Review – Conan the Slayer #4 : Evil reveals its self!!

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

Conan the Slayer #4 kicks it up a notch with action in this arcs mid-point, In the cvudu9dweaetpsbfirst issue we briefly seen Kyrlo encounter with an unknown creature, the creature then promised to help Kyrlo take the crown form his father but not without granting the creature a favor in return.

A lot was reviled in the first few pages, for one the creature is a Ghul who has been wondering battlefields for ages, it also seems to enjoy death destruction, the Ghul is seen tracking Conan and company for reasons unknown. As for Conan, Taraslan and Oskana they are traveling on foot back to the village, and when they reach the village they are surprise to see Taraslan’s father’s funeral pyre. Knowing Kyrlo is the cause of Hetman’s death Conan confronts Kyrlo and calls him out in front of the village, A fight breaks out and when Conan mercilessly takes out all of Kyrlo’s followers, Conan’s savage nature is shown in this skirmish reminding the readers that he too can be as dangerous when he needs too.

With Kyrlo capture Conan suggest Taraslan should take out his brother to avoid future conflicts that will happen if he lives, but Taraslan doesn’t agree and instead he locks his brother away in a tent. Later that night Kyrlo is confronted by the Ghul who agrees to help him escape.

Conan and the others are attack by dragon like creatures summoned by the Ghul, the attack was just a distraction for Kyrlo as he is seen fleeing with one of the monsters, an angry Conan promises Taraslan that if he sends him after Kyrlo he will take him.

Conclusion: This was an action base issue this time around, although we do get a little back story about the Ghul, it looks as if the Ghul will be the main villain from here on out and that’s a good little twist for this arc. The most intriguing part of this issue is Conan’s ruthlessness when he confronted Krylo, at one point he was pulling Krylo by his hair and was going to throw him into the Hetman’s funeral pyre, for me I found that moment to be significant because most writers rarely write him that way and I found that to be refreshing.

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

Review: Conan The Slayer #3 : Lies and Betrayal

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics
Conan the Slayer #3
Cover by Admira Wijaya

Lies, Betrayal and treachery are the focal points in this issue, throw in a little death and you got yourself a classic Conan arc. The being of the issue the Lord of Kharwarism, Jehungir and an unknown sorcerer discuss the loss of his men, because of lies a lot of them have been either killed or missing and the suspects for this confusion are the Kozaks, because of Kyrylo’s obsession of becoming King he’s made moves that has put a target on the Kozak Tribe and now it looks as if Jehungir will attacking them soon.

We last seen Conan and company being attack by Trolls with no conclusion, it turns out the trolls had gotten the best of them and has taken them hostage. Conan meets a troll woman and in typical Conan fashion displays his crudeness towards her, she offers Conan his freedom but only if he becomes her mate, once again Conan refuses and the queen shoves a fish like object in his mouth which causes him to see the troll woman in a human form, at first he thought it was some kind of trickery but in actuality this is her true form.

Meanwhile Oksana, Taraslan and a Turan soldier are also having trouble figuring out what exactly are the trolls, each of them see something different, Oksana and Taraslan see sea like creatures while the Turan soldier sees demon hellspawns. A turning point in the issue is when the three of them talk about history between the neighboring tribes and the soldiers of Turan, its soon reveal to Taraslan and Osksana that Kyrylo is behind the attack.

Action picks up when Conan escapes from the woman and informs the others that their capturers aren’t trolls, sea monsters or better yet demons, in reality they are humans and their leader is a sorceress. A comedic moment happens when Conan and company leave the wounded Turan soldier behind for the sorceress.

The issue ends with Kyrylo pouring a salty like substance in to his  cup of tea and then walking it to his father as he sits.

Conclusion:  It looks as if we had hit the mid point of this arc and if I were to give this arc a rating it would be average at best, the reason being the pacing is extremely fast for my liken. But it does have its strong points, like the conflict between Kyrylo and Taraslan.

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

 

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter #2

  • Writer: David Lapham
  • Artist: Edgar Salazar
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter29662 started off with a good first issue, we establish a solid plot along with interesting characters. At the end of the first issue Quinlan was sent to a Gladiator school and after 3 years was known throughout Rome for his victories, he soon found himself fighting Spiculus a famous gladiator and warrior he respected.

When the two of them finally fought Quinlan defeat him due to his vampire abilities, the victory causes the emperor to become enraged and calling for his head. Again Quinlan is in situation where he has to run, at the same time Thax snuck inside the emperor’s walls and its assume takes him out. Later that night an attack setup by Thax, which was setup at the end of the first issue is finally commencing.

Surprisingly Spiculus and a few other gladiators come to aid them as they fight off Thax and his newly turned vampire’s, the fight was won but not without casualties, Quinlan’s only friend Bruk was bitten by a vampire and taken out by Quinlan. After hiding out for some time Quinlan is sold off to another slave owner only this time the man knows what Quinlan is and why he’s so different from the others like him.

