The GeeksverseFebruary First Issue Review Blowout Part 3

February First Issue Review Blowout Part 3
Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by

The work trip ended, the stack of books was large and finally at the end of the many first issues that were waiting for me.

FairyQuest_01_preview_Page_1Fairy Quest #1
Published by: Boom! Studios
Written by: Paul Jenkins
Penciled by: Humberto Ramos

I have two questions/points about the creation of this book before I talk about it. Fairy Quest was originally solicited as a graphic novel through Kickstarter and is now being published as a seris of mini-series by Boom!. First off, this is Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos, why would they need to go through Kickstarter to get any project funded? Wouldn’t IDW, Boom! (obviously), Dynamite, Archaia, Image line up to get this book? Second, this really highlights the big negative about Kickstarter and that is advertising (look for the ‘Verse to help this out soon). Why didn’t I hear about this originally? The Boom solicits was the first place heard about it. I definately would have help fund the original project.

This was a great book. Ramos is in top form and Jenkins’ story was great. The idea behind it, the characters of the Grimm stories being slaves to the story and forced to perform it day after day, that’s brilliant. We’ve seen a lot of comics centering around the fables/fairy tales lately and this was one of the more original. Red and Woof are great. Grimm is a wonderful Tyrant.

I want the hardcover graphic novel now. Such a fun book to read.

5 out of 5

vibe1Vibe #1
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns & Andrew Kreisberg
Penciled by: Pete Woods

I refuse to call this “Justice League of America’s Vibe” but after reading the first issue I understand why they changed the title from just Vibe to that mouthful. This book is very connected to JLA. This book can’t exist without that one, it seems, it’s that connected. There are some big secrets revealed in this issue, like what ARGUS keeps in the basement.

The reveals just seem too big to the universe for a solo title, which makes this book too connected to JLA for my tastes. The whole point of a solo book is to see adventures, and supporting cast, outside of the team book. Katana has seperation. Vibe does not.

Overall this was an oddly paced issue. Much like JLA #1, it seems more like it’s imparting information instead of telling a story. Here’s the who, what, where, why, how of Vibe. It doesn’t work that good.

Everything seems forced, situations set up to make it so Cisco joins the JLA, but I never really got much of a uhm… vibe.. from him about wanting to be a super-hero. Agent Gunn shows up, shows Cisco has powers, and next thing he’s part of the JLA. And what was up with the picture? Why wasn’t that brought up again? That whole thing seemed odd.

The whole book had an odd feel to it. Decent art by Pete Woods.

3 out of 5

STK522414The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1
Published by: Oni Press
Written by: Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt
Penciled by: Brian Churilla

I’m glad to see Bunn & Hurtt doing a spin-off mini-series. When done right, with the right story, these can only help broaden the scope of the overall story in the main book. It’s the “done right, with the right story” part that causes issues most of the time. Most times see a spin-off, it’s just a one-off adventure. Hero, usually a B-level hero from a team book, goes on a solo adventure. Story ends, no one cares. But when done right, like Sons of the Gun, it adds to the over all mythos.

This issue tells a story about Bloodthirsty Bill, one of Hume’s henchmen and a former wielder of one of the Guns. Instead of being a flashback to how Bill met Hume and got the Gun, which would still be an important story to the mythos, we get to see what happens to Bill in the time between Hume’s imprisonment and the finding of the Sixth Gun. In fact, that’s what we get at the end of the issue.

The story is solid and fits in well with the rest of the world, the little things adding to and expanding it all. The fountain, the brief glimpses of other things, and even the other characters all broaden the world. Good stuff. Churilla’s art is close enough to Hurtts, but different enough, that the entire thing reads like an issue of the Sixth Gun.

4 out of 5

ws2012015covjpg-9d8716_800wWinter Soldier #15
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Latour
Penciled by: Nic Klein

I know that it’s not technically a #1, but it is the start of a new creative team and one pretty different from the previous, so it counts. Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice had been working on the Winter Soldier for a long time, even when he was Captain America, so a new team coming on board is pretty much a first issue.

Latour picks right up where Brubaker left off, which is a welcome relief. Normally a new writer takes over, they tend to leave the previous stuff behind, but Latour uses it to build his story from. At the same time, it does feel like a totally fresh and new beginning. It’s a credit to Latour because Brubaker didn’t really leave Winter Soldier wrapped up, he left Bucky in a bad place and Latour uses that.

Artistically Klein is pretty different from Guice. Both use similar layouts, which is nice, but the linework is different. Klein’s work isn’t as tight as Guices, but it’ll grow on me. He draws an excellent older Fury.

The one knock I could find was that the idea of cleaning up messes from Bucky’s past, or missions that tie directly to his past, could get old sooner rather then later. I’m hoping that Latour uses the first arc as a bridge and gives the Winter Soldier a solid direction. I’d like to see this book last for a long time.

4 out of 5

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