Review – Star Wars – Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #2 of 5

Script: John Jackson Miller
Pencils: Andrea Mutti
Inks: Pierluigi Baldassini
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Paul Renaud
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The adventures on Kesh continue with Spinner and Takara, the duo are left fighting for a way off the south pole only to stumble into powerful company. Given the numbers and toll taken on them from being in the sub-zero climate it’s fair to say they weren’t going to put up much of a battle.

Issue 2 takes off as they move into the home of their captors, finding rich diversity within and a strong sense of the force to go with it. With so many neutral members occupying the city it’s puzzling to both of the new visitors on why this is. Unfortunately, it only takes a few scuffles to draw down the real force and get the story moving. New information is brought forward about the Sith on the planet and so much of the folklore that has been written to this point.

Ultimate weapons, rituals and betrayal are all on the table and Spinner gives readers a chance to see behind his usual troublemaker ways into something much more defining and dangerous. For me I went from not a fan to wanting to slap him around for being ignorant but that’s just me. Miller does a great job developing character traits, I hate being in the middle on characters and the latest issue swept me right into a single decision. The back story on the world and battles that took place and the current state of affairs does help give greater understanding of the situation that culture faces and why they have focused on being in such a harsh climate. The little ends and pieces are all there to help channel where this is all going to wind up while also using a massive cliffhanger to torture people.

Lost Tribe of the Sith: Spiral #2 is a solid read and a fast one at that, Spinner and Takara really draw a line in the sand in this issue and all hell manages to break out during the process. Let’s just hope our warden can get her prisoner and his latest blunder under control before it’s too late.

Release date: September 12, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview (Coming Soon)

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – The Creep #1

Writer: John Arcudi
Art: Jonathan Case
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The Creep returns to us for a new issue, we join Oxel in his continued pursuit to find the truth about the suicide of a child belonging to one of his past romantic desires. Unfortunately we also see quite a bit of time has been lapsing since the #0 issue took the stage and a worried Stephanie is trying to keep Oxel fighting to find the truth after a disturbing series of investigations as he started the case. The period between those encounters hasn’t been kind, Oxel’s health is continuing to deteriorate and we see a very conflicted man pushing on through the story.

The problem seen in The Creep is that we’re leading nearly 3 stories at once and it’s also an investigative pursuit on top of all else. Honestly it’s frustrating to see so many elements at once but you can’t help but feel it’s taking on a cinematic approach of layering the madness until it comes to a boil. One can only hope the introductions of possible addiction and disillusionment don’t make this difficult case any more of a mess than it already is with so few leads available to Oxel.

It’s a hard job being a detective and it’s even worse with uncontrollable disease, physical disfigurement and a budget that barely allows for a cup of coffee. Oxel has his work cut out for him as he fights his own internal debate on how deep he wants to go with this case, seeing the situation of the families and the growing level of conflict between everyone can’t be that helpful. We do see signs of conviction coming back toward the final pages that show there’s some movement coming but one has to wonder if it’ll be enough to keep this nightmare scenario rolling?

I have faith in Oxel and while mixing booze and meds is certainly not a great idea on his part, I think he’ll be wise enough to get it together to face this whole situation head-on and give us some new twists as he gets his feet wet again.

Release Date: September 12, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview (Coming Soon)

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (AVX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Jorge Molina
Inks: Norman Lee
Colors: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover art: Stuart Immonen & Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel Comics

Taking place just after Avengers Vs. X-Men #10 we’re launched into Wolverine and the remaining X-Men gearing up for a war with the remaining Phoenix Force hosts. Scott and Emma are the last two remaining in the battle and their power has grown to intense levels, with Emma losing her grip on control the X-Men are forced to take on a battle they may never return from.

The issue is a social call in many ways and an attempt to cross over the members of the Jean Grey school with the Avengers to show some cross chemistry between them. We see new advancements to strike back at the Phoenix Duo as they reach new levels of power and the Phoenix itself is starting to leak through the cracks breaking their control. Hope steps forward to acknowledge her role in all of this while the Avengers get lost in trying to find solutions excluding her.

It’s a fun deviation from the regular story, although one has to wonder what will come next given we’re looking at so much possible salvation and hope for the group in these dark times. Will there be a happy ending? It seems doubtful but there are some major changes in the issue that support a turn around for the Avengers and X-Men that join them. We see some lost faces come back into the fray such as Xavier who was very much sprinkled in throughout the story until now and even Rachel.

For those following AVX and watching their pockets, this is a worthwhile investment as it brings some nice character building to the story. The only real downfall is how Molina handled the art for the issue, I have to say it’s really confusing to see these strange squished heads for Wolverine, Hope and a few others. The expressions are pretty good for the other mutants, environment and especially between Ice Man and Kitty as she gives the best eye roll I’ve seen in ages. Sometimes experimentation isn’t the best thing to do and it really showed on those few panels.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½