Friday, April 20, 2012

Renaldo's Reviews: Manhattan Projects, Steed and Mrs Peel, No Place Like Home, Resident Alien, Reset, Ragemoor, 3 Story, Near Death

The Manhattan Projects #2 –

Pitarra’s art is in stark contrast to the guile we’re accustomed seeing Hickman to at Marvel. I’m not bashing it…I love its rugged and dogged nature. There’s a grit that fits perfectly with Hickman’s script as he plots the Americans garnering an eclectic group of scientists as they pave the way forth for total domination. This is not as deft as issue 1 but it is still enjoyable. The cast Hickman concocts is remarkable as usual with Einstein conjuring a delectable yet sinister charm.
The plot twists are at a bare minimum here but they aren’t the mechanism or devices that he wants to wow you here with. It’s a scientific thrill and ingenious ride. This kind of intellectual read is borderline foreplay for nerds like me (9/10)

Steed and Mrs. Peel #4 –
Grant Morrison and Ian Gibson are not the timid duo on script and art that would see this book flounder. There’s a charisma they bring with the underlying humour to this title that makes for charming fun. However, given the occurrences of the other issues…it still feels slightly flat and mundane at times. There’s an injection of life that a typical Grant book needs midway through its run and there’s that point right here. He is holding back a bit I sense, but knowing him…he’s got a splash of something extraordinary coming. The thing is, I don’t have the patience. It isn’t an average issue but it isn’t that special. (6/10)

No Place Like Home #3 –
The tale is steeped in an eerie and horror-filled atmosphere as Dee discovers family secrets that unravel the fabric of her world. There is an inexplicable tension that arrives when a certain sinister creature unleashes his rage and it again adds to the contemporary spin of the Wizard of Oz. Somehow, Angello Tirotto and Richard Jordan have crafted an elegant swipe at the horror genre and they’re honing a book filled with amazing art to gorgeous effect. The story and pacing are delightful and they harness an intrigue that many horrors lack. It’s as much excitement as Severed! (10/10)

Resident Alien #0 –
It’s like the Mentalist but I think the twist is one I see coming. It stands to be revealed but it isn’t all CSI with this title. It still makes for an entertaining and quippy read as an alien takes up residence in a town and as a doctor, he fills in on a murder case while also tending to the inhabitants and natives. It’s such a weird-plot, I had to gander and it was pretty decent. It felt slow and dragged out at times but the concept by Peter Hogan and art by Steve Parkhouse is witty and fill of bright and brilliant life. There’s a little enigma here and there but nothing to detract attention. It’s nice to extricate some fun in reads like this and still get past the serrated plots and ploys that nibble on a page every now and then. Not bad at all… (7/10)


Reset #1 –

Art and story is by Peter Bagge…and it’s quirky as can be. It is a cartoonist and cartoon lover’s delight…yet I struggled through. Maybe it isn’t my cup of tea but the humor and wit here I found languishing at times amid copious diatribes…but it still is not that terrible to bash. It isn’t corpulent in terms of story to me but better than the opaque crap I see like Iron Muslim every now and again. I’d give this an issue 2 but it gets away by the skin of the teeth. Maybe I’m dropping this…I have to wait and see (6/10)

Ragemoor #2 –
It’s black and white glory here. Pure gold a story by Jan Strnad with Richard Corben’s sleek art. The dark-tone here stands out with intrigue and it’s a title that deserves a lot of credit. To envelope a reader with a title devoid of color is no easy feat but this book does it swimmingly in droves. The plot here meanders with purpose as it builds an intricate web of fascination and sheer mystery. There’s a syndrome of angst to the book and it’s underlying with a sense of impending grief. Spoiling details make no sense when a book is as decent as this. There are components of art that are well shadowed and crafted here with a propensity to lure in and catch eyes. Proponents of this book secured a win no doubt (8/10)

3 story –
Matt Kindt weaves something rather peculiar here and seeing this Giant-Man run awry in tales of romance as well as political intrigue is quite ludicrous, ridiculous yet quite heartwarming at times. There’s a nice tinge of broad humour but it’s wrapped in a deep message, something obscure and abstract by Kindt. Objective or not, I still enjoyed it although it’s weird even by my quaint standard (8/10)

Near Death #7 –

Faerber and Guglielmini write and sketch their usual gritty and tactful issue…here there’s a kicker. It’s about getting an aspiring writer, who didn’t even realize it, out a gang. Quite elementary, quite clichéd, quite trite, quite stereotypical at times…but as a lover of literature, it worked for me. Using writing to forego violence is something I endorse. The only way out is in a box…and/or…a book. Hell yes to that and that WTF cameo from a certain director who endorses MOORE!!! Read it and see…weep or laugh…? It’s up to you but it’s one funny moment. Even if the humor is lost on you, it’s a good message and a PSA from the Image team! (7/10)

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