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Number 1 Bullets: 07-08-15


Each week, we take a look at the new first issues from Black Mask, 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. Hop on board the Enterprise with your power rings on a trip to tomorrow!

This week, Geoff Deen, Joe Kach, and Sam Moyerman review Negative Space #1, Tomorrows #1, Star Trek/Green Lantern #1, Bloodstrike #1, Transference #1, and Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1. 



 Negative Space #1 (Dark Horse)-


(W) Ryan Lindsay (A/CA) Owen Gieni
When one man's writer's block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation.

I'll start off with a silly complaint.  For a book titled "Negative Space" the creators sure went above and beyond to fill every page and make sure there was no actual negative space in the book itself.  The good news about the lack of negative space is that the artwork is good enough to make up for that transgression.  It's colored directly over pencils (in the classic Richard Isanove way where it looks like the whole page was done with colored pencils) and has a nice style to it that makes you immediately aware that this is a slightly different real world from the one in which we live. Because there is a slight Cabin in the Woods-esque thing going on here, a large multinational corporation that harvests emotions to stop some entity from destroying the world.  They sure are going out of their way to get this one guy too.  One guy who was ready to kill himself at the start of the book (which has a really nice take on his situation), but no matter what they seem to do to him, they drive him further and further away from that.  There is a real problem with this book that as the book gets further and further along, you get more and more interested but also more and more confused, like they keep changing the playbook and don't let you know.  Still, the artwork is enough to keep things interesting and the main character is a good enough guy to root for. (Sam)


Tomorrows #1 (Dark Horse)-


(W) Curt Pires (A) Jason Copland (CA) Jason Copland, Dylan Todd
They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality. A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist! The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal-unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

Tomorrows is the new number one comic from Dark Horse, written by Curt Pires with art by Jason Copland.  Following the darker side of social media and data mining of the population, Tomorrows imagines a corporate world where the populous is held down and thought is controlled.  The tone of the world is very Big Brother, and the art by Copland is a good fit for the mood of the story.  Flat colors, heavy inks, and a rather scratchy dark style work wonders for this book.  Our heroes are freedom fighters for free thought, and the story kicks off with the rescue of the newest recruit who I feel will become the focal point of the series.  The messaging is a little heavy handed and not exactly a new idea, as I mentioned the influences from other sources such as 1984 and The Matrix are pretty clear, but all the same it was still an entertaining read.  I would call it solid, but not great.  If the discussions surrounding internet privacy, social media, wikileaks, and your data being mined and sold to the government and corporations interest you then I think you should check this book out. (Geoff)


Star Trek/Green Lantern #1 (IDW)-


(W) Mike Johnson (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Elsa Charretier
Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don't miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world... igniting events that will change the fate of empires!

We start off with a bang. An interstellar murder-mystery with a well-known victim investigated by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. This is strictly a set-up issue, and a fairly good one at that. While the opening is a bit of a surprise, nothing terribly exciting happens till the last page. And based on the villain's voice patterns in the first few pages, I have a feeling I know, at least partially, which way we are headed. I was hoping for a little more than we got, to be honest, but I am on board to see where this adventure goes. Solid script, decent art, entertaining concept. Check it out. (Joe)


Bloodstrike #1 (Image)-


(W/A/CA) Rob Liefeld
X-Force, Cable, and Deadpool creator ROB LIEFELD returns to comics with a new ONGOING series, a lively romp that reveals a more mature side to LIEFELD than fans have previously experienced. A new recruit to the Bloodstrike program, (his identity as a mystery man from the historical Extreme Universe soon to be revealed!) struggles on a covert mission and loses his life as well as his junk to the mysterious TRAGEDY ANN!

I am aware that the internet likes to pick on Rob Liefeld for his art, but from what I just saw in Bloodstrike #1 from Image Comics the art is the least of our concerns.  Granted, its still very '90s with horrid proportions, twisted body frames, and grimaces everywhere; but the story itself is just so God-awful, it eclipses the art to such an extent it could be drawn by Jim Lee and this would still be the worst comic I have read all year.  The characters are poor cliches of Marvel mainstays like Deadpool, Cable, and Wolverine.  The humor, if you want to call it that, is the worst kind of juvenile trash.  An entire first issue dedicated to a severed penis and the search for said "junk".  A apparent rip off of Lobo who proceeds to literally cannibalize two naked women is sure offend someone out there, in my case its nothing to do with feminism, its just plain stupid ... it offends my sense of good story telling.  I honestly feel like this was written by Liefeld's "edgy" 14-year-old nephew and he is just taking the writing credit.  This book is horrible, do not buy it! (Geoff)


Transference #1 (Black Mask)-


(W) Michael Moreci (A) Ron Salas (CA) Ron Salas, Giovanni Valleta
Colton Moss and his elite team of special agents run counter-terrorism operations utilizing a secret form of time travel technology called "transference," which enables them to send their consciousnesses back in time - but, when Colton's past is altered to reshape his life in the present, he discovers this technology isn't as exclusive as he thought. Now Colton must prevent a large-scale insurgency in the U.S. - and do so in the transference-past, where a terrorist's consciousness could be in any body, so everybody is a potential suspect.

There's a fine line between holding your readers hands through exposition and giving them enough information where they're not confused, but still curious as to what is going on.  Then there are the books where they don't even bother with either avenue.  Transference is the latter type.  In fact, early on you would think that instead of holding the reader's hand to explain everything, they're actually holding the character's.  Then, about 10 pages in, the character drops a line of dialogue that changes everything.  And suddenly, a book that was about espionage is about time travel and it suffers for that change.  It makes it so the book never seems to really know what it wants to be about and by the time it starts to right itself, it's the end.  The artwork is serviceable.  It's decent enough in character and panel design, but lacks a real level of detail something like this seems to warrant.  Provided it continues to find its footing, this book could end up with some fun ideas, but you'd have to trust the creators to get you there.  I'm not sure I'm willing to do that. (Sam)


Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1 (Dynamite)-


(W) Mark Rahner (A) Jeff Morales (CA) Tim Seeley
During his time trapped in the England of 1300 A.D., Ash listened to the terrified primitive screwheads tell of a horrific flying Deadite similar to the one he blasted out of the air when he arrived - but much deadlier. At the same time, a raven-haired temptress wants to give him some sugar - as his last meal! The horror mash-up you've been waiting for, from Mark Rahner (Twilight Zone, Army of Darkness/Reanimator) and Jethro Morales (Hack/Slash)... full of bloody chainsaws, fanged vixens, demon possessions, and boomsticks aplenty!

Ash meets Vampirella! But is this Vampirella? Travel to the Dark World where the Army of Darkness lives and the Hero Ash battles them off. When strange, vampiric murders begin to take place acros shis castle, Ash is on the case! But what happens when unter turns to hunted? A decent opening with serviceable art, I couldn't really find anything that gripping, but at the same time, nothing to really complain about. Fans of the characters will enjoy this series. Some non-fans might, too.  (Joe)


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