Advance Reviews by JoeLovesComics | 27th October

Curious to know what some of the new Image/Boom!/Vault issues releasing this week are like? Look no further than the latest edition of this segment.

The issues covered this week are:

  • Good Luck #5

  • Gunslinger Spawn #1

  • House of Slaughter #1

  • Human Remains #2

  • Ice Cream Man #26

  • King Spawn #3

  • M.O.M: Mother of Madness #3

  • Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #4

All reviews will be spoiler free.

Good Luck #5

This was a nice conclusion to a fun series that I haven't seen enough people talking about. If you have a light week when the trade comes out definitely consider picking it up. Every month it has had the fun whimsical nature that reminds me of Saturday morning cartoons. In the days when you can get lost in endless big two crossovers or deep into (fantastic, but sometimes dark) mind bending indie books, this was just such a nice refreshing read. I loved the premise, it was a captivating story and I adored how bright and vibrant the artwork was. It really suited the story and just elevated that overall exciting whimsical feel of it that I mentioned earlier in the review.

Overall a great finale to a nice tight five issue mini series that was a very enjoyable read and worth checking out in the eventual trade if you can!

Gunslinger Spawn #1

On the whole, I did like this. I've been really enjoying Spawn and King Spawn, so I was excited to check this out as I love the design and idea of the character. But I thought this was definitely the weakest out of the three so far. Although what I will say is I thought this issue utilised the oversized first issue much better than King Spawn #1. I did enjoy reading those backups, but ultimately they weren't relevant to the story and just general backups similar to the ones from the Spawn's Universe special from a few months ago.

The backups in here actually featured Gunslinger himself, they were good reads that I would say nicely rounded out the book into the neat $5.99 package that it is. That being said I actually much preferred the art in those backups to the main story. There were a couple set in his original time, which had an art style that really suited that Western setting they took place in, and then one with nice vibrant colours, especially the red of his cape, that I've been loving about the Spawn titles recently. However in the main story the art just wasn't for me. I appreciated it, but it just felt too flat, almost muted and washed out so that I just couldn't get into it. I liked the story so definitely intrigued to see where that goes, but yeah that art wasn't for me.

House of Slaughter #1

I have been loving Something is Killing the Children, and like (hopefully) most readers, I was intrigued to learn more about the House of Slaughter, especially from a fresh perspective that wasn't Erica.

I'm so glad to say this did not disappoint. It's unclear when exactly this takes place, but while Aaron shows up in Erica's origin arc from SITKC #16-20, this feels like a similar timeframe but showing what he's going through and I love that. We've seen Erica's story (and will eventually continue her story) but this is Aaron's story, and I thought he was definitely a compelling protagonist.

The artwork was clearly a different style to Dell'Edera's, but due to Muerto's rich colouring it had the same feeling as SITKC. It was satisfying because it felt visually distinct signifying clearly this was a different character's perspective we were seeing, but similar enough that it still felt like part of the same universe.

Overall, whether you've read SITKC or not and you're intrigued at all by the mythology you have to check this out. I recommend reading SITKC in general because it's one of my favourite series, but you will be fine if you just want to jump straight into this. A very promising first issue with an exciting ending that I loved, check it out if you can!

Human Remains #2

When I read the first issue I hadn't looked at the solicit so didn't know what to expect, I liked it but needed another issue to gather my thoughts on it more.

I did quite like this. The first issue was more set up and an introduction to this brave new world, as you would expect, but this issue properly got into exploring the new world and I thought it was a very interesting read.

I don't know when this was written, but there were some parts in here that felt quite on the nose for experiences from the past 18 months, but the way they were explored with this concept made for a good read. I first encountered Cantirino's art and Kelly's colouring on I Walk With Monsters earlier this year, and there's something about the art style that I like. It's got a textured feel with bold colours not as in they're vibrant but they just feel really rich in their own way. Very intrigued to see where this goes.

Ice Cream Man #26

What do I even say about this book? It's the same every issue, but it doesn't feel like it should work. This was another issue that was absurd in it's simplicity, but in an incredibly and unbelievably captivating way.