empire of Stone #1, and Ody-C #1.

 

ANGRY BIRDS-TRANSFORMERS #1

Angry Birds Transformers #1 (IDW)-

3 out of 5

IDW brings us the crossover we have been waiting for with the first issue of Angry Birds Transformers. Penned by John Barber, this issues sees the legendary All-Spark cross dimensions and fall into the hands of the evil green pigs and the slingshot bound birds who oppose them. The book is as silly and ridiculous as it sounds, but it works great for younger readers. The opening in the Transformers universe is fun and pulls from the comics as well as the new movies, then we are launched into the colorful world of Angry Birds. There is not much of a story to speak of, but that is okay because the writing is pretty funny and entertaining. I think this is a solid pick-up for young readers with any interest in Transformers or the new Angry Birds game it is based on. (Geoff)

 

SHADOW SHOW #1

Shadow Show #1 (IDW)-

4 out of 5

A book that portends to be inspired by the works of Ray Bradbury and based on a short story by Joe Hill can't go wrong, right?  Well, for a large portion of this book you feel like it might.  It's a little slow, the artwork doesn't stand out, and for the most part it doesn't set itself apart.  But then you get to it.  And it happens quickly and turns you and the book inside out.  Then you realize the slow pace was setting you up and that the artwork was deliberately done to evoke children's books and images.  And everything just fits very nicely together.  (Sam)

 

DRFIT: EMPIRE OF STONE #1

The Transformers: Drift - Empire of Stone #1 (IDW)- 

3.5 out of 5

Drift's proven to be quite a popular Transformer since his creation in the IDW world of comics, and creators Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi re-team for the second solo outing of the Decepticon-turned-Autobot-turned ... galactic vigilante? After recent events in the main Transformers titles, Drift has struck out on his own, roaming the galaxy, righting wrongs set by rogue Decepticons and other such miscreants. After a run-in with a band of said Decepticons, Drift and his reluctantly-accepted partner Ratchet find themselves in a bit of trouble with an old acquaintance of Drift's. The story fits in with the tone and quality of all the others Transformers titles. Solid stuff, but nothing that stands out either. I enjoyed Guidi's new art style here; it reminds me of classic G.I. Joe and Transformers artist Andrew Wildman. For a hardcore Transformers fan, I had trouble recognizing who some of the antagonists were and would have liked to have that spelled out for me a bit more. If you've been following Robots in Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye, then you'll want to pick this up to get the whole story. Or, if you just love Drift because he's in the movies. (Joe)

 

ODY-C #1

Ody-C #1 (Image)-

5 out of 5

The latest in a steady stream of new creator-owned titles from Image Comics comes to us in the form of Ody-C; a gender-swapped, space-based retelling of Homer's epic, The Odyssey. Writer Matt Fraction is on point in this first issue, laying a solid yet intricate framework for this series. We have all our major players as well as a pantheon of jealous Gods to cause trouble for our protagonists. If you are familiar with the original story then you will feel right at home with these new versions of classic characters, while at the same time, they are introduced slowly enough that those who are new to the material should have no problems keeping track of who is who. The art by Christian Ward is very colorful and expressive, slightly muddled, yet still very easy to follow the flow of the story. The significant differences in the faces and uniforms of the various characters makes it easy to keep track of who is who, a huge help when starting a new story with a cast this large. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in either a retelling of a classic or a new wave Sci-Fi epic. (Geoff)

 

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