The Comic Round Up column aims to get some words down on comics published for the week. This weeks reviews are handled by a handful of former Russian AT-AT pilots. There's just too many great books coming out from Valiant, BOOM!, Monkeybrain, and Dark Horse that don't get enough attention. We hope to rectify this issue and inform you on what it is you should be reading and what makes it to the tops of our buy piles.
This week we are reviewing The Victories, Six Gun Gorilla, Shadowman, Hawken: Melee, Suicide Risk, and Herobear And The Kid: Inheritance. All with a sweet piece of ptichie moloko. Delicious!
The Victories #7Story by Michael Avon Oeming
Art by Michael Avon Oeming
Cover by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Aaron Walker
Mike Newhouse-Bailey: Issue 2 of the new arc is going to be remembered for some time. The Victories are currently locked up and their leader is a traitor. D.D. Lau is their only hope.
In an issue that features a large number of heroes in their underpants, Oeming manages to pack in the action mixed in with a good amount of heart. I won't play the spoiler on this one, but there is a shocking and powerful scene that will have a major impact on the series going forward.
This series is a fresh take on the superhero genre that has been a fun ride thus far. After the events of this issue take effect, I am really excited about the direction this series is moving. Fans of Powers should be reading this title.
The second arc appears to be as good, or even better, than the first arc and I hope this ongoing series has enough of a fan base to move forward.
Verdict: Buy it
Six Gun Gorilla #6
Story by Simon Spurrier
Art by Jeff Stokely
Cover by Ramon Perez
Lettered by Steve Wands
Mike Newhouse-Bailey: The final issue of this series brought a fitting ending to a series that I struggled with. I loved the concept of it, but felt it seemed forced at times. I am pleased to report that the conclusion to this series was both exciting and satisfying.
Blue wanted to die and sold himself to the psychic television show in order to perish in front of a viewing audience. He was saved by a gun wielding gorilla and is the biggest threat to the BlueTech-PV Corporation.
Spurrier did a marvelous job pacing the growth and development of Blue. Blue finally grew into the character the people wanted him to be and was able to effectively take down BlueTech-PV. Stokely's art is fitting for this series and does a nice job executing both emotional scenes and the over-the-top battles.
This issue has reinvigorated me on the series and I think a re-read is in order. Spurrier left the door open for this to transition to an ongoing title and it will be interesting to see if it continues.
Verdict: Check it out