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Marvel is back in the business of monster comics with Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1.  In this series a life model decoy of Dum Dum Dugan, one of Nick Fury’s original howling commandos, leads a group of misfit monsters on a mission to recover the Earth Idol.  One thing that has been consistent through most of the issues of these All-New All-Different Marvel titles is that they’re telling backstory while simultaneously detailing what’s currently happening.  Marvel has chosen to have all of their new number 1’s take place eight months after the conclusion of Secret Wars, so there is nearly a year in these characters lives that has been paved over.  That leaves the writers a lot of leeway to tell some interesting narratives as to how the characters got to this point.

Author Frank Barbiere takes writing duties on this series and he hits the ground running with a mission on a freight ship in the Atlantic Ocean.  I really like the concept that Barbiere introduces in the story, but I do feel like it could have been executed a little better.  The cast is so large, and there are so many characters that he has to introduce that the story almost feels rushed.  No one character, with the exception of Dugan, gets more that a page or two of story time, so we don’t really get to know them very well at all in this first issue.  I’m sure it’s something that will be rectified in future issues, but this being the introduction issue, it seems a little odd not to get more of an introduction.

Brent Schoonover handles the art here and does a really great job.  He does well with the extremely varied cast of characters, from zombies to vampires to Man-things to… whatever Orrgo is, Schoonover draws them all in great detail and all with their own individual characteristics.  Larger scenes seem to lose a little bit of detail, but it’s nothing that noticeable or distracting.  A series like this would require a really good artist and it certainly seems like Schoonover is up to the task.

Overall, I did enjoy the issue, even though it did feel kind of rushed in certain spots.  I look forward to learning more about the characters and watching them interact over the course of the series.  I will definitely be keeping up with this one, and if you’re at all interested in monsters and things that are a little bit different, you probably should too.

The Verdict for Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1:
4 out of 5

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I find myself playing catch-up again, which means shorter reviews for a little while.  This time we’re back with Bendis and Sorrentino’s Old Man Logan #4.  In this issue, we find our titular character stuck in the middle of the Deadlands of Battleworld, banished for crossing too many territorial borders and causing a significant amount of trouble.  We get slightly more substance in this issue than we have in the last couple entries in this series, but ultimately, there’s still just not that much here.  There’s a lot of action in issue #4, but it doesn’t really accomplish anything, or really move the story any further.  With only the final issue left, I’m sitting here wondering where exactly is this story leading to?  Andrea Sorrentino’s art is easily the best part of this series.  Again, he delivers a great issue here.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #4:
3/5 – Meh…

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Upcoming reviews:
Civil War #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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Well, it’s finally here.  The long discussed companion series to The Walking Dead, oddly titled Fear The Walking Dead, has arrived, but was it worth the wait?

Fear the Walking Dead takes a slightly different look at the zombie apocalypse than its older sister series.  With this show, the creators have informed us that they’re going to go back to the beginning, before the beginning actually, to examine the very first days of the zombie apocalypse, and to see how society crumbles under the strain of a plague that it just doesn’t understand.  The Pilot episode begins with a drug addict, Nick (played by Frank Dillane), waking up in an abandoned church.  He looks for the girl he spent the night with, only to find several grisly scenes of people with various body parts ripped off.  When he finally finds her, he realizes she is the one that has been doing the ripping, not only that, but she also has a gigantic piece of wood protruding from her abdomen, which doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all.  Nick makes a run for it, only to be struck by a car outside the church.  While he’s in the hospital being treated for minor injuries, we meet his mother Madison (Kim Dickens), sister Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and soon to be step-dad Travis (Cliff Curtis).  Madison and Travis both work at the same high school, she’s a guidance counselor, and he is a teacher.  Nick tells Travis what he saw that made him run, and of course, the story is so outrageous that no one really believes him… yet.

This first episode is a little… well… slow.  It might have only seemed that way because of the 90 minute run time, but I think it goes beyond that.  Right off the bat, we have a zombie encounter, and then we see practically nothing else for the rest of the episode.  Now, that’s not to say that it’s terrible.  There is a lot of character building that goes on in that time, which I’m sure will wrench our hearts out later when some of these people inevitably die horrible deaths.  However, if you go into this expecting the same kind of tense action sequences that you find peppered throughout the main series, you might be a little disappointed.  Also, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that based on this episode, we shouldn’t expect this fall of civilization to go quickly.  The creators seem to be taking their time with this, which could either work out really well, or not well at all.  Only time and more episodes will tell.

The other aspect of this series that I find interesting is how different and uptempo most things seem to be.  One thing that leapt out at me while watching was the music.  It almost seems to be paced more like an action story than a horror story.  The background music is quick, which invokes a sense of urgency and a need to get things done before it’s too late.  The only problem is that no one really knows exactly what to do yet.  Either way, it definitely seems like they are trying to differentiate themselves from the main series as much as possible.

All in all, the plot moved a little slow while developing it’s rich and interesting characters, and it’s definitely not what you’re used to in the main series.  It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it’s still something that I’ll continue watching just to see how it plays out, as it seems there are any number of ways this plot could go from here.

The Verdict for Fear the Walking Dead, Episode 1:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Upcoming reviews:
Secret Wars Journal #4
Civil War #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Old Man Logan #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Where Monsters Dwell #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act
The Martian (Novel)