He’s taken to a room that is dark and filled with mysterious objects and artifacts, the man walks Quinlan up to a curtain, he is told that someone important has come a long way to see him, the person behind the curtain is an Ancient Vampire. The Ancient Vampire tells Quinlan in history there were 4 others like him that they considered an abomination and that he cannot be allowed to live.

Conclusion:

The ground work Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter is coming along smoothly with David Lapham, the focus of the story stays around Quinlan and Thax, the two seem to have been destined to fight one another, and now that the Ancient Vampires have revealed themselves it looks as if things will get more exciting in the upcoming issues, and I can’t wait.

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

Review – Kingsway West #2

  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Artist: Mirko Colak
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Cover Artist: Mirko Colak

In the first issue it ended with Sonia getting kidnapped while Kingsway and Ah 29000Toy run into some trouble with local soldiers, we also get a glimpse of the main antagonist’s and their plans for the future.

Early on in the issue we get a flashback of Kingsway and Sonia telling each other stories of their experiences of war, with promise of a new future the two of them agree to leave their past behind them and look towards a new life together. Back in the present Kingsway saves Ah Toy from the soldiers that attack her and again she asks him to come defend his people, but Kingsway again shoots the offer down telling Ah Toy that the people he saved also turned on him for the Queens reward.

The issue takes an interesting turn when the two men we seen at the end of the first issue, who are now identify as Dr. Uhrmacher and Strode meet up with the woman with angel wings. We find out the Red Gold can give abilities, mutations and even bring back the dead. Clearly Red Gold is a precious commodity in the world of Kingsway and there’s many that would kill for it.

Conclusion:  While the story opened up a little bit more there are still a lot of question that will hopefully be answered, as of right now we only know the past of Kingsway and that Red Gold is powerful and hard to find. I find myself more interested in the antagonist then in Kingsway, again maybe that will change in future issues so I’ll wait until then.

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

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter #1

  • Writer: David Lapham
  • Artist: Edgar Salazar
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra

Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan’s The Strain: Mister Quinlan Vampire Hunter29661 #1 tells the story of a hybrid vampire name Quinlan and his counterpart Thrax as they live in ancient Rome. The story starts with a little back story of the main antagonist Thrax, he lived as the right hand vampire of Emperor Caligula, one night a group of assassins sneak in and attempt to take Caligula’s life, instead they interrupt’s Thrax as he feeds on a pregnant slave. The woman escapes and runs away, over time she transforms into a vampire because of Thrax. With Thrax on the run from roman guards the young woman takes refuge in a cave and eventually gives birth to a baby vampire who she names Quinlan, as time passed on the baby becomes a young adult, we see how his vampire abilities are different form the Thrax, the biggest difference is the immunity to sunlight.

Most vampires can’t survive in sunlight and Thrax is no different, Quinlan on the other hand is the exception, because of his immunity to sunlight he’s able to hunt during the day. While out looking for food and runs across roman soldiers and they chase him down and corner him in a remote cave, out of nowhere his mother arrives and takes out of the soldiers, the fight leaves his mother in a weaken state so he decides to go hunt for her, meanwhile Thrax heads back to Rome.

When Quinlan returns to his mother he shocked to find Thrax there with his mother’s decapitate body, finally face to face with the vampire who turned him and his mother Quinlan is to afraid to fight so he runs away. Months go by and Quinlan finds himself in Judea feeding on locals, one day come across a little boy and attempts to feed but is caught by hunters and thrown into a Gladiator school, there he meets Bruk a slave and together to two become friends with the same goal, to get revenge.

3 years pass and Quinlan becomes famous in the arena, the people call him Candidus (The White Warrior), late night another vampire sneaks in the school and attacks all the gladiators and one by one turning them all, finally we see that it’s Thrax.

Conclusion:  Good solid first issue with good character development for the protagonist and antagonist, the only problem I have is the time skips. With Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan names attach to this run, im interested on what twist and turns will happened in future issues

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Release Date: September 14, 2016

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

Review – Deadpool (2016) #17 : No more Mercs For Money!!

  • Writer: Gerry Duggan
  • Artist: Mike Hawthorne
  • Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
  • Cover Artist: Rafarl Albuquerque & Dave McCaig

DP #17

The partnership between Deadpool and the Mercs for Money has completely deteriorate, and being looked in a bank fault with the mercs, the tension has reach its end and the mercs find themselves in a battle royal, filled with witty and funny dialog the fight seems more like a joke then anything, but from the outside in it looks really bad considering the group is destroying public property like it’s nothing.

