Friday, April 13, 2012

Renaldo's Reviews: No Place Like Home #1-2, Iron Muslim #1, Dark Matter #4

No Place Like Home #1, 2 –

This is my favourite book of March. I love Angelo’s ghoulish yet sentimental feel while Jordan’s art is grisly yet telling as can be. They fit each other perfectly. Dee investigates the death of her parents in Kansas under duress and such dire circumstances are not bereft of mystery and intrigue. With a WIZARD OF OZ spin, I didn’t expect to see the flying monkey monstrosity emerge so early but with the other elements from the tale yet to be woven, I cannot wait to see the threads spun.
What Dee literally unearths of her parents is quite a shocker and it makes you wonder whether it’s a cover-up or is it something that’s just plain unexplainable. I didn’t ask for a conspiracy book but I got one and it’s a nice horror ride. Dee is sure to see the traumatic path much more now at the end of issue 2 and with such a fluent pace, I think the congruent creative duo here makes such wonderful a congress, it’s hard not to love what they offer. If you want mystery harpooned with fear and lampooned in a feast of eerie squalor then this is the book for you. It has you on the edge on your seat and keeps you guessing with nifty plot mechanisms. I’m sold completely (9/10)

Iron Muslim #1 –
Rich Johnston forfeits the taste and tact of issues such as comic-book loyalty, religion, politics and understanding meaningful humour…all for what? This book is as horrendous as it gets. It’s a total waste of existence. I cannot see anything funny here…and God knows I tried. This is pathetic and despicable. (grade F!)

Dark Matter #4 –

It’s a harried ending but the rushed climax is worth the wait. Mallozzi and Mullie give a Serenity-type story proper fruition and completion with a tinge of Whedon/Fillion embarked upon by sketchy yet impressive Garry Brown art. Ryan Hill’s colors pigeon-hole a book that’s been steeped into mystery for some time now as it subtends on emotional drama, mistrust and an enigmatic mind-wipe arc. There’s a nice setup for a second arc and it’s nice to see everything not fully resolved…this is done right for once! The book dovetails into a rebellion on a planet by its inhabitants against a corporation looking to milk the planet for its resources. The final battle ensues with some key facets returning to the planet’s aid. The solution sees compromise and it compensates well with the threads of that old Sheriff-Western movie feel. The Raza was tasked to kill the planet and now its crew turned on their employers to protect the planet’s folk. That alone made an interesting story…what followed were simple twists and turns enveloped in a good-ole space brawl. Not bad at all (8/10)

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