Zombie Rapture, brainwashed super soldiers, a Jesus clone and Adventure Time! If none of that intrigues you I really don’t know what else to say.
Revival
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Mike Norton
Publisher: Image
Age: Older Teens

Revival advertises itself as rural noir, which may lead some to believe it’s about crime or even Fargo-esque. If any comparison can be made though, it’s a lot like Twin Peaks. Strange things are happening in a rural town and officer Dana Cypress is involved in the investigations. The entire community’s been surrounded in a quarantine zone, because it seems people have been coming back from the dead. No, this isn’t another zombie book and none of the “revivers” crave brains. Their ressurections seem positive, mending the flesh and for the most part leaving the mind whole. They mostly seem to come back fully cognizant and ready to go back to their own lives. There are exceptions though, and it seems that these cases will be the focus of the book. Other things are happening in town, some of them strange and some mundane. Some of the strange happenings also involve Officer Cypress’ son, so there’s some additional mystery beyond the titular revivals. Seeley seems to have some good ideas and a focused idea of where the story will go, while Norton provides art that ably depicts the distinct characters of the town while becoming genuinely creepy at moments. Overall the book has promise and it’s worth picking up if you were a fan of Twin Peaks (long ago, but worth it) or just dig supernatural mystery in a small town setting. -George


Bloodshot
Writer: Duane Sweirczynski
Artist: Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi
Publisher: Valiant
Age: Older Teens (Violence)

Bloodshot the third comic from the recent Valiant relaunch, featuring the titular character Bloodshot. The concept behind Bloodshot may not be anything revolutionary, a super soldier created and used for missions. While the operative is unknowingly being used by his handlers for the wrong reasons. There is some mind manipulation in the story and this has been done countless times. So the question becomes: has Duane Sweirszynski done anything different, with one issue it’s hard to tell, but I will say that I was entertained and appreciated the fast pace of the issue. Not only do we get a glimpse of Bloodshot’s personal life (or at least what we believe to be), we also get a high action thrill ride of a mission and even a few pages of the two sides competing for Bloodshot’s loyalty. Couple that with solid art by Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi using heavier inks and and a less polished coloring style by Ian Hanni to separate the action from the happy (real?) life and this book really sets the tone for what should be a very fun action book. As I mentioned before, Bloodshot is nothing groundbreaking but it leaves the reader wanting to know more about the character and world he’s in, which is exactly what a first issue should be. -Ray

Punk Rock Jesus
Writer & Artist: Sean Murphy
Publisher: Vertigo
Age: Older Teens

In the near future the second coming is upon us, but it’s not exactly going as most would expect. Instead of another divine birth it seems that this time Jesus will be coming back as the result of a cloning experiment. For a reality TV show. This, as can be expected, has created quite a stir in the world. While this is seen as an event of scientific interest and religious joy for many, there’s also a large segment of the population that disproves. This adds a sense of danger to the project and requires some heavy security in the form of Thomas McKael, an ex-IRA terrorist. His origins actually begin the book and it is quite bloody, foreshadowing that the project won’t be going well. In addition to McKael there’s also a few other members to the team including the genius doctor, sleazy business man, rebellious tech guy and, of course, the expectant virgin mother. Murphy presents some interesting concepts and by the end of the first issue there’s a surprising fact that changes how the story will progress. Murphy provides lively black and white art to accompany his story, with great use of light and dark contrast in scenes. As a first issue most of the story is set-up, but Murphy presents enough ideas and twists to make the book interesting. Since it’s only a six-issue limited series we can expect that every subsequent issue will be just as dense, so it’s worth the read if the concept intrigues you. -George

Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens

Writer & Artist: Meredith Gran
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Age: Kids

Written and drawn by Meredith Gran, we have Adventure Time: Meredith and the Scream Queens. I have to confess that this is my first exposure to Adventure Time, so there might be some comments that seem to come from an extreme noob, and the reason for that is that I am an extreme noob. That being said, this music infused whimsical journey kept me pretty entertained for the twenty-some pages that I read. The main tale focuses on a Princess Bubblegum who joins the entourage of a paranormal band led by Marceline. The group features no less than vampires, one mysterious keyboardist (he is so dreamy!) and the ghost of a very famous drummer, who uses stegosaurus bone drumsticks. The music scenes remind me of Scott Pilgrim in the sense that they are innocent in a punky kind of way, and are somehow catchy through a comic-book page. Issue #1 even features a back-up story that does nothing but add value to the overall package. I would recommend this to fans of Adventure Time (because, duh?) and anyone else who wants some cleanly illustrated random gig-centric fun. -Paul