Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Written By: Chris Warnar
Art By: Fransisco Ruiz Velasco
Lettered By: Michael Heisler
Dark Horse Comics has been publishing Predator Comics for decades and from Aliens to Batman to Terminators the celestial hunters have gone against many worthy foes, however in this latest series humanity fights back and the hunters become the hunted.
The book starts out as usual with a group of humans being hunted by the predator with all but one being killed by the beast. We cut away to a gas station where our main character Nakai is being harassed by his racist redneck boss as he repairs a car. Shortly after a mysterious trio arrives at the station and confronts Mr. Nakai. They ask him what experience he has with Predators and he tells them his story. The trio run by Jaya Soanes then reveal that they are Predator hunters and that they have also survived encounters with or descend from those that hunted the monsters and would like Nakai to join their group. At first he is reluctant, but eventually he decides to tell off his racist boss and join the team.
In terms of story the first issue is unsurprisingly primarily set-up and while we do get some brief predator action at the start and via flashbacks most of the issue focuses on setting up the characters and their relation to the extraterrestrial beast. It isn’t the most entertaining read but it is well executed and gives us decent backgrounds for our human cast and the Predator moments are fairly well done.
The art by Valesco seems a bit on the genaric side of things but it is done well enough to where the story is fairly easy to follow and the Predator is still intimidating.
Overall this is a decent start to the mini-series, if not a somewhat subdued one given the premise of the story.
Publisher: DC Comics
Written By: Tom King
Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson
Letters By: Daron Bennet
At the end of the DC Universe Rebirth Special DC put out last summer Batman found the Comedian’s bloody button from the Watchman buried in the wall of the Batcave. Now nearly a year later we start a crossover between Batman & The Flash to investigate the mysterious artifact with a four part crossover titled “The Button”.
The first part begins with the amnesiac Saturn Girl from the Legion of Superheroes in Arkham watching a hockey game on TV, this triggers something in her memory and she begins screaming about how Superman won’t come and the Legion will die. Meanwhile we cut out to Batman back at the Batcave and the titular button reacting to the Psycho Pirates mask sitting next to it. Bruce contacts Barry about this however The Flash is unable to speed over as he is currently in the middle of a battle with a group of robotic samurai but tells Batman he will be over in a minute. As soon as he ends the call Batman sees a swoosh thinking it is his friend however it turns out to be Eobard Thawne: The Reverse Flash, who taunts Batman by ripping up his letter that his father Thomas wrote for him during The Flashpoint and starts beating poor Bruce into the ground until he is unconscious and is able to steal the button from him. As soon as Thawne gets his hands on the button he is momentarily teleported away and reappears looking much worse for wear merely stating “I Saw God!” before collapsing and turning into a skeleton. The issue ends with Barry arriving at the Batcave finding an unconscious Bruce and a dead Thawne.
In terms of story the first part of The Button is near perfect, we see more of the staples that have made King so popular, nine panel page layouts, cryptic dialogue, social commentary, a nice cliffhanger ending and well paced action scenes make the issue one heck of a ride that would make The Watchmen themselves proud. The art by Jason Fabok complements the story perfectly and Fabok continues to be at the top of his game creating a truly tense and engaging atmosphere in near every page and panel, all of which are well complimented by Brad Anderson’s color work which give us bright and defined colors to help make the characters and surroundings really pop out on each page.
Overall Batman #21 is an excellent start to what may be one of the most important storylines since Rebirth began in June of 2016 and is a much have for any Batman &/or Flash fan.
Publisher: DC Comics
Written By: Mark Russel, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art By: Rick Leonardi, Scott Hanna, Steve Buccellato, Pier Brito
Letters By: Dave Sharpe. Michael Hiesler
In the second installment of our DC/Hanna-Barbera review series we take a look at a time-traveling adventure with everyone’s favorite superhero Booster Gold!
The story of the issue is as follows. Booster is getting ready to meet a date in Gotham City when a group of aliens comes out of a portal and starts destroying everything in site. Booster goes back in time to find the source of the invasion and ends up accidentally killing an alien of the same species in the stone age. While there he meets up with Fred and Barney and explains the situation to them. Skeets then tells booster that by going back in time and unintentionally killing the alien that was basically his race’s Christ figure he was the one responsible for the invasion in the future. Booster tries to fix this by taking the Flintstones with him to the present though he just ends up making even more chaos then before. Thankfully his friend Crabullon comes in at the last minute with a well and living alien messiah who scolds the rest of his species for learning nothing from his teachings. The issue ends with the peace loving alien telling Booster and The Flintstones he will never be coming back and the human race is basically screwed and Fred nicely asks that Booster never return to the stone age.
The back-up story in the issue is a prologue to the upcoming Jetsons series by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and gives us an origin for everyone’s favorite robot maid Rosie.
In terms of Story Mark Russel continues to be a masterful story teller mixing various scifi and comic clichés with some smart and witty satire and observation on society and religion while still keeping the voices of the characters in the piece spot on with his other works. This makes sense of course as Russel also writes the monthly Flintstones title as well and has really done a good job of developing his own versions of the characters while still staying true to their roots. Booster is also on point here and is very reminiscent of his JLI self we all know and love. Overall Russel’s witty, intelligent and downright fun script makes the story a delight to read!
As for the back-up strip, while not as strong as the main story, Conner and Palmiotti do a solid job of giving some much needed background to The Jetsons and their iconic characters and it does its job of setting up for the ongoing and getting readers interested in what will come next.
In terms of Art Rick Leonardo does a decent job and his style helps give the story an appropriate cartoony feel and Steve Buccellato’s colors are vibrant and varied and fit near every scene spot-on. I think my only complaint would be that characters do look somewhat odd from certain angles and the sizes of the characters does seem to subtly alter a a bit through out the story. But overall a visually solid display. The Jetsons art is a bit more mixed, being somewhat more realistic in style the contrast when compared to the main story is noticeable. This is not nessicarily a bad thing but it does give The Jetsons cast more generic feel when compared to their cartoon counterparts. Though I will admit I do like the upgraded look given to Rosey as it looks much more futuristic compared to her design in the cartoons. Overall though the art is a mixed bag.
In closing Booster Gold/ The Flintstones Special is a delightful read with witty humor and commentary by one of DC Comics best writers!
Overall: 9 out of 10