This week for New Comic Book Day, we’re kicking things off with the fantastic Aliens: Dead Orbit, just in time for Alien Day! However, that’s not all we’ve got for you as this week also brings us Old Man Logan fighting through space and time and a coming of age Supergirl story.
As always, this is just a sample of the new books out this week; you can check out everything that came out this week on our website.
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Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
By: James Stokoe
Gonna be upfront and honest here. I’ve been looking forward to this before any artwork was shown. Knowing James Stokoe from his other works, like Orc Stain and Godzilla – Half Century War, I knew this was going to be a fest for the eyes. I love Stokoe’s style. That high color and tiny scratchy detail make it a pleasure to look at. It’s also good that he’s an excellent storyteller.
This is a new cast of characters on a new ship above a new planet, which makes it an easy jumping on point for anyone. Even if you’ve never seen Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film, you can still buy this comic and enjoy it. Although watching the film will help in understanding the horror of these creatures, it’s not a necessity.
From this first issue, Dead Orbit looks to be an exciting slow-paced thriller. We all know what the Xenomorphs are capable of. We know what they can do, but can you watch while someone else finds out? [Martin M. at TFAW.com]
By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen
Jeff Lemire’s final arc of Old Man Logan has been a fantastic read so far. Old Man Logan #22 continues that streak by providing another solid story. In this issue, Logan finds himself transported back to his first fight with Hulk and Wendigo. The setting gives Lemire an opportunity to present some new twists to this story that any Wolverine fan will love.
The art by Eric Nguyen is impressive and you’ll have no problem following the action. His run on Old Man Logan has been a treat and I’d love to see him on future Marvel books.
The Past Lives arc has been one of Lemire’s best stories and you won’t want to miss an issue. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
By: Mariko Tamaki, Joëlle Jones
It’s not easy being super, as Kara Danvers can likely attest to. In this third issue, Mariko Tamaki continues to tell a brilliant coming-of-age story. In fact, the story feels like it would make the perfect vehicle for a new Supergirl movie.
Surprisingly, the book asks more questions than it answers. However, I’m confident that Tamaki can pull off a solid landing in the final book.
The art by Joelle Jones is still fantastic. Jones and Tamaki make an amazing team that I’d like to see tackle more DC books in the future.
It’s a shame that Supergirl: Being Super is only four issues long, as this miniseries is one of DC’s best. If you’ve yet to check out this comic, you’re missing out on one of the hottest books DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]
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If all of that sounds confusing, you’re not alone. Moon Knight has never been the most accessible hero. And it’s not the sort of thing we expect from Marvel with his demigods, billionaire heroes and voluptuous vixens.
In writer Jeff Lemire’s hands, the book feels like a title from an independent publisher, not mighty Marvel. Instead of giving you straightforward answers about Moon Knight and his situation, he gives a partial answer, but then raises more doubts and questions. While that could come off as frustrating, in Lemire’s hands it’s gold.
Amazing too is the issue’s artwork. Tapping four different artists, Moon Knight 5 takes us on a journey where each flip of the page brings the reader to a different reality with completely distinctive feels. As many colorists also contribute to the mood – giving you the feeling you’re reading four different – but amazing – books.
As the last installment in the initial story arc, Lemire gives us a satisfying conclusion yet few answers. That’s no easy task, and sets up his challenge as he starts the second arc (where our hero will produce a big budget movie about Moon Knight).
So if you are a fan of straightforward superhero storytelling, this is a title to skip. But if you are looking for a flawed hero, great writing and artwork as well as a mystery with more layers than an onion, Moon Knight may be your thing.
Moon Knight #5, Marvel Comics, Released Aug. 3, 2016, Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Greg Smallwood, Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla and James Stokoe, Color by Jordie Bellaire, Michael Garland, Francesco Francavilla and James Stokoe, Lettering by VC’s Cory Petit; $3.99.
Review by Tom Smithyman