Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'War Mother' #1 by Fred Van Lente, Stephen Segovia, Elmer Santos, and Andrew Dalhouse

Fred Van Lente is back with "War Mother." After making a splash with the 4001 A.D one-shot last year, Van Lente along with artists Stephen Segovia and Elmer Santos is bringing a new miniseries to Valiant.



WAR MOTHER #1 
    
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Stephen Segovia
Colors: Elmer Santos, Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Release Date: August 23, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

After removing the previous cruel leader of the Grove, Ana the 'War Mother' now has the burden of governing one of the desolate regions of this 41st century dystopian future. Unfortunately, resources are scarce and it forces her to venture out again in hopes of finding another sustainable area to live. Armed with only her wits and a sentient A.I. weapon that she calls Flaco, Ana leaves behind a whiny husband and anxious citizens to follow a beacon coming from a remote high-rise. 

The one-shot established Ana as a relentless warrior willing to do whatever is necessary for her people. This opening chapter finds her more comfortable in her role as leader, almost complacent, which makes her seem flippant in regards to the problems facing the Grove. And when she's in the field facing down scavengers she's a little too jovial and nonchalant about the situation at hand. I don't remember this level of hubris from the one-shot. She's a badass and she knows it but it comes off as arrogance. Ana is still a cool character whose bravery and skill is unmatched but her personality has changed a bit since her one-shot. 

This abandoned high-rise where the beacon originated from seems like the perfect new home but perhaps it's too good to be true. The beacon also attracted less friendly individuals as well which makes keeping it protected a challenge. Van Lente is setting up the migration to a new home with some mysterious dangers hidden and it works well despite some familiar story notes we've seen before. Ana is still the leader you want to follow but her early portrayal in the issue was a little off-putting. 

Stephen Segovia, Elmer Santos, and Andrew Dalhouse didn't work on the one-shot but they knock this issue out of the park. There are so much detail and visceral action that get rich colors and fluid layouts. There's a great sense of urban decay with nature working its way back to reclaim the area with growing weeds and moss covering some of the high-rise and surrounding areas. This is a dystopia but hasn't reached Mad Max -level just yet. There's still a chance for humanity given the chance and it's beautifully captured by the art team. 

'War Mother' is a franchise in the making. The one-shot set the table for this mini and it Van Lente and company delivers a familiar but exciting dystopian survival story. Ana the War Mother is a little cockier than before but still the leader you want to face the danger of new home in a new land. 'War Mother' is worth the read. 

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PREVIEW: 'Tet' #4 by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

We've seen Eugene's story. But during his last day's in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She's always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he's given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

REVIEW: 'Cyber Force' #3 by Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins, and Atilio Rojo

The story of Aphrodite is the focus of 'Cyber Force' #3. This compelling chapter continues to build the new world of Top Cow's reimagined original title. Corporate greed leads to murder and coercion until one doctor's obsession results in a powerful revelation.


CYBER FORCE #3 
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Artist: Atilio Rojo Letterer: Troy Peteri Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Marc Silvestri released 'Cyber Force' twenty-six years ago and this second reboot of the former flagship series rests in the hands of writers Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins. It was only a matter of time before we'd get the whereabouts of the sentient android Aphrodite. Hill and Hawkins dedicate this issue to her story, and it's probably the best in the series so far. We get very little Carin and Morgan in order to give what is essentially an unnerving scientific horror story. 
Cyber Data is the or…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'The Ghost, The Owl' Hardcover by Franco and Sara Richard

On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren.


What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together?  Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be?  What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, the Ghost, the Owl.

THE GHOST, THE OWL HC
In stores on 5/2/2018 Writer(s): Franco Artist Name(s): Sara Richard Cover Artist(s): Sara Richard
48 pgs./ A / FC                   $9.99





PREVIEW: 'Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer' TPB by Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco

The Vegas strip heats up as Cassie Hack and her companion Vlad are on the trail of a deadly slasher and meet the lovely, yet lethal Vampirella. The team-up event you’ve been waiting for is a high stakes game of chance when they have to take on The Queen of Hearts!


This Volume collects the complete, 5-issue series by Shawn Aldridge (The Dark and Bloody) and Rapha Labosco (James Bond), and features all of the covers by Jenny Frison, Carli Ihde, Jen Vaughn, Kyle Strahm, Chrissie Zullo, Goran Sudzuka, Michael Dooney, Bully Tucci, and more!

Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer TP
writer: Shawn Aldridge artist: Rapha Lobosco cover: Jenny Frison FC  |  136 pages  |  $19.99  |  Teen+  
COLLECTING ISSUES 1-5