CBU Quick Shot Reviews: Strangers in Paradise XXV, Secret Warriors and more!

~ by Daryll Benjamin ~

Accell7Accell 7 by Joe Casey, Damion Scott, Robert Campanella, Sigmund Torre, MOSH Studios, Ramon Govea & AW’s DC Hopkins – Daniel takes up the offer from last issue and goes to Antarctica with Althea to get his powers tested…must to a certain girlfriend’s dismay. Meanwhile, Mr. Hayes continues his moves with Barrage and, well, it seems to be more than a hatred of Mr. Dos Santos now.

Astonisher4Astonisher 4 by Alex De Campi, Pop  Mhan, Jessica Kholinne & AW’s Tom Napolitano – Committed to helping…*gets handed note*… Um I mean, now that he’s BEEN committed, Magnus has to figure out how NOT to die of pure boredom away from his lifestyle. The other problem, the clinic he’s interred in has a little “meteor” problem. Yep. Magnus is going to get A LOT of relaxation.

BSG-vs-BSG-1-coverBattlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica 1 by Peter David, Johnny Desjardins, Mohan & Taylor Esposito – The Pegasus runs across a strange planet & distress call while in confrontation with the Cylon Armada. The Galactica finds themselves dealing with raiders of their own near a weird star/cosmic event. Little does Commander Cain know that this will be the catalyst for a multi universe adventure.

BSS_005_COVER-A_ROCAFORTBloodshot Salvation 5 by Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, Mico Suayan, Diego Rodriguez & Simon Bowland – Final standoff with Daddy, and it may be a lose/lose situation for Garrison. Without his nanites, Garrison is going to feel each and every hit. Meanwhile, the baby’s nanites are activated which bring Magic a whole lot of comfort.. In the future, Rampage tries to make a family connection with Jessie. Speaking of which, the following dude makes an appearance.

NJKVS_001_COVER-A_SUAYANNinjak vs The Valiant Universe 1 by Eliot Rahal, Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, Ulises Arreola & Dave Sharpe – So Colin King is one of the foremost agents for Mi-6 and an accomplished ninja to boot. He has spent years making connections with superpowered individuals around the world. However, forces here are set in motion that will make him the target of all of them. The ultimate “me vs the world” story begins here as Ninjak betrays everything to fight for family.

NOV171297Mech Cadet Yu 5 by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa, Triona Farrell & Simon Bowland – The punishment is in for the cadets and it seems that they are on cleanup duty…with Stanford’s Mom! Yeah. Awkward. And it seems that the cleanup division has a few tech tricks of their own. And the kids are going to need a few tricks now. Why? Seems the worst case scenario with the aliens is far, FAR more trouble than they thought. Can you say eggs?

Archie27Templevar-666x1024Archie 27 by Mark Waid, Audrey Moy, Kelly Fitzpatrick & Jack Morelli – When we last left our favorite teens, both Archie and Betty were forced to make decisions. The aftermath starts now as both Veronica and Dillion make decisions of their own. Angst and drama cut with humor in the Waid style.

MCRAY_Cv4_open_order_varWildstorm: Michael Cray 4 by Bryan Edward Hill, Warren Ellis, Larry Hama, N Steven Harris, Dexter Vines, Andy Owens, Simon Bowland & Dearbhla Kelly – Fractures were bound to happen with Cray’s team given that a) he never wanted a team & b) the nature of their work. Well, this is kind of a bad time for friction since they have to take down a cop by the name of Barry Allen. Name sounds familiar huh?

NSM_Cv19_59dc10d0975348.46280054New Super-Man 19 by Mariko Tamaki, Brent Peeples, Richard Friend, Hi-Fi & Dave Sharpe – Let’s have a fun day in the life issue featuring our new favorite reporter Laney Lan. On top of that, we’ll show her interactions with Kenan AND have it written by Mariko Tamaki. Yep. Gold.

Secret_Warriors_Vol_2_12Secret Warriors 12 by Matthew Rosenberg, Ramon Bachs, Israel Silva & VC’s Clayton Cowles – The swan song for this series happens as the team gets back together to celebrate a birthday. I talked before about payoffs to character development? Well here you get that in spades as the team gets real with each other over/outside a game of Risk. Thanks Mr. Rosenberg and team for this fun book.

4065715Avengers 675 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit – The Earth has gone through a lot of things along with its protectors over the years. But what happens when the planet goes missing? No biggie right? Except, 3/4ths of the world’s Avengers are now incapacitated, unable to help.

She-Hulk_Vol_1_161She-Hulk 161 by Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay, Federico Blee & VC’s Travis Lanham -Speaking of goodbyes, Jennifer has to fight The now irradiated Doctor under the purview of The Leader. So a straight up fist fight between monsters right? Have you read this book? Get ready for one of the deepest She-Hulk fights ever.

598095._SX360_QL80_TTD_Ms. Marvel 26 by G Willow WIlson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring & VC’s Joe Caramagna – The League of Substitute Marvels along with Red Dagger vs one of Kamala’s first foes. But the question remains: where is she? Family and friends are left perplexed. And now, chaos at the Nursery Home.

