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JACK OF FABLES #20 by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, and Russ Braun
This was a hilarious issue. Jack is always funny, but this was just great. This was my favorite Babe the Blue Ox soliloquy. I will forever know that the abyss hates having its pupils dilated. There was also a lot of story moving forward. The part where everybody forgot about Paul Bunyan is very interesting. I’m wondering where that is going and what the effects will be.
FABLES #70 by Bill Willingham and Niko Henrichon
Guest art is always a little weird when you’ve gotten so used to seeing characters a certain way. This issue was a lot of setting up for the following issues of war. It had the long awaited scene of Boy Blue telling Rose Red how he feels. It looks like Blue’s going to have a lot to do in the next few issues. The farm fables have an important choice to make about going back to the homelands. I particularly liked the discussion about how they wouldn’t have any technology anymore and wouldn’t be able to talk to their online friends anymore. That’s the kind of mix of modern and fable that has always been the gem of this book.
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1 by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Carlos Paul
Incredible developments with the Green Lama and Dynamic Man. Bruce’s quest just got a lot more difficult. Dynamic Man betrays them all with having taken the magic out of the urn, but Bruce himself betrayed those he most cared about, so it makes for an interesting dynamic. So far, only the Green Lama is a great guy. I’m anxious to find out what’s the next step in this quest to free those superheroes trapped in the urn.
NARCOPOLIS #2 by Jamie Delano and Jeremy Rock
The best part of this was the bird. The first flight of the bird is both sad and funny. The strange language seems to be toned down a bit so that it doesn’t get in the way of understanding what’s being said. The fact that Gray Neighbor decided to become a cop is kind of weird, but we’ll see where this goes.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #35 by Ed Brubaker and Bruce Guice
This is still a great book, but I thought this issue was a little lacking compared to other issues. There’s a lot of Bucky fighting as the new Captain America, but the issue is rather forgettable. It’s still one of the best superhero books out there right now, but it felt stalled this time out.
KICK-ASS #1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
This has humor, realism, and the fulfillment of every comic fan’s fantasy. It’s a teenager who decides to really try being a superhero in our regular world. He lays low the first few nights, trying out his costume and trying to find a cool name. His first fight ends with him being left for dead. I really want to find out how he survives. The teenager angle is done really well, with a modern, no-holds-barred style. Check this one out.
ROGUE ANGEL #1 by Barbara Randall Kesel and Renae De Liz
This book has a lot of potential. It’s a mix of several genres and styles. It has a modern female Indiana Jones bent, with a woman archeologist. She’s normally a cable show host (Discovery Channel style) and is asked on a dig by an old friend from grad school. It’s about the old west, Mark Twain, and someone trying to kill the friend, an Indian (as in from India) archeologist obsessed with the old west and Mark Twain. Throw in the magical element that shows up at the end, the magic sword, and you have more genres than you can shake a stick at. This could be very good, or it could start sucking. Lets hope for the former as I continue reading this gem.
HELLBLAZER #241 by Andy Diggle and Leonardo Manco
Constantine’s been running from his pursuers, but then he realizes that he neds to deal with this the old Constantine way. He needs to outsmart his enemies in deadly and brutal ways. Diggle continues his amazing run on Hellblazer with his spot on characterizations and storylines. He was a much needed boost for the Hellblazer series, and I look forward to each issue. This is an automatic buy book.
GRAVEL #1 by Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer, and Raulo Caceres
This is Constantine with a gun. So far the hard-boiled magician detective thing works, but it has been done already. I’m enjoying the book (there was an issue 0 out already), but I’m waiting for the point where this story becomes something that couldn’t have been in a Hellblazer book. What makes Gravel different than Constantine? I’m hoping to find out.
THOR #6 by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel
I really liked this issue, but for the same reasons I really liked the scene in a previous issue with the mail box. I like the Asgardians trying to be a part of this town. This issue is mostly a series of anecdotes from the townspeople about run-ins they’ve had with people from Asgard. From the first page with the realistic eggs and bacon (mmmm, bacon) and the town hall meeting about sanitation, to the boy that wants to know why his dad doesn’t punch boars out, too, it’s all just great. There’s very little story development, but it’s the story development that seems to slow it down. This has got to be my favorite issue so far.
