Today we review a couple of comics from this week and a couple from last week. We have Grim Leaper from Image, The Ravagers from DC and we have the new Godzilla Ongoing. Finally a new series from the talented Matt Kindt, who put so much effort in Mind Mgmt that it’ll literally blow your mind.

The Ravagers #1
Writers: Howard Mackie
Artist: Ian Churchill
Publisher: DC
Age: Teens
The Ravagers spins out of the recent events of the culling, which will be beneficial to sales, but hinders the story slightly. Straddling the line between being it’s own comic and the result of a recent crossover, The Ravagers is a fun read that doesn’t manage to distinguish itself. While most of the characters are familiar from the old DC Universe or Wildstorm (check the cover), unless you’ve read “The Culling” this book manages to be nothing more than people running away from a shadowy organization. If you’ve been following the “The Culling” this comic has a logical progression in the story that makes a lot of sense. The writing and art are both good, with Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill keeping the style very close to Teen Titans which is basically in the same family of books (I’m sure they will crossover again soon). On its own as an introductory issue this book is a bit confusing but overall decent, taken in context at the end of “The Culling” this book reads a lots better and goes up in quality accordingly. Simply put, if you haven’t been following “The Culling” or at least Teen Titans this book may not be worth your time. -Ray

Grim Leaper #1
Writers: Kurtis J Wiebe
Artist: Aluisio C Santos
Publisher: Image
Age: Older Teens
Lou Collins is a guy who can’t seem to escape death, luckily for him everytime he dies he gets reborn in another body. In this first issue Lou goes through this process in full, dying once and getting reborn, going through something he’s experienced several times before but is new to the reader. Everything seems a bit fast paced as Wiebe sets up a concept that could fall completely flat if not handled properly, so Wiebe introduces us to Lou and his life pretty quickly, we get an idea of his curse and even set up a romantic interest by the end. The idea of having a character possibly die at every page turn is fun, but seems repetitive, but the fact this is a mini series bodes well for it. Coupled with the fact it seems like it’ll end up being a love story makes it even more interesting. While the main tale was fun I actually found the backup, which was a couple of pages long, to be a very nice and simple love story that played off well after the main bulk of the book. This is not my favorite Image book to come out recently and I’m still split on whether it was worth my time or not, personally I would suggest waiting for the trade, unless you are a die hard monthly comic person. -Ray

Godzilla #1
Writers: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Simon Gane
Publisher: IDW
Age: Teens
The king of monsters returns to monthly publishing with a new series from IDW. So how does Godzilla stack up? Well, pretty much as you’d expect. I’m not familiar with the creative team, but giant monsters aren’t rocket science and they do a decent job. One of my biggest questions going into the book was how they could make an ongoing series starring Godzilla work without it turning into a monster of the month slugfest every issue (and I can forgive this if they hired Eric Powell). They answer this question by focusing the book on human characters. We mainly follow Boxer, an ex-special forces operative turned bodyguard, as he a young girl to safety through a Godzilla attack. Throughout the book Godzilla does feature prominently in the background, but any motivation is left mysterious. The issue also sets up that the giant monsters of the world are awakening, so we have that to look forward to, and it’s also implied that Boxer will be returning in the near future. The end even includes a small parable on the destructiveness of man, a theme of Godzilla films, but overall I don’t know if it will be enough to attract anyone but diehard Godzilla fans. – George

Mind Mgmt #1
Writers & Artist: Matt Kindt
Publisher: Dark Horse
Age: Older Teens
This is one of those comics that you’ll probably need to read more than once, which is not a bad thing as you get more for your money. Like most of Matt Kindt’s work Mind Mgmt is not so much a comic but an experience. This is so much more that just reading a comic, yet even with that we are left with more questions than answers by the end. First things first, you literally have to read this book cover to cover, there is the main story, a manual in the margins, an extra mini story at the end, a short comic on the inside cover that finishes on the inside of the back cover and finally there is even a secret code hidden on the back cover that will link to extra content once deciphered and combined with code from other issues. The story itself centers around a crash in which all the passengers had amnesia mid flight and forgot everything from there previous life. We follow Meru who is a writer who decides to uncover the mystery of the one passenger on the flight manifest who didn’t get off the plane when it landed, Henry Lyme. Since the plane landed there has been no trace of him, and once she starts her journey Meru discovers that she has just embarked on a task that may be more than she bargained for. This is a crazy book that may not be for everyone, the first issue promises a wild ride, and I suggest not trade waiting as the issues contain content which will not be found in the trades. Sorry if this short paragraph comes off as a bit erratic but I’m still trying to wrap my head around this comic, in fact I think I may just read it again, right now. -Ray