Duff’s Brown Paper Sack-3/18/15 Pull List

In Comic Books, IDW, Image, Valiant by Beyond The Geek1 Comment

Duff here…

With another installment of my weekly pull list. Let’s recap last weeks: Ninjak #1 and Godzilla: CATACLYSM (TB).

Both solid books; can’t wait for more Ninjak. (so good)

Here are this weeks picks:

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Writer: Matt Kindt Penciler: Trevor Hairsine

A Soviet cosmonaut – seemingly imbued with the powers of a god – has taken up residence in the Australian Outback. Some think him to be a savior…while others believe he will usher in a new Communist Age…

Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

One of the smartest sci-fi books of 2015 or any year. Kindt and Hairsine craft an amazing issue here. Like a cool mist, there is a vibe throughout Divinity, that’s half intrigue and half eerie. Tough to decide if man-god is friend or foe?

This chapter puts down firm roots in the Valiant universe. Tying up the Valiant Next phase perfectly.

This is a must read.

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Ivar, the man called Timewalker, has been through ancient battlefields, political assassinations, the beginning of time, the invention of time travel, the great wars, and the distant future. (And that was only in the first two issues!) Now, he faces his greatest threat yet…himself! What secret does THE TIMEWALKER hold that will unlock his interest in Neela and flip our very definition of time travel on its head? Can a man resigned to forever walk through time truly make up for the mistakes of his past? And just who is the mysterious sociopathic leader of Oblivi-1, and why does she have such an interest in Ivar and Neela’s time traveling team-up?

Don’t ask me to tell you what this book is about. Honestly, I am so lost…but I’m having fun digesting it. Ivar is Valiant’s answer to Dr. Who it seems, time jumping, space aliens…it’s well constructed mess.

It’s all very well done, but I’m not sure how I’m going to be sticking around on this one.

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Chrononauts #1

Story By: Mark Millar Art By: Sean Gordon Murphy Art By: Matt Hollingsworth

Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They’re also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man’s first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process.

Has Mark Millar ever written a bad book? To my knowledge nope, and he doesn’t start here. Chrononauts is fun, action packed, off beat….everything you’d expect from Millar. Somewhere a Hollywood exec is optioning, mental casting has begun…

Sci-Fi is ruling the day here, especially at Image, but it’s Millar so it really is unique. Murphy and Hollingsworth’s art is top notch, it’s classic with a touch of pulp. I love the muted color palette, reminiscent of Silver Age comics.

Can’t wait to see where this series goes!

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The Fly: Outbreak #1

Brandon Seifert (w) • menton3

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

From light hearted Sci-Fi to dark and disturbing…

A direct sequel to classic 1980’s “The Fly”…Outbreak carries the theme, creepiness, and dread flawlessly. Features painfully bewitching art from menton3 (ZvR Adventures, Silent Hill), it’s dark and brooding….fits Seifert’s script perfectly. If you enjoy big boy sci-fi, this is for you.

I haven’t watched the Jeff Goldblum tour de’ force in years, so I guess I have my weekend plans now.



Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4

Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Rachael Stott (a & c)

An uneasy alliance has been forged between Captain Kirk and Colonel Taylor! But will it be enough to prevent Commander Kor and his Klingons from toppling the regime of Doctor Zaius?

Guilty Pleasure pick.

The Tipton’s really know how to craft a Star Trek narrative, each frame feels so natural. It’s crazy to think that Apes and Star Trek came out in the same year, and it took this long for them to get together? Looking for a fun read, this is it.

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