10/12/16 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Reborn #1

 

MARK MILLAR & GREG CAPULLO join forces to create the smash hit sci-fi / fantasy story of the year: REBORN. Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you—the good and the bad.

Welcome to a world where instead of going to heaven or hell when you die, you get to go to a High Fantasy AU of your life!  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want to be signed up for that.  Fighting dragons, defending the people, that sounds like my type of afterlife.

Reasons to pick this one up:  There’s a killer story line waiting to happen.  There’s also dragons, and sword fights, and the art is fantastic.

Reasons to avoid: It might be a bit too graphic for some people.

Runner Up:

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Grimm Vol 2 #1 and #2

What do Juliette, Adalind, Truble and Rosalee have in common? They’re the women in the life of Portland’s own Grimm, Nick Burkhardt, and they’re about to cross paths in a way they’d never expect! Set during the tumultuous fourth season of the hit television show, Juliette’s struggles to come to terms with becoming a Hexenbiest draw her into conflict with a new Wessen threat, and she finds she has nowhere to turn except her most hated enemy, Adalind! That’s right, the woman who impersonated Juliette and slept with Nick! Written by Caitlin Kittredge, the author behind the Nocturne City and Iron Codex novels (among many others) and Coffin Hill for Vertigo, with art by rising newcomer Maria Sanapo!

Juliette may have the incredible power of a Hexenbiest, but not the control that can allow her to trust herself, and when her and Rosalee’s investigation into a string of murderous Wesen art thefts requires intimidation, who better to take lead than the one Grimm left in Portland, Trubel!

So the reason these are both listed here as the runner ups is because a few weeks ago I neglected to pick up the first one not realizing that it was the tie-in to the show that I had been looking forward to.  Grimm Vol 2 follows the women in Grimm as they face their own challenges without Nick or any of the other male main characters.  Except Wu.  Wu makes a fantastic appearance.  There was also mention of calling Monroe, but he never actually showed up.  Damn shame too, since Monroe is my favorite.

Reasons to pick up:  It’s the women of Grimm and also covers the period during Season 4 when Juliette was still discovering her Hexenbiest powers.  It really covers a lot of stuff with what was going on in Juliette’s head that probably should have been included in the show.

Reasons to avoid: To be fair, the art, while beautiful on it’s own, made it hard for me to recognize the characters.  That was one reason I didn’t pick the first issue up when it came out because I didn’t recognize any of them on the cover.  (The second issue I recognized Trubel right away, which was how I knew I had screwed up the last time).

 

 Honorable Mention:

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Year One Interlude: Young Barbara Ann Minerva is thrust on a quest for answers to the Amazons’ most ancient secrets.

Well, that at least helps me with some back story that I am sorely short on.

 

 

 

 

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Rey has been captured by the evil First Order! Meanwhile, Finn plans a mission with the Resistance in order to save Rey and destroy Starkiller Base! Only the vicious Kylo Ren stands in their way…

Five volumes in I might as well buy all of it now.  But, oh, look, cute little Stormpilot and FinnRey hug.  I see no difference.

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