CRIMINAL 2 #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
This is a new volume, so new numbering. This is going to be done-in-ones that are linked by a robbery. The robbery is just barely in this issue. It’s like a recent storyline in Scalped, where each story was about the same night and time, but different people. This was a good issue that was all about the choices that we make. It’s a good time to pick up the series if you haven’t been reading it so far, because of the new storyline. It references people that were mentioned before, but you don’t need to know anything to start right now.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY #3 by Oscar Wilde, Roy Thomas, and Sebastian Fiumara
This Marvel Illustrated just keeps going strong. The art compliments the story so lovely. The final reveal of the portrait is so great because it is clearly of a cruel and older man, without being grotesque. It is truly how Dorian Gray would have aged, yet he still looks as young and innocent as ever. I think this is one of the best adaptations of novel into comics.
DAN DARE #4 by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine
This continues the fun story that’s a mix between WWII fighter ace style and science fiction space adventure. I’m not finding any deeper meaning in the story, but I don’t have to. The characters are sympathetic and well drawn. The art is easy to see what’s going on while still having some interestingly placed panels. It’s a fun adventure.
QUICK REVIEWS FOR COMICS DUE 03-05-08
By John Judy
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #552 by Bob Gale and Phil Jimenez. The writer of “Back to the Future” takes on Spidey. “Great Scott!” No wait, that’s X-Men….
BOYS #16 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Involving an undead “hero” and a gerbil. Ennis pushes the envelope and then sticks it screaming into the shredder. Not for kids.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #12 by Drew Goddard and Georges Jeanty. A new story-arc “Wolves at the Gate” from the writer of “Alias”, “Lost”, and “Cloverfield.” Set in Tokyo.
CABLE #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti. Cable's in 2043 New Jersey which is even worse than 2008 New Jersey if such a thing is possible. And he's got the mutant killer Jesus baby from “Messiah Complex.” At least there's violence.
CLANDESTINE #2 of 5 written and drawn by Alan Davis. An immortal family dramedy reminiscent of a good "Buffy" but with a lot of back-story. And it's got Davis art so of course it looks great.
FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL SC by Bill Willingham and Every Artist You Love, including Vess, Bolland, Kaluta, and many more! Something for everyone! Recommended!
GREEN LANTERN #28 by Geoff Johns and Mike McKone. More fun with the Alpha Lanterns, the Lost Lanterns, and the Pistachio Rocky-Road Lanterns!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. Lotsa never before seen goodies celebrating the release of the popular DVD.
KIRBY: KING OF COMICS HC by Mark Evanier. Years in the making, this is Evanier’s tribute to his former boss and long-time friend, Jack Kirby, the guy who co-created the foundations of the Marvel Universe and a lot more. Already going back to press, this book is a must for all subjects of The King. Highly Recommended.
LOGAN #1 of 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Eduardo Risso. Given the creative team this book shall surely take its place in the small but elite club of “Wolverine Comics That Don’t Suck.”
NORTHLANDERS #4 by Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice. Sven the Uber-Viking faces repercussions from his latest naughtiness. Great stuff from the author of DMZ.
OMEGA THE UNKNOWN #6 of 10 by Jonathan Lethem and Faryl Dalrymple. This issue has a nice but spare memorial page to the late Steve Gerber, creator of Omega the Unknown and Howard the Duck, who passed away recently from a smoking-related illness. Beyond that you're either into this series already or you're not.
SCALPED #15 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera. Introducing Mr. Brass and his little black bag of pain. Okay, all of you have to start reading this now. Except for the kids. Highly recommended.
STREETS OF GLORY #4 of 6 by Garth Ennis and Mike Wolfer. The battle rages on against renegade Indians, blown shipping deadlines, and Avatar’s crummy website.
TERRY MOORE’S ECHO #1 written and drawn by Terry Moore. The creator of STRANGERS IN PARADISE wonders what it would be like to be the host of a symbiotic nuclear weapon and a dead woman who lives in your heart. Well, who hasn’t?!
THE TWELVE #3 of 12 J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston. A really strong issue focusing on how the twelve time-tossed heroes of the 40s are adjusting to the 21st century. Gorgeous art by Weston. Thus far the strongest of the three "golden-age revival" books on the stands this month. Highly recommended.
UNCANNY X-MEN #496 by Ed Brubaker and Mike Choi. Global Mutant Action in San Francisco and Russia! A good issue but one you shouldn't read until the current ASTONISHING X-MEN story wraps up. Major Spoiler Alert! Otherwise recommended.
YOUNG LIARS #1 written and drawn by David Lapham. The creator of STRAY BULLETS begins his first full-color monthly book featuring the adventures of a brain-damaged rich girl, a pathological liar, and their entourage of losers. Not for the young or faint of heart. Recommended.
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