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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. Crossovers rule today with Swords of Sorrow and Book of Death tie-ins!

This week, Geoff Deen, Joe Kach, and Sam Moyerman review Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #1, Transformers: Robots In Disguise Animated #1, and Book of Death: Fall of Bloodshot #1. [Editor's Note: we were not able to review '68: Last Rites #1 or Wolf #1.]

 

Red Sonja/Jungle Girl #1

Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja & Jungle Girl #1 (Dynamite)-

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(W) Marguerite Bennett (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Jay Anacleto
Red Sonja is plunged through the Rift to Jana the Jungle Girl's tropical island, just as paradise is besieged by a terrifying monster that rains down ice and snow with killing cold. Jana, terrified for her homeland, is determined to destroy the source of the magic and return balance to her world - even if that means combating the She-Devil herself! An official tie-in to the epic Swords of Sorrow crossover event, written by celebrated writer Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Earth 2).

Red Sonja and Jungle Girl team up in the latest installment of the Swords of Sorrow crossover event from Dynamite Comics.  Written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Mirka Andolfo, this latest #1 issue picks up where we left off with Red Sonja from the first issue of the main event book, Swords of Sorrow #1.  Stranded on Barsoom, Red Sonja is transported again via portal to another world, this time landing in the world of Jungle Girl.  After the cliched, yet thankfully brief, fight between our lead characters, the plot of this crossover event starts to set in.  Jungle Girl's world is being adversely affected by the rifts in time and space, and when confronting the source our heroes finally come face to face with one of the true villains of this story, Mistress Hel.  This was a fun read, the banter back and forth between Sonja and Jana is fun and the plot is starting to feel like it has some forward momentum; that is something that has been lacking from the other #1 issues of the various cross over books.  We go into this title knowing about the swords and the rifts and time is not wasted on further exposition.  The art is colorful and brights, with great facial expressions that really sell the fun dynamic between Sonja and Jana.  This is by far one of the better crossover books; it felt like a more direct part of the main story than the others. This is an entry to the series that should not be skipped. (Geoff)

 

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ANIMATED #1

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #1 (IDW)-

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(W) Georgia Ball (A/CA) Priscilla Tramontano
GO TEAM 'BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS... but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than... they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say "meets the eye," didn't you?

I haven't watched a Transformers cartoon in quite some time.  I remember going back through my old DVDs and watching Generation One episodes and realizing that most of the shows weren't as good as I remembered.  And if this comic is emblematic of the television show, then the same problem is still around today.  Part of the issue (pun!) could be that these aren't the same characters I remember.  Bumblebee is leading a small group of Autobots on Earth, who are, of course, trying to stop Decepticon infiltrations.  Bumblebee as a leader is a bit of a stretch for any child of the '80s, but even worse is the way Grimlock is presented.  Alas, this comes with the territory and it's certainly possible that this is how children today love the characters.  No matter who it is, the book is pretty formulaic.  The Autobots on the team mostly get along but bicker like teenagers.  The Decepticon, despite a tease otherwise, is a pretty simple villain.  And of course, there is a father who is way too willing to put his son in harm's way to avoid the hard feelings of not letting him go play with giant robot monsters.  There's nothing really standout about the book at all.  The artwork does it's best to match the new style that is assuredly present on the show, but doesn't serve the characters at all.  Young kids may end up liking this book, especially if they are fans of the show.  But me Sam say "No way Jose." (Sam)

 

BOOK OF DEATH: FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1

Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1 (Valiant)-

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Doug Braithwaite (CA) Rafael Sandoval
Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Doug Braithwaite (IMPERIUM) chronicle Bloodshot's ultimate fate in a visionary tale of present and future torn from the pages of BOOK OF DEATH! The lovers he's known, the allies he's trusted... All will eventually return to dust... But will the nanites that transformed Bloodshot - body, mind and soul - ever let him truly rest? For the very first time, read an essential chapter of the Book of the Geomancer as Project Rising Spirit's ultimate walking weapon soldiers on from the modern day into the far future of the Valiant Universe...and reveals the truth behind the very last Bloodshot story that will ever come to pass... Don't miss the never-before-revealed story of Bloodshot's final adventures as BOOK OF DEATH foretells the devastating fate of Valiant's unrelenting soldier...from now to a thousand years hence...

You know, I really enjoy these Bloodshot one-offs, especially when written by Jeff Lemire. This issue equates to basically Bloodshot: The End. We follow his life from the near future to the far-flung future and get s glimpse into all his upcoming adventures. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that there were some nods to the Valiant-in-the-'90s-but-Dynamite's-now titles Magnus: Robot Fighter and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. In any case, this doesn't really tie into the main Book of Death story outside of the title and gimmick therein, but it's a great read that fans of Bloodhsot and Valiant should pick up. Braithwaite's art is a perfect fit for this done-in-one tale. (Joe)

 

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