Monday, March 14, 2011
Comic Quickies or Clash of the Titans
This issue kicks it into high gear early on with a mission set in Russia where we get a taste of the team's abilities as they battle it out with henchmen, and my comic reading highlight of the month: a battle with a cyber-bear! The battle is awesome, and there's a nice little nod to Stephen King's cyber-bear, Shardik in there as well. From there The Intrepids gives some more back story, and sets up the teams next target, the awesomely named Darius Dread, and what looks to be the main bad-guy, Doctor Koi. From the looks of things there's some bad blood between Doctor Koi, and Dante, the team's handler and backer. The issue ends with everything set up quite nicely for the second issue.
Overall, this was an exciting debut issue complete with solid writing and some unique and cool looking art. I spoke to both the writer, Kurtis J. Wiebe and the artist, Scott Kowalchuk at comicon, and they're super nice dudes, and were excited to hear I'd picked up their comic. They both warned me that though the first issue is quite awesome, the second issue is off the hook. I can't wait. Definitely one of my most eagerly anticipated comics.
There's a new planet in the solar system, and Axe Cop and Dinosaur Soldier are pretty sure it's a bad guy planet. Before they can head back to the Axe Cop station and do some tests, they get held up by the normal cops for speeding. One faint bomb and some stolen tires later, they are at Axe Cop Station, and discover that the new planet is growing super duper fast and that it'll soon squish the earth. It seems like a simple fly to space and explode the planet mission, but the normal cops, the army, and a couple of psychic bad guys who, have stolen a powerful machine, and can shape shift are messing up the plans. It looks like the fate of the earth depends on Axe Cop, and his team.
This first issue was pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the brother creative team of Ethan and Malachai Nicolle. Lots of crazy and weird things happening, and little to no idea where this thing is going, but you know it will be awesome. Bad Guy Earth is shaping up to be yet another awesome comic.
Three really great things happen in this issue, the first, that I already mentioned, is the revelation of a new food-power. The second is the fact that John Colby really gets to shine in this issue, and it is absolutely hilarious. The way he goes about cracking a case is unorthodox to say the least, but incredibly effective. The final great thing is that we get to see a bit more of Olive Chu, Tony's daughter. She was a great surprise addition to the series and I'm looking forward to learning more about her and her backstory.
Not too surprisingly, another great issue of Chew.
It was nice to see a little bit of character development on the part of the ladies as they had only been side characters up till that point. It'll be pretty interesting to see how their story turns out. From the way things are set up, the next story arc looks to be quite awesome.