|Ed’s Early Evaluations|
Happy Halloween Friends! I hope you got lots of candy and read some scary stories! So if you haven’t noticed I’ve started playing fast and loose with the “rules” I first set out. Not every book gets an official score, sometimes I’ll do a title from every publisher, sometimes I’ll skip stuff, I might critique or just summarize the plots. Also be on the lookout for the new previews list on the front counter, lots of cool new books coming out soon, so make sure you put them on your pull so you don’t miss out. Until next time, Read Responsibly–Ed
“Basketful Of Heads” DC: This is a slow burn build up with a tight cliffhanger. The line work and colors capture an old school gritty horror vibe, where everything is bright but slowly sliding out of control. The back-up story is interesting, werewolves in the Continental Navy! It’s not the book for me, but it may be the book for you.
7 bad hiding spots out of 10
“Excalibur” Marvel: I’m not sure if this issue is setting up an ongoing war with [Redacted] or if it’s only Betsy Braddock’s new identity [Redacted] origin story. The previews probably spoiled that character reveal, but I won’t! Ultimately it left me with more questions than anything. I’m gonna pick up number two and see where this goes.
6 mutants formerly known as “Apocalypse” out of 10
“Chrononauts” Image: I wish I had enough time to read all four issues, but there are too many books that need reviews. It’s a fun time travel adventure, with snappy dialogue, quick line work, and an “Odd Couple” dynamic to the protagonists.
7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles out of 10
“Joker: Killer Smile” DC: It’s not so much a look into the Joker’s madness as it is watching the Joker drive a visiting psychiatrist insane. The story slowly unfolds, layer upon layer is creepier and more confusing for the protagonist than the last. Panel layout swings from standard sequential storytelling to superimposed teeth, smiles, and pov eyes.
8 bedtime stories out of 10
“The Last God” DC: Bit of horror fantasy, with deep world building and great back matter for lore enthusiasts or gamers. The monster designs are unique and occasionally disturbing, while each bit of dialogue adds depth to the characters.
7 hungry dogs out of 10
“Pink Lemonade” It’s Alive: I don’t know what to say. It’s a young woman’s quest to become a hero, fighting through amnesia, self doubt, and misunderstandings with the law. It’s a light and colorful story that weaves and advances without progressing, until it does. The art makes me think of France and I have no idea why. If you like, Tang, Kool-Aid, and especially Orange Juice this is the book for you.
6 meta textual references to dark and gritty reboots of beloved childhood characters out of 10
“Roku” Valiant: She’s a telepath, her hair is her favored weapon, and she’s ready to kill for the highest bidder. Roku is an amnesiac femme fatale that knows she’s the best in a dirty business. Seems like a standard mercenary style “snatch and grab” story. The character designs are solid and easily differentiate the players.
5 bad hair days out of 10
“Tales from The Dark Multiverse: The Death Of Superman” DC: A darn fun reimagining of the biggest comic event ever. I wish this were a bit longer, maybe five or ten pages, as it sometimes felt rushed like connective tissue was missing. But it’s full of big moments, and awesome battles. The art is bombastic during fights then full of tender emotions during quiet personal moments. It was great seeing [Redacted] and [Redacted] get their comeuppance.
6 one way tickets to space out of 10
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RENEGADE GAMES STUDIOS
In Aquicorn Cove, players work together to rebuild their small fishing village after a devastating storm, while maintaining a balance with the natural world. Luckily, the waters of their cove are home to the beautiful and benevolent Aquicorns, who can help them learn to live in harmony with the ocean. To win, the villagers must feed and grow their village and help restore the health of the reef and the aquatic ecosystem.
|LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1|
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook
Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?
|NEW MUTANTS #1 DX|
(W) Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson (A/CA) Rod Reis
THE NEW GENERATION CLAIMS THE DAWN!
The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!