Finally S.H.E.I.L.D agent Emily Preston comes in and arrest’s everyone, with massive damage done to the city of Podunk, New Jersey Preston tells Deadpool he’s going to pay for all the damages, before leaving Preston warns Wade about the trouble he is causing and how it’s going to affect his Avengers status.

In custody the mercs ask Deadpool to lie about the damage done, and in court he tells the judge Kang was the reason they fought. The judge buys his story and frees them but under the condition he and the others must never come back to New Jersey, outside the court house Wade tells them they’re contracts are over and if he runs into any of them while on a mission he’ll take them out.  Now that the Mercs for Money is disbanded Wade heads over to agent Preston’s home for Sunday dinner but is rejected with a punch in the face from Emily.

The issue concludes with Wade heading back to his and Shiklah love pad and is surprise to find Jack the Wolf-Man, without saying anything he grabs his shotgun and shots Wolf-Man man despite Shiklah’s doubt he would do so.

Conclusion:  Not really much was going on is this issue besides the wrapping of the merc’s for money arc, like most Deadpool comics it’s filled with wise cracks and over the top action, one interesting note is what Preston said Deadpool. Will his actions eventually catch up to him and causes more friction between him and the Avengers?. Hopefully writer Gerry Duggan will focus on that later in any upcoming issues.

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

 

Review – KINGSWAY WEST #1

  • Writer: Greg Pak
  • Artist: Mirko Colak
  • Colorist: Wil Quintana
  • Cover Artist: Mirko Colak

After spending thirteen years in a war that made him a monster, a Chinese 28999gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to live in peace with his wife, Sonia. But even in a fantastical Old West crackling with magic, a man of his skills can never quite disappear. So when a woman with a red-gold sword brings bloody chaos to his doorstep, Kingsway must fight for his life, his wife, and his very soul.

KINGSWAY WEST is an interesting tale, think once upon a Time mixed with a little Sci-Fi Western then add some Chinese folk lore and you get Kingsway west. The first issue establishes the world of Kingsway and its main protagonist Kingsway Law. The world has been torn apart by war and because of that it looks as if every state has its own kingdom, when we first meet Kingsway Law he is hiding out in the snowy mountains of the Golden City Dead Zone.

He comes encounters some Chinese soldiers and after a brief skirmish which leaves him passed out, he’s later found by an Mexican woman name Sonia who he ends up bonding with. The story jumps to 5 years later and now Kingsway Law seems fully adapted to the terrain, we also find out he and Sonia are married. Action picks up when a woman with a dragon comes looking for Kingsway, she approaches him and ask’s if he knew the Kingsway, not knowing if she is after his head, Kingsway decides to lie to her as the woman leaves Kingsway notices an explosion  where his home is located.

The issue ends with Kingsway arriving at the explosion site and sees the woman he had lied to earlier in trouble with nearby Chinese soldiers who are looking for red gold, the soldiers continue to push the woman around but Kingsway takes them out before they can cause more harm to her, she realizes that he is actually the man she was looking for. Meanwhile two men who appear to be at a ship of sorts are talking, a woman with angel wings walks up to them and they ask her to check out an area signal they tracked on too, it seems the two men plan on taking the red gold and using it for something big in the future.

Conclusion:

Writer Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk, X-Men) gives a Sci-Fi Western in Kingsway West, filled with fantasy elements and western culture, the world of Kingsway is unconventional which makes it a fresh and original story despite it being new. The Artwork by Mirko Colak ( Red Skull, Secret Warriors) is amazing, his work is clean and nicely detail making it easy to depict whats going on.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

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

Review: Conan The Slayer #2 : A new threat on the horizon

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

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    Cover by Serigo Davila

The issue jumps off with Kyrylo runs into a demonic corpse like creature who surprise Kyrylo by telling him solve all his problems with a pact, being the cruel and conniving man that he is, Kyrylo makes a pact with the unknown creature.

After surviving his deadly battle Conan has taking refuge in the Kozaki Camp in order to heal, it looks as if Conan has found his place among its people. The leader Myklo has shown a lot of trusts in Conan despite the manner the two have met, with Conan watching over his sons Myklo seems to think everything is good with him and his sons but Conan hints that the oldest son Kyrylo is not to be trusted and that his blind eye towards his sons could play against him in the future.

On a mission to find the missing scouts, Conan, Oksana and Taraslan come across a totem like corpse with mysterious symbols written over it, taking it as a warning sign they toward around but are quickly ambushed by unknown armored soldiers, Conan and company easily dispatch the armor soldiers leaving one alive, assuming the soldiers were paid off he questions the man only to find out that the youngest made a deal he didn’t fulfill, At that moment Conan is hit in the head by someone. Oksana and Taraslan are shocked when they see two giant size trolls walking up to them.