SA_21_coverScooby Apocalypse 21 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Ron Wagner, Andy Owens, Travis Lanham & Hi-Fi; 2nd Story by Giffen, DeMatteis, Phil Jimenez, Lanham & Hi-Fi – Still dealing with the fallout and turmoil from the last two issues, we catch up with the gang in the midst of figuring out what they should do next. Payoff for all this character work is about to bear fruit as we go reverse 90’s Dawn of the Dead here. In story 2, Morocco and Secret are still bickering and Agent Bea wants to get the job done. Too bad about the murderous bikini babe squad then.

JLPriest37Justice League 37 by Christopher Priest, Philippe Briones, Gabe Eltaeb & Willie Schu – The Master of telling a jumbled narrative and have it come together at the end, tells a straightforward tale this time. After last issue, a member of the team has been taken and the search is on. Meanwhile, the court of social opinion is trying the team. And if all that isn’t enough, just wait until you see who Priest has as the kidnapper.

597890._SX360_QL80_TTD_America 11 by Gabby Rivera, Stacey Lee, Flaviano, Jordan Gibson, Chris O’Halloran & VC’s Travis Lanham – Fallout from the climatic battle with Exterminatrix happens fast here as Sotomayor University attempts to return to normal. New paths. New status quo. And as this is going on, America has to make a decision or two. That doesn’t stop her from going “home” with Grandma though. Get ready for another trippy ride.

avengers-676-no-surrender.jpgAvengers 676 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit – Earth is gone from its orbit. Most of the superpowered people are literally frozen EXCEPT for founding member Voyager and a few Avengers. What was that? You never heard of voyager? Well… and this is a perfect time for The Lethal Legion and The Black Order to get into a fight on Earth.

NOV170945x100Champions 16 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado & VC’s Clayton Cowles – A longtime staple in some of my favorite Waid books is a membership drive. Here in Champions, he uncorks some of that old magic as the team seeks to replace Viv um “Vivs”. As this is going on, Vision is trying to make sense of threw status quo.


SIPXXV1Strangers In Paradise 1 by Terry Moore – Francine and Katchoo have gone through hell and misadventure to have a chance to life happily ever after. Now that happiness is threatened as another Parker Girl is turned up and unforeseen events are coming to a head. Happy 25th Anniversary SIP Fans! Now get your seatbelts on because this is will be a bumpy ride.

5id7hzmngnlyLegend of Korra 2 by Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, Paul Reinwand, Vivian Ng & Nate Piekos of Blambot – Enemies are everywhere as each and every one of Team Avatar is tested by circumstance, politics and by, oh yeah, evil. The city under siege. The spirit world is “dying” or “retracting” depending on how you look at it. With dystrophy on every side of Korra, can the Avatar keep it, and herself, together? Layered storytelling leads to fun reading.

The-Wild-Storm-Issue-11_59dd10b9347ee5.51692409The Wild Storm 11 by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt, Steve Buccellato & Simon Bowland – We get a further look into I.O. in this issue as Craven’s paranoia sees him “having enemies” everywhere. Him and Bendix are both moving pieces around the board in a gigantic power play. Meanwhile, Zealot and Grifter have a little tete-a-tete.

nov170882Avengers 677 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit sees Earth being rocked by both the Lethal Legion and The Black Order with the Avengers caught in the middle. As this is going on, an avenger is feeling a bit insecure, which in knowing Avengers’ history, means disaster will soon follow.

BP169Black Panther 169 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk, Laura Martin & VC’s Joe Sabino – So Klaw & Faustus think they have the upper hand by having one of the Dora Mijire. I guess they didn’t figure on Ramona having a counter offensive ready OR that their prisoner not despairing. Hands full. Chaos reigns. And T’Challa is about to start HIS counter offensive.

LC169Luke Cage 169 by David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna, Marcio Menyz & VC’s Joe Sabino – Buried by a cave in. Surrounded by mind ensorcelled inmates & civilians. I think it may be time for Luke to take off the kid gloves and go full throttle after Thhe Ringmaster. Question is: can he take a punch from Luke, not even a pissed of Luke at that.

598065._SX360_QL80_TTD_Marvel Two in One 2 by Chip Zdarsky, Jim Cheung, John Dell, Walden Wong, Frank Martin & VC’s Joe Caramagna – “Iron Doom” has pointed the way for Johnny and Ben to Monster Island  to find The Richards Family. Unfortunately, remnants of Monsters Unleashed and an original Fantastic Four foe stand in their way. Throw in Johnny’s inconsistent powers at the moment and this won’t be an easy task.

abbott 1Abbott 1 by Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie & Jim Campbell – Detroit in the 1970’s was a colorful, yet dreary place. For one reporter, the city gets to be much, MUCH weirder in the darker corners of the city. And when I say darker, I’m not talking black…I’m talking dark magic. Detriot has a much, MUCH deeper problem on their hands folks.

nov171752Incidentals 5 by Joe Casey, Will Rosado, Saida Temofonte, Snakebite Cortez & Ramon Govea – Recruitment drive in the most unlikeliest of places as the team is planning a recovery mission to get their captured member back. Speaking of unlikely, just wait until you see who is doing the recruiting and what the newbie’s powers are.

Whew! And this was just part 1 . . . just wait until u see what I have for part 2 . . .

Until Then, Keep Fantasizing!

Daryll Benjamin
Blerd. Irritant. Blogger. Podcaster at afronerd.com Daryll Benjamin was a quiet, insecure person for years, then an incident blew Daryll’s mind to the point where he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Now that the rage is released, EVERYONE will receive his word

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