Star Trek Boldly Go #1 - IDW

Set during the final few minutes of the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Boldly Go #1 focuses on the interim during the construction of the new Enterprise. The crew has been separated and dispersed to different ships during this time; Captain Kirk finds himself temporarily in command of the U.S.S. Endeavor, taking lead command of a ship comprised mostly of recent Star Fleet graduates. As to where everyone else has landed, I’ll let the reader figure that out for themselves, as it’s a big part of the fun discovering what everyone is currently up to.

"Dynast" Dana Keels IG/Twitter @hatandwand
“Dynast” Dana Keels
IG/Twitter @hatandwand

Mike Johnson (Star Trek-Green Lantern The Spectrum War) and Tony Shasteen (Star Trek) continue their scribe and artist roles, respectively, in this new series. The difficult thing with issue #1’s have always been to grab the readers attention, enough so that they’ll return for issue #2. Johnson’s Trek storytelling craft has been fine tuned, and this is no problem for the seasoned Trek scribe. The script is lined with surprises, Easter eggs, and enough witty banter to keep turning the pages. Shasteen’s artwork nails the look of the films, and elevates the book with its vivid yet realistic renderings and colors. Star Trek Boldly Go is a book you shouldn’t miss. Boldly Go and pick this one up! 4.5/5 Bibles.

The Lost Boys #1 - Vertigo
THE LOST BOYS #1 – Vertigo

The Lost Boys is a strange property for me. It’s a movie I’ve never seen before that everyone who has even just the slightest familiarity with my tastes has told me I’d love. The Lost Boys #1, written by Tim Seeley (Grayson, Revival) with art by Scott Godlewski (Copperhead) and colors by Trish Mulvihill (Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets), is intended to be a sequel to that movie and if it’s an accurate representation of the tone and story of the movie, then I think everyone might be right.

Kevin "Pastor" Palma (on left) @eggrollko
Kevin “Pastor” Palma (on left)

This issue was a lot of fun and successfully captured the feel of a lot of the 80’s teen action/adventure movies. The story itself is pretty simple and surprisingly easy to grasp for someone who has never seen the movie. Honestly, I’m actually glad I’m reading this first. As much fun as the movie might be, I’ve seen the story of new people discovering that there’s an entire world of supernatural monsters and fighting back plenty of times before, so it is fun to just be thrown into this world where everyone already knows about the supernatural and now everything is expanding and escalating. The art is pretty great as well. The facial expressions Godlewski gives the characters makes them feel like real people and some of the panel layouts are great as well. The layout showing the main action scene towards the end makes for a gorgeous page. Mulvihill’s colors are great as well. Her use of shadows and dark spaces really adds an element of creepiness that reminds you that this is still a horror comic. Overall, this issue was a fun read that makes me want to watch the movie once I’m done with this series and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who, like me, is a fan of those teen action/adventure movies of that era, but just hasn’t happened to see this one. 4/5 Lost Girls.

Solo #1 - Marvel
SOLO #1 – Marvel

I have no idea what’s going on.

"Dangerous Disciple" Dan Witt
“Dangerous Disciple” Dan Witt

Since Marvel’s move to change everything from the classic, awesome universe we used to know and love, to an incoherent mess that is the current Marvel Comics Universe, that sentiment has pretty much been my reaction to everything. No different here with Solo. Yes, it’s a good thing to reinvent, and it’s a good thing to come up with new and interesting characters, but dammit, how many times am I going to quote Conor McGregor and ask, “Who da fook is that guy?!”.

Sure, Solo #1 is good. I enjoyed it. Consider it the Call of Duty of the MCU; big, loud, and shiny, Solo’s a super-badass SHIELD agent going around killing terrorists. His costume sucks, but it’s a cool concept. However aside from Dum Dum Duggan, I couldn’t place a single person, place or thing, and therefore, I have absolutely zero fucks. Couldn’t relate, couldn’t care less. 2/5 Bibles.

Infamous Iron Man #1 - Marvel

…because, why not another Iron Man title? Joining Brian Michael Bendis‘ other pair of Invincible and International Tony

"Monsignor" Travis Moody @TravMoody
“Monsignor” Travis Moody

Stark books is the one most infamous of them all: Victor von Doom. Man, this tinman deserves a series on the basis of influence for hip-hop emceee MF DOOM alone. But, seriously, if you’ve been following Bendis’ uber quality Invincible series (a personal favorite Marvel title of mine, ATM), then the premise of why Doom dons Stark’s armor is a slick one. You don’t get too many answers, here, in the opener of course; in typical Marvel fashion, we reference, we plug, we take you back to.. Dark Reign?!??

Usual exposition aside, what you do get with Infamous Iron Man #1 are sketches full of Alex Maleev‘s grimacing noir, which mightily contrasts with a man-named-Doom’s new, sunnier disposition (not to mention hand-in-hand with Matt Hollingsworth color pop). The tone is set. Bottom line, kids? You’ll pump your first when the new silver-shellhead pawns a pair of villains like only he can. He might have an innocent face, a new costume, and a forgiving soul–but he’s still the most bad-ass Marvel villain of all. 4/5 Tin Bibles.

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