Black Beetle #1
Writer & Director: Francesco Francavilla
Publisher: Dark Horse
The Black Beetle is going to take out the Galazzos, but right as he is about to strike, someone gets to them first! Who is this mysterious foe? We only get a glimpse of him in this issue, but I loved the action this issue had in store for me! I really enjoyed this modern detective comic; it’s the indie comic Batman! I also love that it will only be a four part series, I like a series that is short and sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I love a continuous story in the corporate world such as X-men or Thor, but sometimes I like to sit down and enjoy an independent comic that is easy to pick up and enjoy without it expanding over the years. Francesco’s art style is definitely a keeper for this series; I adore his panel layouts and compositions. The action and motion is beautifully executed, and the story kept my attention the whole way through. I can’t wait to unmask this foe Black Beetle is against. Definitely going to have this mini-series in my collection. This series is getting 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls from me.
Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters, One-shot
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Jose Holder
I haven’t had the best of luck with mash-ups, but with Ghostbusters and Mars Attacks being classics, I figured it would be a fun one-shot to read. We all know the Doctor Who/Star Trek comic didn’t get a great review from me, so I tried to read this comic light-heartedly. This one-shot comic sends the Ghostbusters to take care of Martians, and mostly deals with their battle and leaves the reader with a mysterious ending. The Ghostbusters took care of the Martians for good, or did they…?
I really enjoyed this comic and loved the throwback to the two classics. The issue stayed true to the lore and had a stable beginning, middle, and end. The art style was consistent, and the paranormal nutcracker was a fun enemy to start the issue with. Overall, it was a fun read and worth my time. If you are a fan of either cult classics, this is definitely worth a read. I give this issue 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.