Mortal Kombat X #1
The prequel to the upcoming game gets a full comic, and it’s just as amusingly over-the-top as it was when we reviewed the first chapter. Granted, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, or the goofy violent martial arts book, but if you’ve got any fondness for Mortal Kombat, it’s a fun read.
Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1
Basically this is just the game, as a comic book. Which if you haven’t played it is a great story, but if you’ve already beaten the game, well… there’s little reason to read the comic.
Star Wars #1
Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have some pretty big shoes to fill, as Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda’s take on Leia and her sidekicks still lingers in the minds of many fans. That said, this book’s up to the task. It’s actually a fairly zippy issue that arguably plays off our knowledge of the movies a little too much. But who cares, when it’s this fun? Highly recommended.
Conan/Red Sonja #1
Gail Simone and Jim Zub team up to deliver some barbarian action and the results are entertaining, if not exactly stretching the bounds of the genre. Paired with Dan Panosian’s art, it makes for a fun and surprisingly light-hearted read. Worth a look for fantasy fans.
Fred Van Lente’s past-lives heist story gets into gear a bit here, with both the basic idea of using the skills from past lives and the modern day character drama kicking in. This book took a few issues but it’s starting to become a clearer concept Van Lente, with the art team of Maurizio Rosenzweig and Moreno Dinisio, are having fun with. Worth picking up.
Aliens Vs. Predator: Fire And Stone #4
You know, for a book that’s basically wall-to-wall monster fights, this sure ends on a bleak note. Then again, this is the AVP franchise, a bleak note is kind of obligatory. Worth a read, either way, especially for Ariel Olivetti’s art.