Conclusion: Conan The Slayer #2 features everything a true Conan story features, that’s betrayal, action, and mystery, the question is when this arc hits its conclusion will it be an entertaining or will it be just another story upon many of its kind. As for right now it’s a little too early to judge, once it hits the 5th and 6th issue is when you can really give it a proper review, But for now I’ll say it’s starting off pretty well. The writer Cullen Bunn seems to understand the lore of the Conan franchise and the tone of which it’s been establish in recent runs by other writers and for that I’m kind of optimistic towards this arc.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

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

Review – Spider-man/Deadpool #2 (2016)

Writer: Joe Kelly
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Cover Arist: Ed McGuinness
Published by: Marvel Comics

...is your boss Peter Parker an evil genius or just an evil villain? Mostly that last one

D&S #2
Courtesy of Marvel.com

Someone wants Peter Parker dead and they hired the merc with the mouth to do it, While Deadpool is willing to take out Parker, he doesn’t wanted to do it without having a legitimate reason. Whoever is behind this contract on Peter Parker’s head has a serious beef with him, the evidence they have sent to Deadpool was enough for him to accept the job, but Deadpool is not as gun hoe now as he was in the past, and so he confronts Spider-man not knowing that their one in the same, Deadpool asks for his help.
Peter Parker on the other hand is still getting used to being a CEO and the press that comes along with it, his company presents their newest tech that has something to do with biorhythmic monitoring, After the presentation Parker hits the streets city and comes across Deadpool and Spider-Man (Morales) having it out about who’s the real Spider-Man, Peter interrupts and the three of them have it out, but out of nowhere the Goblin Nation attacks and the Spider-Men assume Deapool is in league with them, in actuality Green Goblin is not attacking them, it seems while they were fighting someone or something hit them with an unknown toxin. Deadpool finally gets them to settle down and the three of them figure out, someone has hacked the webware network connected to his biometric interface and reverse the process, usually the device compiles information for the user, now it was used to project information into the user’s brain.

At one of the labs of Parker industries it appears Mysterio is behind the hack, his plan is to have the people turn on Parker, and just as he’s about to finish his monologue speech Deadpool and company crash in and like deadpool fashion runs over Mysterio. Deadpool surprises everyone when he does CPR on unmasked Quentin Beck.

When it’s all done the two part ways and Deadpool continues to investigate the Lab, he walks into a run and sees a bunch doctors experimenting on arm and leg less people, they first mistake him for Parker, but so quickly realized that it’s Deadpool. Feeling deceived Deadpool attacks everyone in the room, He then calls a man called Patient Zero and informs him that he’s all in on taking down Peter Parker.

Conclusion: Surprisingly this arc isn’t as comedic I anticipated it to be but it still has its moments, while Deadpool isn’t the wisecracking psycho he normally would be, I like that fact he has a more serious side. When Spider-Man (Parker) and Deadpool are tracking the signal of the hacker, peter tries to apologies but Deadpool doesn’t really accept it, instead he just gives him a “whatever” and they keep tracking the signals location, Again for me I like that about this version of Deadpool. The reveal of Deadpools employer was nice surprise, makes me wonder how he’s going to react in the upcoming issues when he finds Spider-Man and Peter Parker are the same.

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

Review – Guardians of The Galaxy #5 (2015)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Valerio Schiti

Cover: Art Adams

GOG #5
Courtesy of Marvel.com

Published by: Marvel Comics

Last Raccoon standing! The Guardians face their toughest battle ever and aren’t going to make it out the same way they came in!

Things continue to get worst for the Guardians, after barely surviving an attack from Hala the Accuser, Peter and company are again attacked but this time by Yotat and like Hala he’s hell bend on taking out Drax and the other guardians, Peter doesn’t understand why Yotat is attacking them and he tries to reason with him but Yotat isn’t having it, but kitty gives us some insight of why Yotat is so gun hoe about killing them. 3 months ago the guardians where on Knowhere when they ran into Yotat for the first time, He was extorting some local traffickers when Kitty Pride steps in and Drax attacks him for behind and Rocket blast’s him with a rocket and like that the fight ends. We also get an appearance of the Knowhere Corps, they come and take Yotat away.

Back in the present time Peter finds Gamora and calls for medics to come take her, we then get a brief glimpse of baby Groot, Meanwhile Peter and the council members are discussing the fate of Hala and Yotat, Peter becomes angry when the council agrees to give Hala back to the Kree and place the blame of the attack on Spartax all on him, they try to arrest him but Kitty phases him out and they escape Spartax. Issue ends with Annihilus and Brood Queen hinting that their plan of having Spartax over throw Peter was a success and now is the perfect time for them to make a move.

Conclusion: This was a closing of the first many subplots in this arc, while it didn’t have a crazy plot twist or conclusion, it did bring back Peter as full time member of the team. The question now is, will he take over as leader? And will he take the mental of Star Lord again?.

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Release Date: Out Now

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