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411’s Comic Reviews: Old Man Hawkeye #1, The Avengers #675, More

January 18, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Now on with the show!

The Lost Fleet: Corsair

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Battlestar Galactica meets Captain America in this gripping new graphic novel on the New York Times best-selling military science fiction novels by Jack Campbell.

Written by series author Jack Campbell, and brought to illustrated life by Andre Siregar & Bambang Irawan, with colors from Sebastian Cheng.

Set after the end of a century-old war between two space empires, the Alliance and the Syndics, Corsair centers on the story of Captain Michael Geary, missing in action after the Syndic ambush that almost destroyed the spacefleet John “Black Jack” Geary had to get home, against all odds! Forming an uneasy pact with rebel Syndics led by Destina Aragon, Michael Geary sets out to save not only fellow prisoners but their jailors, too – on the run from a government chafing at defeat and determined to crush any uprising! Can he live up to the legend surrounding his family name “Black Jack” Geary has carved – or will he die trying?

Jack Campbell is the pen name of John G. Hemry, a retired U.S. Navy officer, who grew up living everywhere from Pensacola, Florida to San Diego, California, including an especially memorable few years on Midway Island. His U.S. Navy assignments included service on the USS Spurance, and roles at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Navy Operational Intelligence Center. As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels, published by Titan Books in the UK and Ace in the United States.

The Lost Fleet: Corsair graphic novel hits stores on April 17.

Alisik #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Written by Hubertus Rufledt with haunting art by Helge Vogt, Alisik is a cross between Emily The Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.

When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened … and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.

“Alisik started as a short animation I did during my time at Disney – something different, a bit darker, but not horror. Hubertus liked it so much, that we wanted to make a comic series out of it,” said Alisik co-creator and artist Helge Vogt, “Alisik became a part of my life. It’s the best I’ve done so far, and I’m thrilled that it’s coming out English!”

Featuring an all-new cover by superstar artist, Junko Mizuno (Ravina the Witch?), Alisik #1 will hit stores and digital devices on February 28, 2018.

Brilliant Trash #3

Review by Stephen Gustafson

“Kennedy and superman-for-hire Jim Heller are pursued by FDA agents and salaried cyborgs, in the underground world of black market medical technology! Another pulse-pounding adventure of anarchy and attitude!

A sci-fi superhuman epic from Tim Seeley, the writer of Revival and Grayson, and breakout art sensation Priscilla Petraites!”

If you need to get caught up with Brilliant Trash, now’s the time. To help you: In the days to come, a super powered teenage girl wipes the heavily disputed Old City of Jerusalem from the face of the globe. Now, in American dystopia after the “Lady Last Word Incident”, a click-bait headline writing “journalist” holds the key to a med-tech conspiracy that could turn people into gods for the price of days off their lives. But in a world where news is tailored to every viewpoint, will anyone believer her?

Writer Tim Seeley and artist Priscilla Petraites put team up to deliver one of the most dazzling stories on the comics shelf. Brilliant Trash is a book I can reach for when someone is complaining about the lack of originality in comic books.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Old Man Hawkeye #1

Review by RobF

One of the most interesting characters to come out of ‘Secret Wars’ is Old Man Logan. His world, one overrun by villains, is a story dying to be explored further. One of the few heroes who survived is Hawkeye, an old broken-down shell of himself. How did he get this way? Old Man Hawkeye, by Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto, attempt to fill in the blanks.

Despite the absence of the original creative team, this prequel has no trouble capturing the look and feel of the original series. OML’s world is a bleak, desolate place. All the heroes are scattered or dead. Logan refuses to fight, leaving Hawkeye holding the torch. In the opening pages we find Hawkeye helping Justin Hammer with a smuggling run when the two are ambushed by a gang of Multiple Men. Once again, his extraordinary sense of sight bails them out of a dangerous situation. Seeing a younger, vital Hawkeye with all his facilities only makes what to come more tragic.

Knowing his time is limited Hawkeye makes a to-do list which includes attempting to recruit OML for a revenge mission and visiting his estranged daughter. In the end the future storylines unfold as the remaining Madrox wants revenge and a familiar marshal recognizes a heroes’ handiwork.

Marco Checchetto keeps the spirit of the OML universe alive with his artwork. He adds his own touches but keeps it recognizable. The flashback of the death of the Black Widow is a particularly powerful image.

While I think 12 issues is excessive for OMH, this limited series starts off strong. Let’s hope for more cameos and details about the fall of the heroes.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

The Avengers #675

Review by John Pumpernickel

If you’ve found yourself wondering when the next Avengers crossover was going to hit, worry no more! “No Surrender” is here and we’ve got doozy of a story for you.

If you’re looking for danger, prepare to see the Avengers come together to save people from…natural disasters. OK, not the worst set up you could have but it didn’t quite capture my interest.

While it’s nice to get a full roll call of Avengers, I found Voyager forced and I’ve grown used to the flimsy excuses writers use to take out the heavy hitters on the team so the rest of the squad can get some shine.

Writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub put together a tad underwhelming set up, free of giant twists or reveals, and it’s just enough to get me to come back for the second issue but not by much. Pepe Larraz art is solid and worthy of the Avengers.

While not quite “Must Read”, “No Surrender” is a solidly good book with a twist of “hope things pick up next issue”.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

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