Frontline Reviews For The Week Of June 12, 2019 – Friendly Neighborhood Reviews!

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, giving reviews for books from Archie ComicsDC ComicsIDW Publishing, 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!

“Archie & Sabrina Part 1 (Of 5)”
Written By: Nick Spencer
Art By: Sandy Jarrell
Colors By: Matt Herms
Letters By: Jack Morelli
Colors By: Matt Herms
Cover By: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers By: Sandy Jarrell, Matthew Dow Smith
Price: $3.99

Riverdale Bachelor is over as Archie hands out his final petunia to one young lady. This issue is a bit of a mix, it is the first part of a five-part story arc, or it is supposed to be, but it is just the end of the previous arc and a prelude to the next arc. I don’t mind it but it isn’t the first part of this story. This keeps pulling me more into this new world of Archie, that is continuing to become more like the show Riverdale. The Archie and Sabrina romance really has me along for the ride, looking forward to this arc and seeing where it all started. Spencer does a great job working in the mysteries in the background with Jughead and Reggie and even the ominous with Sabrina. But I am really looking forward to seeing Betty and Veronica be rivals when Archie is not at the center. Jarrell does a great job bringing in the same sense of old and new with the art as Spencer does with the story. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

“The Unity Saga: The House Of El Part 6”
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis 
Inks By: Joe Prado & Oclair Albert
Colors By: Alex Sinclair
Letters By: Josh Reed
Cover By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, & Alex Sinclair
Variant Covers By: Adam Hughes
Price: $3.99

The House of El unites to save Jor-El and take on threats from all sides. This was a really solid issue with Bendis showing the unity and strength of the House of El. The weakest point would be how it jibes with Supergirl #31, but there are always issues with books that intersect when they are done by different teams. Bendis really shows that he is going for a Superman Epic with this run having it being in chapters and introduces new themes into the world of Superman. I am cautious about re-exploring how Jor-El was saved from the destruction of Krypton and I hope it isn’t a reboot of it. The art shines the most when Ivan Reis is alone, not that the other artist who has pitched in is bad, but it shows a disconnect with the art and here it is more complete. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

“Magic And Games”
Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Stephen Byrne
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover By: Stephen Byrne
Variant Cover By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Rex Lokus
Price: $3.99

The Wonder Twins take down the League of Annoyance, but not before they commit serious damage. I love the fun and joy in this mini that just became a maxi-series, but this issue was weighed down by the pseudo-social politics soapboxing that I hate about it. At its best, this issue was quirky and hilarious with the Wonder Twins bringing down the League and had me cracking up. At its worst, it threw in a lot of social politics with racism that really ruined the overall issue for me. social issues have a place in comics but for me, this is not the one it should be in. The art though was incredibly joyful and brought back all of the fun of the book. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 2 Stars

Written By: Erik Burnham
Art By: Christopher Jones
Colors By: Zack Atkinson
Letters By: Shawn Lee
Cover By: Christopher Jones & Zack Atkinson
Variant Cover By: Juan Samu & David Garcia Cruz
Price: $3.99

Spider-Man gives his Amazing Friends their webshooters as Kraven tests and observes them. I LOVE this book! Burnham doesn’t miss a beat with the story, ups the stakes with Kraven taking out two of the webspinners, and sets up the big confrontation. But the thing I really enjoyed is how balanced the story is we have the three webheads here yet I never felt one of them were the star, loved seeing both Miles and Gwen’s supporting characters being used and the three of them working together. Jones does no wrong on the art, I love the way he delivers his animated style to the book. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ½ Stars

Written By: Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Pencils By: David Messina
Inks By: Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors By: Alexandra Alexakis
Letters By: Neil Uyetake
Cover A & B By: David Messina &Alexandra Alexakis
Retailer Incentive Cover By: George Caltsoudas
Price By: $3.99

The battle with the Prophets have shaken things up and now the teams must take on the Borg! Another thrilling true-to-Trek issue from the Tiptons! Again every character was written completely in time with their onscreen counterparts. I also loved all of the nods to the franchise continuity, with Corbin Bernsen’s Q, to Amanda, to Wesley and the Traveler, to the Borg, I just loved it! The art continues to impress me, while not capturing the actors 100% of the time Messina hits the marks when it is important. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¾ Stars

“Dead Ahead”
Written By: Jim Zub
Art By: Juanan Ramirez
Colors By: Marcio Menyz
Letters By: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover By: Kim Jacinto & Rain Beredo
Price: $3.99

The Champions enter The War Of The Realms. I am not too keen on The War of The Realms or the tie-ins (save for New Agents of Atlas) but this was a solid offering. We get to see some of the newer recruits shine here like Falcon, Bombshell. Patriot, Dust, Pinpoint and Power Man, introduce Hummingbird (how I missed you) to the team without ignoring original members Viv and Ms. Marvel. But the best thing is that this tie-in didn’t let the event overpower it, instead, it used it to bring forth the ongoing plot from the title. Zub did a great job with weaving these two plots together. Ramirez continues to impress me with the art and Menyz’s colors compliment it so well. ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¼ Stars

“Feast Or Famine: Part One”
Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Ken Lashley
Colors By: Nolan Woodward
Letters By: VC’s Travis Latham
Cover By: Andrew C. Robinson
Price: $3.99

As Aunt May deals with her cancer battle she faces another battle to keep F.E.A.S.T. up and running. Tom Taylor really brings the neighborhood to Spider-Man in this series by doing these great down-home stories that merge the two worlds of Peter Parker. Taylor expertly uses the flashback in the story by tying an early lesson on charity to the main story which also focusing on it. Lashley does an amazing job on the art keeping it modern and fresh while Woodward throws in the old school feel with the colors.  ~ Jay @ComicBookTheate

Verdict: 4 ¾ Stars

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