Frontline Reviews For The Week Of December 19, 2018 – Second Chances!

Join us on the Frontlines with our weekly review roundup. This is where we have assembled to give our thoughts on various issues that are released each week. This week we have Jay, gives reviews for books from Archie ComicsBOOM! StudiosDC ComicsIDW PublishingImage Comics, and Marvel Comics! Check out the reviews below and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter. Welcome to the FRONTLINE  REVIEWS, hope you enjoy the experience!

BETTY & VERONICA #1
Written By: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art By: Sandra Lanz
Colors By: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters By: Jack Morelli
Cover By: Sandra Lanz
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $3.99

Betty and Veronica are back from summer vacation and are ready for Senior Year with secrets and boys. I was wary of this book before going into it given the recent Archie #700 which saw a “Riverdale” influenced take and I thought that is where this book was heading, but I was wrong. I felt the classic B & V dynamic and setting here in a way this is a spiritual successor of the Mark Waid run on Archie. Rotante really knows these characters and delivers that true classic Archie feel for the modern era. I  never thought I would like Reggie with anyone, but man Rotante must be a Wizard because she just gave Reggie a heart! Rotante is not alone here as Lanz does a great job embracing the classic art while not making it feel dated or passe. This is the Betty & Veronica book I have been waiting for. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

KLAUS AND THE CRYING SNOWMAN #1
Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Dan Mora
Letters By: Ed Dukeshire
Cover By: Dan Mora
Variant Cover By: Dan Mora
Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover By: Humberto Ramos With Colors By Edgar Delgado
One Per Store Variant Cover By: Humberto Ramos
Price: $7.99

It’s Christmas time again and Klaus is back and this time he has an adventure with a special Snowman. Morrison has become a part of my Christmas Traditions with his modern reimagining of Santa Claus. Klaus is my favorite work Morrison has ever done, this one especially hits the heart with just the right about of Christmas joy and hope with the second chance for Sam, what can I say I am a sucker for Father/Son stories and Christmas stories and this is both. Dan Mora proves why he is the next big thing in comics here filling each page with art that should be framed. I look forward to what they have in store for us next year. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #34
“Beyond The Grid”
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Simone Di Meo
Ink Assistance By: Alessandro Cappuccio & Francesco Mortarino
Colors By: Walter Baiamonte with Francesco Segala
Color Assistance By: Francesco Segala
Letter By: Ed Dukeshire

“The New Adventures Of Blue Senturion & Ninjor” 
Written By: Ryan Ferrier
Art By: Bachan
Colors By: Jeremy Lawson
Letters By: Jim Campbell
Main Cover By: Jamal Campbell
Vintage Variant By: Jordan Gibson
Color Spotlight Variant By Linda Lithen
Unlocked Retailer Variant By: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

The Rangers standoff against the Preator’s troops and call upon their Zords. I am thoroughly enjoying Beyond the Grid so far, delving into the history of the Power Rangers and the Morphing Grid, creating a rich tapestry of lore. Bennett really shows her knowledge and fandom of Power Rangers here and producing her best work to date. Di Meo’s art at times is a bit chaotic but each issue it gets more refine which plays off perfectly with the feel of the story as they adjust and get tighter as a team so does the art. I also like that Di Meo takes a different approach to show the Rangers emotions while morphed by catching half of the helmet in this de-morphing effect. The backup story with Blue Senturion and Ninjor has been my favorite so far and makes me want more. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Power Bolts

FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1 (OF 12) 
“Chapter One: The Death Of A Nation”
Written By: Robert Venditti
Pencils By: Eddy Barrows
Inks By: Eber Ferreira
Colors By: Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover By: Eddy Barrows And Adriano Lucas
Variant Cover By: Ben Oliver
Price: $3.99

The Freedom Fighters are dead, long live the Freedom Fighters! Robert Venditti brings a brutally honest truth to the Freedom Fighters making their fight all the more realistic this time around. I also have to admit I smiled when Human Bomb did his rally call that they were going to bring America Back, I love a good rallying moment and Venditti did a truly patriotic one here. Eddy Barrows delivers great art that doesn’t hold anything back and brings you to the frontlines with the Freedom Fighters. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

DISNEY AFTERNOON GIANT #2 
“Chip “N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers: Worldwide Rescue Part 2
Written By: Ian Brill
Art By: Leonel Castellani
Colors By: Jake Myler
Letters By: Jason Arthur

“DuckTales: Rightful Owners Part 2: Ruby Or Not Ruby?” 
Written By: Warren Spector
Art By: Jose Massaroli & Magic Eye Studios
Colors By: Braden Lamb
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover By: Leonel Castellani
Price: $5.99

I loved the Disney Afternoon with shows like Chip ‘N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers and DuckTales and that feeling is back in comic form! Both teams managed to bring back a part of my childhood and made it mature with me while maintaining the same charm it did back then. Disney needs to grab Ian Brill, and Warren Spector to spearhead a writers room for a new Disney Afternoon with modern takes on these classics. I watched the new DuckTales and while it is good this is and always will be DuckTales for me. Castellani, Massaroli, and Magic Eye Studios all done a great job bringing these characters to life to where it feels like I holding cells from the shows themselves in my hand. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

MIDDLEWEST #1
Written By: Skottie Young
Art By: Jorge Corona
Colors By: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters By: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover By: Mike Huddleston
Price: $3.99

Middlewest is Scottie Young best work to date! Skottie Young made a name for himself with his signature art style and took a stab at writing on other occasions but it wasn’t until Middlewest when the true artist of Skottie Young emerged as a writer. Young creates characters that are captivating and manage to draw the reader into the book and go on the journey with them. Jorge Corona is the perfect art for this series bringing a style that really captures the imagination. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

EXTERMINATION #5 (OF 5)
Written By: Ed Brisson
Art By: Pepe Larraz
Colors By: Marte Gracia
Letters By: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover By: Mark Brooks
Variant Covers By: Various Artists
Price: $4.99
The young X-Men must return to their time before one of them die and the entire future for mutants dies along with them. The young X-Men was a problem that should have been solved a long time ago, but the problem grew through events like the Black Mirror where they were altered to distinguish them from their modern counterparts and to update them. Ed Brisson had a major feat before him and managed to succeed while adding to the Mutant lore with the new young Cable. My personal highlight is when we find out the motivation for young Cable this whole time it really pulls on the heartstrings. This issue grounds Cable and breaks him down to where he is more relatable than the original. Gracia does a great job handling the large cast of merry mutants and keeping everything organized with amazing art with nice attention to details. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 stars

SPIDER-GEDDON #5 (OF 5)
Based On A Story By: Dan Slott
Written By: Christos Gage
Pencils By: Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi, Stefano Caselli, & Joey Vasquez
Inks By: Jay Leisten, Jose Marzan Jr., Stefano Caselli, & Joey Vasquez
Colors By: David Curiel
Letters By: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover By: Jorge Molina
Variant Covers By: Various
Price: $4.99

The Spiders take on the Inheritors in on final battle and one hell of a Hail Mary pass. This issue, like the event, has its problems, but overall it was a solid book that achieved some great things like introducing new characters to the fold and take care of the Inheritors once and for all (I hope). This also fixes some mistakes like the assault on Ben Reilly that the Clone Conspiracy started, but now thanks to Christos Gage I have my Spider-Man back, not to mention the awesome Spider-Kid! Marvel needs to bring Gage onboard for a new Ben Reilly book.  While there are multiple pencilers and inkers on this book, they really managed to form their own Spider-Force to blend their styles together nicely. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 stars

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