Friday, May 11, 2012

Renaldo's Reviews: Thief of Thieves #3-4, Our Love is Real, Higher Earth #1, X-O Manowar #1, Green Lantern #7-9

Thieve of Thieves #3, 4 –

Kirkman’s vision is well done here by Nick Spencer who continues to thrash out work that overrides already impressive Morning Glories material. Spencer brings extra layers of grit and a hardfelt dimension of surrealism in a world of con and capers. Redmond is a master thief trying to leave a life of disaster behind but he finds himself in knots and tangled webs by individuals who just want to see him burn. Toss in an attractive agent on his tail, a son who no doubt will be Redmond’s downfall and the deft art of Shawn Martinbrough
…this book continues to surpass my already-high expectations. (8/10)

Our Love is Real #1 –
Sam Humphries cooks up a psychedelic and trippy storyline that tries to mend borders of sexuality with barriers of contemporary prose…and he does so in the most WTF manner. This is a quirky, weird-concept book that jests and jests with subtle metaphors and sublime hints at society’s decadence. It’s also thoroughly gross. Really…it churns your stomach. Steven Sanders helps reconcile sanity to this book with astute pencils and with art this telling, I think you’re in for a fun ride. (7/10)

Higher Earth #1 –
I think this is what Jeph Loeb tried to do with Cable and Hope. Sam Humphries does it better. It’s a tale of sliding from one alternate earth to the next while trying to find an ideal place to inhabit…or so it seems. Humphries gives a raw action feel to the title with a lot of intrigue, mystery and the obvious plot of what the heroes may or may not do when they face the alternate versions of themselves. This is the kind of crisis DC likes. Usually, I’d despise this story but Humphries delivers a well-rounded script and the glossy art of Francesco Biagini isn’t a sore sight…it’s downright pleasant in fact. (7/10)

X-O Manowar #1 –
Two factions at battle. Take that in. Romans versus Visigoths. The war is arcane and brutal until a few of the latter find themselves abducted and lampooned into an alien world. The protagonists are thrust into a realm that reminds me of space coliseums and gladiators where parallels can be drawn from John Carter. I’m glad to see Valiant Comics giving it a go here and to see heroes (akin to Steve Rogers) tossed in areas where they are out of their depth and away from their war novelties and fighting elements, makes for interesting page-flipping. Cary Nord is delectable on the title and sketches Robert Venditti’s script brilliantly. It’s well-paced and spunky. It’s in your face and I can’t wait for issue 2. (9/10)

Green Lantern #7-9
This is probably Johns’ best work since Blackest Night as we get Doug Mahnke tackling a script that embellishes on lore such as the Black Book, Abin Sur, the Guardians, William Hand and of course, the Guardians. Retcons or not, John fits the secrets of the Indigo Tribe well within the jigsaw frame he etched years aback and the pieces of the puzzle come together to full effect here. Seeing the sabotage and duplicity in the cutthroat Guardians is quite shocking and forced at times, but it’s all alleviated by that dynamic Hal and Sinestro chemistry. There are obstinate revelations here but they work well, especially given the tedious nature of the Indigo clan. Cue that last page…and hell yeah…it’s on. (9/10)

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