CBFU: From the Belgian Shop – September the 21st

Welcome back everybody! After a break of a week I’m back in full form and ready to review some new comic books. I chose to add two books from last week that I felt like were definitely worth mentioning as well, they’re the last two comics in the list.

As usual, for the main reviews of this week’s comics, head over to CBFU: From the Shop to know what’s banging this week.

If you want to know what other comics are coming out this week, check out Previewsworld, where I get all my information on weekly published comics.

1. Rocket Raccoon & Groot Vol. 00: BITE AND BARK (TPB) by Skottie Young, Jake Wyatt, Filipe Andrade, Jeff Loveness & Brian Kesinger

This oversized paperback collects Rocket Raccoon #1-11 written and partially drawn by Skottie Young, with additional art by Jake Wyatt and Filipe Andrade, and Groot #1-6 written by Jeff Loveness and drawn by Brian Kesinger.

Skottie Young needs little to no introduction. He’s well known for his writing (I Hate Fairyland, Rocket Raccoon & Groot, Giant Size Little Marvel: AvX) but best known for his art (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I Hate Fairyland) and especially his giant variant cover gallery. Rocket Raccoon is a fun collection of adventures that Rocket finds himself in, often with the help of his big friend Groot. Ranging from 1 to 3 part stories, this series has a wide variety of different tales. From being stranded on an ice planet to being chased by all of his former girlfriends, Rocket finds himself in a wide range of different troubles. A fun little series focusing on a fun character, succeeded perfectly by the Rocket Raccoon & Groot ongoing series right now.

Jeff Loveness is a rather unknown writer. All he did so far were some specials here and there for Marvel over the last couple of years. Little did I expect that I would get such a stunning and lovely story. The story starts with Groot and Rocket trying to go to Earth for a vacation. Rocket gets kidnapped by a bounty hunter and Groot finds himself in a spot where he basically has to make a road trip through the galaxy in order to find Rocket. Through a series of flashback scenes and interactions with characters like the Silver Surfer or Numinus, the embodiment of luck in the universe, we get to know a new side of Groot. A hopeful side, full of inspiration and goodwill. It’s a story about love, friendship, happiness and inspiration. For fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, this is your book. Everything from Groot in the movie is touched upon in this book, including Baby Groot. And if you don’t wanna read it for the story, please just read it for the last issue, which is one of the best single issues I’ve read in a whole while. It actually brought a tear to my eye, that’s how beautiful that story was.

A great collection with a good variety of different stories, but packed with a good dose of humor and fun. For every fan of the movie and for fans of fun comics: this is your book.

9/10 Lugos.

2. Power Man & Iron Fist Vol. 01: BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN (TPB) by David Walker, Sanford Greene & Flaviano

David Walker, who is also the writer for the ongoing Nighthawk series at the moment, seems to have a good grasp at the dynamic of these two characters. After some period of little to no interactions between Danny and Luke anymore, here’s another series that gets you longing for more.

Luke Cage is in a happy marriage with his wife Jessica Jones and he’s not really keen on getting back in the superhero business. Danny Rand, however, sees it differently. Through a series of unfortunate events, Luke Cage sees it necessary to, for once, work back together with Danny. They have to work against and together with Tombstone to get some kind of mystic necklace to stop a magical entity from entering our world. Yes, it sounds generic and it is generic. But the story is less important than the dynamic these two characters have, and that’s exactly what this series relies on. The whole story basically revolves around the repeated question by Danny: “are we back together?” And yes, the boys are back together.

A decent story with good character development and fun moments throughout, supported by suiting art with a bright color palet. This fiddle-faddling book is definitely worth your time.

7/10 Lugos.

3. The Haunted Mansion (HC) by Joshua Williamson & Jorge Coelho

I already reviewed this book here, but I still wanted to point out that the collected hardcover comes out today. And a good book can always deserve more attention.

4. The Violent Vol. 1: BLOOD LIKE TAR (TPB) by Ed Brisson & Adam Gorham

The first book from last week that is worth mentioning, is this pretty underground comic. An Image book by two unknown creators, lately we’ve seen a lot of those, with more often than not a bad outcome. But this book is different.

It’s a crime story, focusing on a drug dealer who just got out of jail and wants to start a new life with his wife and baby, free of criminality in any way. You guessed it, it doesn’t turn out to be that easy. The characters all are very well defined, the interactions feel real and the story feels very smooth. It’s a completed story, so the next arc will focus on a completely different character.

I liked the book and feel it’s definitely worth mentioning. Highly recommended for people who enjoyed We Can Never Go Home, but most crime loving fans will at least enjoy this book.

7/10 Lugos.

5. The Fix Vol. 1 (TPB) by Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber

This book is an absolute blast. Spencer and Lieber previously worked on The Superior Foes of Spider-Man together, which was a surprisingly fun book. This series continues in the line of this humor filled series.

The story is about… What’s the story about actually? It involves cops, Hollywood, a drunken/high/sex obsessed/crazy/some other messed up stuff film director, a dog called Pretzels and an awkwardly calm mob boss. The story probably has to do something with those guys, or not, who cares. This book is not about a story. It’s about characters. And boy do these characters stand out. This book stands on two pillars: humor and character development. And both are used so well in this book that the story becomes irrelevant.

For every fan of Spencer’s Ant-Man or Superior Foes of Spider-Man or for any indie comic enthusiast, this is your book.

9/10 Lugos.

So that’s that for this week. Next week I’ll be back with more comics and reviews. See y’all then!