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Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, 12-Gauge, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. Don't starve yourself for X-O today!

This week, Geoff Deen and Joe Kach review Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1, Long Distance #1, Starve #1, and X-O Manowar 25th Anniversary Special #1. 

 

 

Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1 (Dark Horse)-

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(W/A/CA) Drew Johnson
Forty years ago, England's greatest adventurers cast aside their friendship, making a choice that would come to haunt humanity. Now, secret agent Matilda Finn will face the consequences of that choice as she aids in a frantic rescue operation at Scotland's Loch Ness, where something terrible is waiting to draw her into the fight of her life!

Midnight Society #1, with story and art by Drew Edward Johnson draws the reader in to a fantastical world of myth and mystery and the agencies that oversee all the things in the world that go bump in the night.  I want to take a moment to mention the art because I really enjoyed it.  Solid, defined pencils with coloring that has the soft look of colored pencils.  The story is interesting, if not remarkable.  I found myself more intrigued by the world Johnson has created as opposed to the characters inside of it.  The first issue does a god job of establishing that world and setting the reader on a new journey to Loch Ness with Matilda Finn, an agent of the MI: Omega organization that herself is surrounded by an air of mystery.  A good read with solid art, something worth checking out when you are at the shop this Wednesday. (Geoff)

 

Long Distance #1 (IDW)-

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(W/A/CA) Thomas F. Zahler
From the creator of Love and Capes, Thom Zahler! While stranded in an airport, Carter and Lee meet and hit it off immediately. Problem is, he lives in Columbus and she lives in Chicago. Can they manage to have a relationship separated by three hundred miles, a time zone, and the entire state of Indiana?

Written and drawn by Thom Zahler, Long Distance #1 is a rather adorable love story that is just a bit too on the nose.  The set up is simple, guy and girl meet at an airport during a delay and hit it off, only to find out they live hundreds of miles from each other.  What happens next is an extended flirting session over phone and social media that just tries too hard to appeal to the nerd in all of us.  Too many Star Wars and Star Trek references, too much social awkwardness, and when I saw the reddit meme "LeRocketChick" in print I cringed so hard my neck is still hurting.  Its a shame too because the banter between the two of them is SO quick and fun to read, but it reads like I am looking into the 'ideal' romance of some basement dweller whose based his hopes of love of super cheesy romantic comedies.  It feels like it is trying so hard to cater to genre fans that it becomes uncomfortable.  The art is interesting, it has a very heavy Archie vibe but the monotone colors make it look bland and flat.  I started out really liking this first issue but it devolved into nerd mental masturbation, I have no intention of reading further. (Geoff)

 

Starve #1 (Image)-

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(W) Brian Wood (A) Danijel Zezelj, Dave Stewart (CA) Dave Stewart, Danijel Zezelj
UTENSILS DOWN, HANDS UP! WELCOME TO STARVE!

Once the world's most famous chef, Gavin Cruikshank's been in a self-imposed exile for years. His little foodie television program has since evolved into STARVE, an arena sport that pits chef against chef for the pleasure of their super-rich patrons. It's a stain on a once-noble profession, and Chef Gavin is ready to go to war to stop it. Two things stand in his way: his arch rival Roman Algiers, and his adult daughter Angie, who probably just wants her dad back and acting normal.  

Created by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart, Starve #1 is another in a long line of creator-owned number one issues from Image Comics.  Starve is the story of a down and out celebrity chef trying to regain what he can from the network that stole his life.  Set in a near future wherein the one percent revel in their extravagance at the expense of the masses, Gavin is being brought back into the spotlight to raise the stakes and provide ultimate entertainment for what has become, in his absence, the number one show on television.  The idea is unique and it is written extremely well.  Brian Wood creates a voice for Gavin that is strong and determined and it drives the plot along at a brisk pace.  The motivations of the main characters in this story are well defined in a short span of time, thereby allowing the reader to finish the first issue with a real sense of what is in store from this book.  The art is a bit muddy for my taste, lots of browns with very thick inks, however, facial expressions are very well done and never once could I not tell who was who.  I would say the only draw back of the issue is the plot itself ... extreme celebrity chef comic books?  Next Food Network Star in a failing society?  I am just not sure that is something I want to continue reading, but with that said I would still recommend this issue. (Geoff)

 

X-O Manowar 25th Anniversary Special #1 (Valiant)-

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(W) Robert Venditti (A) CAFU (CA) Cary Nord
New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY) celebrate 25 years of Valiant with an all-new introduction to Valiant's number one hero - the unstoppable X-O Manowar!
The sentient X-O Manowar armor is the most powerful weapon in the universe. But long before the armor fell into the hands of Aric of Dacia, it had a history of its own. Now, for the first time, join us as we uncover the secrets behind one of the most unique artifacts in the history of comics...and dive deeper into the X-O Manowar mythology in an all-new special standalone story!

Valiant does here what no other Valiant has done before; a definitive and digestible origin of the X-O Manowar armor, further known as Shanhara! And it's a damn fine read, folks. The story is straight-forward and hits its mark. We understand exactly how Shanhara came to be, why she has a name to begin with, and why she was worshiped as a God. There's tragedy, there's love, there's action all in this one-shot tale. Robert Venditti continues to fire on all cylinders on what I consider his "baby" title and CAFU's art fits very well into the world of swords and Sci-Fi established here. My only complaint is that it;s one issue. I feel like this story could have benefited from a mini-series. (Joe)

 

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