New Comic Book Day highlights some of the best books released this week.
Here we are, as always, with another week of comic book glory upon us. This being the final week of July I am absolutely excited to dig into today’s released. I’ve been waiting for months for a few of these books to land, and today is the day. So, without anymore delay lets get into today’s picks for NCBD…
Written By: Raffaele Ienco
Art By: Raffaele Ienco
Published: July 27, 2016 by Image Comics
First off, before I even get into this book, which was absolutely amazing, allow me to say that I had no freaking clue that Raffaele Ienco could write. I knew he could draw with a ferocity because Symmetry is one of my favorite books, and his artwork on that is stellar. Yet, here in this book what I saw was not only an amazingly talented artist, but a guy who also writes like a beast…and frankly I’m super jealous. You be THAT amazing at drawing AND WRITING…C’mon! Anyway, now that I’ve exposed my insecurities, I’ll get into this fantastic book.
In this brand new book by Ienco we’re dealing with one heck of a crazy world. As best as I can gather from the first issue, our world is being overrun by these monsters known as Geckos. Based on what we’re given about these monsters it looks like they come from the ocean, and definitely have some sort of “master” who is commanding them. Beyond that, it appears they might have the ability to control the weather slightly, or at least make it rain, but one thing is for sure, these things can slaughter people.
To fight against the Geckos a group of police, a sort of specialized task force/military is sent out wherever Gecko incursions take place. A team of two is sent to investigate in the air, using a flying car that looks like a police car and the DeLorean from Back to the Future had a baby, and once they identify the location of the Geckos they call in a squad of Pyros to burn these monsters to the ground. The twist in the story is that a company is developing an Artificial Intelligence that can handle fighting off the Geckos, and in this issue our two police scouts have one of these AI bots tagging along for observation. As one would expect in a story like this, things go all manner of bad, and by the end of this issue you’re left with a deep desire to see more of this world, these characters, and exactly what’s happening with these AI bots.
Written By: Mark Waid & Tom Peyer
Art By: Wilfredo Torres
Published: July 27, 2016 by Aftershock Comics
Aftershock Comics might be my favorite comic book publisher ever. Don’t get me wrong, I love nearly all of them, but ever since Aftershock launched with Replica, they haven’t stopped cranking out great book, after great book. Captain Kid is no exception to that rule, and once I saw Mark Waids name on this book I knew I was in for a ride.
Captain Kid is about an older gentleman named Chris, which is totally boring until you find out Chris can somehow transform himself into a far younger, stronger, magically enhanced superhero named he’s named Captain Kid. Now, if you’re thinking that this sounds rather uninteresting, I can understand that, but stick with me. The twist in this story comes in the form of a rather massive group of villains who’re referred to as the Serpents. It seems they’ve developed a rather large, and I quote, “Jack Kirby machine,” and intend on doing some sort of evil villainy to the city. Captain Kid is tracking things down looking for clues as to their objective, but an interaction with a woman who seems to be obsessed with 80’s attire throws him off. You see, this lady knows his secret identity. She knows all about his superpowers, and his magic abilities. Unfortunately, our boy Chris has no idea who she is, and by the end of the book she drops a plot twist that had desperately wanting to know what happens next. Well done, Waid, Peyer, and Torres…heck, well done Aftershock, you just keep creating great comics.
Written By: David Hine
Art By: Alberto Ponticelli
Published: July 27, 2016 by Aftershock Comics
As though I hadn’t ranted and raved about Aftershock enough, here we are with another of my favorite books. This particular book is so dramatically different than anything I’ve ever read, but in all the best ways. It’s dark, creepy, with a wild foundation of a story, the characters are anything but stereotypical, and the plot is beyond anything you’d find coming from one of the Big 2. Second Sight, for those who don’t know, is about a man who basically takes drugs in order to see through the eyes of psycho, murdering, evil people. His daughter, a young journalist is hunting down a group of pedophiles who murder the kids they violate, and the two of them are into some rather deep stuff that neither of them are really prepared to handle.
In this issue we’re really getting down and dirty with the worst kind of people. Ray is stuck, and really his life is hanging on by a thread. The worst part, I don’t think he really cares. What a way to write a character, right? In my opinion, it’s pure genius. You build up this particular person in your story for five issues, make them front and center, and then put them in a situation where you, the reader, want them to make it out safely but you also know they don’t care whether they do or don’t. Then we have Ray’s daughter Toni who is off doing things she most certainly shouldn’t and all of this is culminating into one of the worst situations both Ray and Toni could be in. Seriously folks, this book is one heck of a roller coaster ride, and this is issue delivers in a big way. Keep these book coming Aftershock and I’ll keep throwing money at you, all day, everyday.
Written By: Christos Gage & Chris Ryall
Art By: David Messina
Published: July 27, 2016 by IDW Publishing
Here it is folks, the one book I’ve been anticipating since I heard about it’s release way back, however many months ago it was. ROM, a name that I haven’t seen since childhood. A character that was originally published by Marvel, a character known as a Space Knight, and honestly, was never anything more than B or C list character. It’s funny how certain characters, regardless of their popularity, stick out for certain people. For some reason, and I can’t explain it, we find certain characters so enthralling and so inviting that regardless of what the masses think, we love them. That was ROM for me, and finding books way back when I was a kid was difficult…BUT NO LONGER. Here he is, back into the published world of comics, and I for one can’t be more excited.
I don’t even know where to begin with this comic, everything about it was so good, I felt like a kid again. I guess I’ll start with the basics and work my way out. ROM is a sort of space military unit that hunts down an alien race of shape shifting monsters known as Wraiths. These monsters have made their way to Earth and ROM has arrived to help us fend off these creatures. Unfortunately, the Wraiths have been here for sometime and have infiltrated themselves into every pocket of culture and power across the world. ROM isn’t sure how they’ve managed to do so, but he’s ready to analyze and neutralize until he falls over dead (if you read this book, and you should, the analyze and neutralize will make WAY more sense). So, that’s the basic premise, but beyond that, this book managed to capture both a nostalgic feel while giving us an up-to-date version of this classic hero.
The way ROM speaks, acts, the things he does, everything pulls from a classic feel, giving long time fans like myself a trip to childhood. Beyond ROM however, everyone, including the Wraiths are current and feel great. This is simply a fun book, with a history stretching so far back that most readers today wouldn’t even know the name ROM. With that said, I highly recommend you give this book a try, and go into it with a sense of fun and adventure. It’s meant to be enjoyed and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is exactly what a new ROM book should be.