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NUMBER 1 BULLETS: 12-30-15

 

Happy New Year! It's an all-new Number 1 Bullets for the last week of 2015. It's been quite a year. Today's stack: Lobster Johnson: The Glass Mantis #1, Deadpool and Cable: Split Second #1, Belladonna #0, and Code Pru #1. 

 

 

Lobster Johnson: The Glass Mantis #1 (Dark Horse Comics)-

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Mike Mignola and John Arcudi team up to tell another tale of the pulp adventurer, Lobster Johnson. This time, Lobster finds himself entangled in the shady world of black market art dealing and glass blowing (yes, such a thing exists). Femme fatales, disguised double-crosses, and lots of hyperbole make for a fun, Noir romp. The art by Toni Fejzula is a perfect fit for the book. I definitely would recommend this to pulp adventure fans and fans of the character. But, while the story hits all the right points, it pretty much stops there. It suffers a bit from being a one-shot and the story loses some meat. Still, a solid entry into the world of The Lobster. (Joe)

 

Deadpool and Cable: Split Second #1 (Marvel Comics)-

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Writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Reilly Brown team-up again on the team-up book that they know so well: Deadpool and Cable, this time it's Split Second #1. It's a fairly a run-of-the-mill Deadpool story with cable there as the straight guy. That's not to say it didn't have its moments, and over-all, was a fun read. The odd couple get caught up in a time-travel gone wrong plot involving the new villain Split Second, and it ends with a pretty powerful cliffhanger. But hey, it's a time travel story, so nothing is as it seems. Nicieza and Brown both do a good job treading old territory, and there's just enough back story thrown in to keep new readers interested who may be here due to the Deadpool movie. If you're a Deadpool fan, you'll really dig this. Otherwise, hey, it'd a digital first, you have nothing to lose by checking it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. (Joe)

 

Belladonna #0 (Boundless Comics)-

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Boundless, a division of Avatar Press, has released a new comic for adult readers with Belladonna #1.  Written by Mike Costa with art by Ignacio Calero, Belladonna is the title character in a tale of warriors, warlords, and wizards set in 871AD.  The book is hyper-violent and very sexualized; it revels in its depiction of blood, dismemberment, and breasts.  While on the surface this might seem crass or a shallow attempt to lure the mostly male comic book reading fans into a book based on boobs and sex, there is actually a pretty good story to be found in these pages.  As a first issue, the structure of the book is well-paced and delivers the needed background and driving force for the main character.  The story is simple and direct, but I liked Belladonna as a character, even if she was rather one note.  The art falls into the category of "decent-but-not-great", but it does not detract from the story being told.  Readers out there that like Red Sonja or Conan should at least give this first issue a shot to see if it resonated with them, I was entertained enough to tune in for issue #2. (Geoff)

 

Code Pru #1 (Avatar Press)-

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Garth Ennis has a new #1 issue out from Avatar Press, and it's just as strange as you want it to be.  Code Pru #1, written by Ennis with art by Raulo Caceres, follows a group of young college girls dabbling in witchcraft along with their skeptic roommate, while plot B involves a game of Monopoly between a creepy dude and an imprisoned god of the old world.  These two wildly different stories are both fun and engaging to read; the main character Pru is the skeptic of the bunch, and reading her flippant remarks to her Wiccan roommate is a lot of fun.  In just a few pages, I already love her: she is funny, smart, and her passive aggressive style of dealing with drama is a delight to read.  Likewise, the conversation over a game of Monopoly between an ancient god and his jailer is equally entertaining.  Where these two stories are going to cross seems to be coming in issue two, but I have a feeling the over zealous witch to be is going to get in over her head and drag Pru and the rest down with her.  The black and while art by Caceres is great, especially the emotions he conveys with facial expression.  One of my personal marks of a good comic book artist is if they can draw a face that can tell me more about the emotion in the panel than the words, and Caceres nails it.  This was a great book, another Ennis gem hidden among the smaller publishers. (Geoff

 

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