|Ed’s Early Evaluations
Ahoy-hoy friends! Ed here, with a new ongoing weekly series published by Fantasium! Every week I’ll be reviewing a few select new number ones and discussing their merits, rating them and letting you know if I’m going to continue reading the title. There’s no criteria for which books I’ll be looking at, and honestly I’m just kinda winging it right now, maybe around issue seven of the “Ed’s Early Evaluations” I’ll have some semblance of structure. Until then, it’s gonna be some trial and error, thanks for reading!
This week I’m checking out:
“Agents Of Atlas” from Marvel
“Berserker Unbound” from Dark Horse
“Coffin Bound” from Image
“Death Defying Devil” from Dynamite
“The Island Of Dr. Moreau” from IDW
Agents Of Atlas: Has two related stories each doing their part to set up future adventures, the first deals with instant intercontinental travel (…teleporting, why didn’t I just say mass teleportation system?) and the latter with a possible war of dragons, I think? I mostly preferred the writing and art of the second story much more so than the initial tale. I doubt I’ll pick up issue 2
4 poorly drawn characters out of 10
Berserker Unbound: Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato Jr have delivered a solid first issue. “Totally Not Conan” shows us why he is so feared, and how he gets trapped in the modern world. Lots of internal monologue establishes the Berserker’s history and mental state, the art is stylishly rough, though beautifully detailed. The barren isolated desert has weight and foreshadows our protagonist’s predicament at the end of this issue. There’s no question if someone lost a limb or not. It’s bloody and brutal but not just for gore’s sake, it is used sparingly enough to impact. I’m not quite hooked, but I’ll definitely pick up issue 2 to see where this goes.
7 severed heads out of 10
Coffin Bound: Have you ever wanted to get away? Away from the pressures of work, school, social media, and/or the latest celebrity gossip? What if you just erased your own existence? What if you set about dropping off the grid so completely that not even a trained shamanistic assassin could find you? Then this is the book for you! Coffin Bound teems with classic post apocalyptic atmosphere, intriguing characters, and the tropes of debauchery taken to their furthest inhuman heights. I will say I am more interested in the lore, world building and supporting characters than our protagonist, but still thoroughly enjoyed the book and am adding this to my pull list.
8 vultures out of 10
The Death Defying Devil: This pulp era hero returns to save the tenants in low rent housing from some hired thugs. Think Death Wish but with spandex. Good action, decent dialogue, & solid pacing keeps the story moving well and character introductions happen quickly enough to not bog the story down. I might pick up issue 2.
5 well beaten thugs out of 10
The Island Of Dr Moreau: This is a great adaptation of a classic work of literature! If you’ve never read H.G. Wells classic story of science run amok in the creation of human animal hybrids, then this is an awesome way to experience it for the first time. The story is deftly set up, pacing is engaging, and the art captures the horror of the hybrid creatures. As much as I enjoyed this first issue, it’s the sort of story I’d prefer display on my shelf next to the original work, as such I’ll be waiting for bound graphic novel on this book.
7 grotesque abominations out of 10
There you have it! The inaugural edition of what I hope is a long running exercise. Let me know how great I did or how badly you disagree with my terrible judgment. Until next week comic fans, keep reading!