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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 12-23-15


Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day! The festivities are over, so sit back, relax, and read some new Number 1 Bullets. This week we have Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1, The Rocketeer: At War #1, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1, and King Conan: Wolves Beyond The Border #1. 



King Conan: Wolves Beyond The Border #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-


Dark Horse Comics has released their 21st volume of Conan adventures in their new miniseries; King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border.  Written by Timothy Truman with art by Tomas Giorello, this series sees Conan as the ruler of Aquilonia, yet just because he holds the title of King it does not mean he is no longer a fierce warrior.  The stage is simply set, an old ranger from the frontier lands seeks out King Conan's aide in dealing with an ancient artifact imbued with great power.  This artifact speaks to him of times of old, warriors from lost Atlantis, and the promise of adventure.  Though the outline seems simple, the comic is amazingly well-written.  The pages spent on the ranger's back story and the tale of the lost crown resonated in such a way that it reminded me of the opening monologue of the Conan: The Barbarian movie, or the narration to the Fellowship of the Ring that told the story of how the One Ring was lost.  The art and the words just had that perfect fit to make the reader FEEL the gravity of the tale being told.  I loved this issue, by far the best single of issue of Conan I have read from Dark Horse.  (Geoff)


Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1 (DC Comics)-


For a comic that relies on the reader being a fan of both these classic TV series, it does a remarkably good job settings things up for all readers. Writer Jeff Parker brings us into both worlds and somehow manages to retain the semi-serious nature of U.N.C.L.E within the world of Adam West's Batman. This issue sets the stage for things to come. An escape from Arkham Asylum is masterminded by some new threats within T.H.R.U.S.H. (U.N.C.L.E.'s arch-nemesises) bring the men from U.N.C.L.E. to Gotham City. The art by David Hahn and Karl Kesel perfectly captures both universes. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. Fans of either series should definitely check this out, or those looking for a fun, all-ages Batman romp. (Joe)


The Rocketeer: At War #1 (IDW Publishing)-


 Writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Dave Bullock bring us the next chapter in IDW's Rocketeer Saga. So far, this has been my favorite entry into said series. Gone is the goofy Cliff Secord who's adventures seem to stem from him bumbling his way through his girlfriend Betty's life. Here we get a determined soldier, a former hero, ready to take up arms again for his country. We get a serious lead with real villains in a setting we're all too familiar with, WWII. This issue is titled "The Death of The Rocketeer" and with good reason. This was a fun, pulpy adventures of an issue wither perfectly fitting art and a killer cover by Nick Bradshaw. Pick it up. (Joe)


Patsy Walker: A.K.A. Hellcat #1 (Marvel Comics)-


There was only one new #1 comic from Marvel this week and it was Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat.  Written by Kate Leth with art by Brittney Williams, Patsy Walker is struggling to find a place for herself after her freelance job from She Hulk disappears and she is evicted from her somewhat sketchy living situation. However, as luck would have it, she stumbles across a new Inhuman who is in need of a roommate and a purpose and thus launches her new business of trying to find work for those who find themselves with powers but have no desire for super heroics.  This book was not great nor groundbreaking in any way, but it was absolutely adorable.  The cartoon style of the art mimics the ridiculous antics in the story, Patsy herself is lovable and endearing, and the jokes made me smile.  This is another title from Marvel similar to Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck, it is an almost comic take on characters to mix up the usual moody ass-kicking that goes on in superhero books today.  If you enjoy those other quirky titles or are in the mood for something light and fun, try this book out. (Geoff)


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