Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
by Steven Leitman
By: Gilbert Hernandez
I must have been living with my head in the sand because I had no idea who Gilbert Hernandez was before this issue. People that I know had such rave reviews for his work over the years that I sat down to look at this issue threw excited eyes. Here is what they saw.
I, myself am quite intrigued as to what would happen in the remaining issues. This revenge drama might have read a little too quick, probably five minutes for me, but it's still pretty much worth your time and your pennies and dimes. Pick it up for the art alone! The story is a plus.
Still, with his recent stride, I would consider this forgivable from Gage. Art as always, is great. It's entertaining and it distracted me from life's worries for a little while. So you can tell that the book did its job.
The art, while still great, is confusing in some panels. All in all, an average issue. But it's the first in a new arc. So, I'm sure it'll bounce back.
Also, the more we move forward, the more it makes me think; is there actually a plan involved? Are we going in any direction? Any clear direction? The chinks in the armor are beginning to show. This issue does have a lot going for it though. Great art, a captivating enough story to capture the readers attention, humor....but still, the similarity of the revelation is quite distracting.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Larry Marder's Beanworld has become one of my favorite books since I discovered it a few years ago. And this collection is a fantastic addition to the series. This book is like a mini anthology for Bean World. Each story is interconnected by way of flashbacks from different characters. With Marder's simplistic but wonderful art the characters still come alive and emote wonderfully with such a small amount of line line work. His art shows that you can still be a great storyteller with out having to over render your drawing.
Most of the stories in here revolve around the Pod'lPool Cuties, the babies of Bean World. How they are goring up and how they learn to interact with each other. Beanish, the artist of Beanworld, talks to his love and muse Dreamishness, and makes toys for the Cuties, which in turn makes them interact. Which they had not been doing before. We also get some action as Mr Spook the hero of Beanworld, along with the Spear Fling'n Flank'rs ward off an imposing figure. Lastly we get hints of more cuties on the way at some point in the future.
Bean World to me, has always been about how life should be. Everyone working together, and when you need to get what is necessary like food. You get it, but you also replace what you take. Bean World is a very symbiotic place. It is also a place where imagination flourishes. And helps shape the world. Bean World is hard to describe, but easy to know. As Marder says, “Beanworld isn't a place, it's a process”
As always Dragon is a highly entertaining read. As two major plots begin to come to a head. The invasion of earth is in full swing. Dragon's son, Malcolm Dragon and his step sister Angel race around trying to find a way to stop these seemingly unstoppable aliens. Angel has practically given up and Malcolm steps up big time in this issue. While Dragon, who is is space makes a decision that is not too popular with his people.
There is of course a lot of action and drama going on during all of this. In what is probably my favorite section of the book we get flashes all over the world of heroes, and villains, fighting these alien menaces. There are a handful of nice cameos by other Image characters. I always love how Savage Dragon has always embraced the shared universe, but with out relying too heavily on it like Marvel or DC.
I have always been a fan of Larsen's art, but with this issue he seems to have stepped up his game again. The last few issues, while good have not been the strongest artistically. Larsen really shines in this issue. Showing lots of carnage as well as the little character moments. There are even moments of levity in an issue that is almost nothing but carnage. Rex and Horridus's scene in particular cracked me up. Savage Dragon has been on a roll these last few issues, and I hope that Larsen is able to keep this momentum going as well as keep his art as good as it is in this issue.
There are bound to be a lot of shake ups from what happened towards the end of the issue. I look forward to seeing just what Larsen can do.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I'm looking at the list of books you’ve written over the past 2 years – Snow Angel, The Intrepids, Green Wake, plus a novel, your Sky Pirates of Neo Terra stuff, and 3 comics on (or soon to be) the stands – I guess my question is how did you get to be so awesome?!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The characters in this book are getting really interesting. When we were first introduced to Guy I wasn’t sure what to make of him. After this issue, it’s clear that he’s a lot more intelligent than anyone is giving him credit for, and I’m really excited to see how he develops.
I do not really know what the problem is, but for me, it seems to be lacking a bit of "oomph" that would make it stand as a good book. Perhaps because it was exposition heavy? Perhaps the plot was a little too generic?
There is a lot about this book that’s formulaic. It begins in a quaint little fishing village.
Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to bring awesomeness to the table with Saga – this issue in a disturbing way that is decidedly not for the faint of heart. In issue 4, Alana and Marco discuss ‘Gwendolyn’, the last page A-bomb from issue three. Meanwhile, The Will visits a place called ‘Sextillion’, which is just as graphic and disturbing as it sounds.
The story by Caitlin Kiernan is really enjoyable and a pleasant mixture of many things. There is a balance in her style of writing that leaves me completely engaged in her writing.
I have been a fan of Riley Rossmo’s art since I first encountered it in the incredible “Green Wake” and just like in that series his work on
Dark horse Presents #13 showcases a preview of 9 creator owned stories, all of very different genres and styles. From the Vampiric horror story criminal macabre to novella profile: a cross story, supernatural hero the occultist to war era hero black beetle and even an aliens tie in story, the net is cast far and wide regarding the talent on offer.
Sully, the leader of the human resistance movement, no longer believes in peace as the answer and now fights back. In her effort to discover who is behind the abduction of her
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Well, first issue was good and here, the plot twists are obvious. I kind of did not want to actually deal with the obvious clone factor…yes…clone factor. We have a retired assassin on the lam…from his younger clone…who lures him out of hiding by kidnapping his girl. It’s a bit clichéd and mish-mashed but somehow, Nathan Edmondson does well enough on the story to have me attached for the next issue. Nic Klein also gives me that Francavilla feel that I love with his visuals but unless there’s a grand deus ex machina in issue 3…I’ll be dropping.
Kirkman, Ottley and co has done it again. This book, at least for this humble reader, has not had a dull moment since....I couldn't even remember when. They consistently deliver, breaking new ground with each chapter. There's always something in the air with this title, something happening that moves the story forward.
The art on this series is perfection! It’s bold and graphic playing off the tones and content within the pages adding a whole new layer to the story!
All I can say is woah, the twists and turns continue!
For Callum Isreael the mission remains: search this crumbling world for answers to the cause of the crash, and keep up the hunt for their missing ship the Massive, lost and adrift in the chaos. Okay, so basically this is and end of the world story where the world hasn’t really ended but it has been irrevocably damaged.
This issue is the end of the second story arc in Buffy season 9 “C:\> apart (of_me)”,
Only things aren’t what they appear to be, mind you we really don’t see any of the Kiss members yet, I’ve only read ten pages mind you,
I’ll say this though Sardu, the vampire, is no myth his Bubbeh told true stories in the old world.
His suits internal computer is named Rictor.
Poor Quinn has no idea what the heck is going on and Alan isn’t being exactly forthcoming either.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The story is fun and I think Jordan has done a great job, while the content isn’t overly heavy it still feels like it has substance.
This is the issue we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to “wood run.” This issue is by far one of the best of Morning Glories yet. The story is exciting, daring and dark. The art plays perfectly with the writing bringing the end to the most captivating story arcs of Morning Glories yet.
Spencer has taken us on quite the ride with “Wood Run” there have been old questions answered,
Okay I have to say that the flashback to when they were kids was incredibly powerful.
I would say you’d never know but real life seems to be mimicking art these days with “zombie” attacks in Florida and Maryland so who knows
I’m familiar with Joshua’s work and I’ve always been a fan in the past and I’ll tell ya the present is no different.