Seems like we’ve hit the dreaded 5th-week curse. Huge lack of new #1 comics this time around, therefore my choices below were almost instantaneous.
This week’s picks
John Wick (Dynamite)
Story: Greg Pak
Art: Giovanni Valletta
Dynamite are no strangers when it comes to licensed adaptations of movie franchises, it’s part of their main business model. Current adaptations have seen the likes of Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica and Terminator all get a comic series. They are now adding to that catalogue in 2017 with John Wick.
John Wick was introduced to the movie-going public in 2014 and went on to become the surprise hit of the year. In an almost homage to John Woo and Ringo Lam’s “gun fu” movies of the mid-80s, early 90s, Keanu Reeves plays the title character of John Wick. A retired hitman seeking vengeance for….. let’s just say interesting reasons. This year we got a sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2 and in 2019 Chapter 3 will be released.
Greg Pak is on writing duties for this adaptation, which thankfully seems to be set prior to the 2014 movie. Not that I have anything against Pak, but he wouldn’t have been the first person on my list when thinking of writers for the hyper-violent character John Wick. Then I remembered his current run on Weapon X and now am fully behind whatever he writes for this character. Art is by Giovanni Valletta who has previously done work on James Bond: Black Box (Dynamite), Eternal (BOOM) and X-Men: Blue (Marvel). Checking Giovanni’s twitter feed shows some glorious pencil and ink work for this comic. He’s captured the signature “gun fu” that fans of the John Wick movie franchise have come to love and cherish.
When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga?
As mentioned above John Wick takes a lot of its ideas from the movies of John Woo and Ringo Lam. This isn’t a bad thing because I myself have been a huge fan of both those directors work since the early 90’s. Because of that love am making John Wick my pick of the new #1 comics this week.
Reactor (Vault Comics)
Story: Donny Cates
Art: Dylan Burnett
Vault Comics have been on quite the push since joining the publishing game last year. Solid opening releases like Failsafe, Fissure, Colossi and Heathen all received heaps of praise online. Announcements followed that Mark Wahlberg and producing partner Stephen Levison had involvement with the Alien Bounty Huner comic. With the possibility of turning it into a movie franchise.
Adding to this impressive start they have added none other than Donny Cates to their writers roster. Cates is on one hell of a roll currently with titles like Redneck, God Country, Baby Teeth and most recently taking the reigns of BOTH Doctor Strange and Thanos over at Marvel. He’s quite the addition to Vault’s current roster of writers are artists.
Before all those comics above Cates wrote Interceptor on Heavy Metal with Jamal Campbell and Dylan Burnett. Which for Vault is the second writer to jump from Heavy Metal to themselves (Tim Daniels The Atoll being the first). Reactor is the sequel to Interceptor, which has subtlety been sub titled Interceptor Vol 2 and features art once again from Dylan Burnett.
There’s Weep, your average machine-gun-wielding teenager raised on an Earth overrun with vampires. There’s Poli, who landed on Earth with the mission to kill every damn vampire there. And then there’s King Luc’s heavily fortified blood farm. You do the math. From Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck) and Dylan Burnett (Weavers) comes Reactor, a whole new entry into the world of vampire warfare, overpowered mech suits, and 10-year-old presidents that Interceptor kicked-off.
Personally I never read Interceptor but with Cates track record with Vampires (see Redneck) am hoping Reactor has some serious mech Vs vampire mayhem.
That’s it for this week, let me know what you picked up in the comments below.
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