Comic List Last Week -May.26.13- Preview

As I said my weekly list of comics that I’ve read will be back soon and here it is with four comics this time and most of them are a good read.

jk00001Helheim #3 by Cullen Bunn and Joelle Jones: I liked this issue even more because it had even more characterization. Rickard from a week boy becomes are fearless warrior who dies in battle, a witch who is his lover brings him back from the dead as a creature named Draugr and now in this issue he becomes something even more monstrous but with a free will. He chooses to wage war on both witches his onetime enemy and his lover who have been manipulating and destroying both his land and its people.

Cullen Bunn continues to weave an intriguing story and with Helheim #3 he establishes his hero and sets him on his own path accompanied by a new ally. Joelle Jones and colorist Nick Fillardi continue to provide excellent art. All in all a thrilling issue which makes me anticipate issue #4 even more!

Uber #1 by Kieron Gillen and Caanan White: There is so much Uber 001 (2013) (1920px) (Darkness-Empire) 002going in this comic that only the tiniest of hints will be a spoiler. From page one and through the whole issue it’s a real thrill, with plots, references and storylines based on real people and facts from the WW 2 era. The cool thing is that it’s done with an absolute respect without making it a parody this is something difficult to accomplish especially if you want to say it your way without giving any interest in research. Kieron respects the history and weaves elements of it in his story making it true and believable and all the more an exciting comic book. It’s not a superhero comic by far, the “power”s is just an aspect of the whole comic the people and what they are living in WW2 is where the whole story lays and this is what makes it a remarkable read.

Also Caanan White has leveled up his art in this issue its big, its detailed, it’s great in general it’s a lot better than #0. In general Uber #1 is a great comic even better than #0 story and art wise  and I enjoyed it it to its fullest!

Cable-and-X-Force-08-(2013)-(Digital)-(G85-Nahga-Empire)-01Cable & X-Force #8 by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca: The art in this issue is amazing; Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata are doing a superb job. Visually its one of the best comics out there with splash pages and big panels with dynamic art, colors and action scenes. Story wise the arc is tied up and ended nicely in a way that Cable succeeds in preventing a fatale future for earth although his actions do have consequences he will deal next issue as he confronts his “uncle”. Dennis Hopeless does a perfect job of building characterization and in this issue we see from amusing to creepy character interaction. It was a fun comic for me this specific issue and I enjoyed even more than I expected.

Thunderbolts #9 by Daniel Way and Phil Noto: This comic In Thunderbolts-009-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Nahga-Empire)-01this issue we see who the is the man hiding behind the whole gamma gadget tinkering and selling it to the black market which I will not reveal  but I was pleased of his return, this was unexpected addition to the story. The art is not the best I like it more than Steve Dillon’s not because its better but it’s more fluid and suits more  the title in its action scenes but I know Phil Noto can do even better  I’m a fan of his from way back. The thing that still makes me feel uncomfortable is that we don’t see the full personality of all the characters but aspects, it is a team book but still I would like to see them in character. The interaction and only would be dynamic.

I will continue to read it after all it features one of my favorite roasters where only two characters have their own title and are not on other super teams. So yes I read this comic for Electra, Punisher, Red Hulk, Venom and Deadpool and I will continue to read it for a while.

So this is it guys I know it is a small list but it’s the ones I like and will continue for some reason or other and I would recommend to others to check out.


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Helheim #1 – a real review

Helheim is a new comic which its first issue circulated about a week ago by Oni Press. Its creative team consists of writer Cullen Bunn, Joelle Jones who does the pencils and the colorist Nick Filardi. Helheim was pitched as a story by Cullen Bunn and what a great idea he had!

Previous to its release I didn’t know much about Helheim except that it was something new by Cullen Bunn mentioned here and there on the internet. I read Cullen’s Venom & Fearless Defenders which I like very much so I decided to give Helheim a chance! After all writers tend to let their talent free on comics which aren’t burden with decades of continuity and I was in for a big surprise!


A trap in Viking village!

I always go through the pages of a comic just to get a thrill and level up the anticipation of reading it. So first impression was OK! Yet another comic nicely drawn placed in Scandinavian territory with its warriors and battles! Actually it was a lot more. As I was reading it, each time when I thought that the story was at the end it kept going on in an unpredictable way; this happened three times and gave me such a thrill especially because it was the number one issue of a new comic! Protagonist, cast, background and villain were all delivered in this issue but not revealing all elements and aspects leaving you the need for more!

An impressive cover front!

An impressive cover front!

Cullen Bunn has succeeded in creating a small part of a Viking world, combining a warrior’s need to fight and self-sacrifice, love and how it can twist you, loyalty and how far you will go to keep it and magic used in all the wrong ways or maybe not! Visually Joelle Jones captures you with her storytelling, without being extravagant but keeping it simple and focusing nicely on the characters expressions something that I love in an artist’s work! Even the coloring by Nick Filardiand the lettering by Ed Brisson tie in beautifully with the rest of the artwork giving a wholesome sense of a well done comic!

I could go on and on about Helheim but I would be giving out spoilers. So for those who haven’t read it yet just go and get it and you will be truly entertained …and don’t forget this is the #1 issue of a much promising new comic book!

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