|Ed’s Early Evaluations #9
Welcome back friends! There are so many new books this week! Honestly, I couldn’t get to each one, so here’s a smattering of stories. We got one book from each publisher, we’ve got horror, deconstructions, murder mysteries and spy thrillers. Enjoy mes amis!
“Black Terror” Dynamite: It’s a unique take on what motivates a superhero into action. Is it for the love of friends, family or countrymen? Do they act out of self-interest? Why do they go into retirement only to re-emerge, trying in vain to uphold the standards of a long past age? Or is it all for the rush? If any of that interests you, pick this up you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be following this series for sure. 7 formic vapors out of 10
“Contagion” Marvel: No punches are pulled as issue one infects [Redacted] after responding to a plea for help. The origin is unknown, its effects are immediate, as multiple global epicenters appear. Writing is great, really giving each character their own voice, and the art is cartoony enough not to be repulsive, but man does that infection look disgusting! I think I’ll be checking out the next issue. 7 hazel walnut kitty litters out of 10
“Nomen Omen” Image: This is easily the most interesting and engaging book I read this week. It’s rare that a title that explores the mundane nuances of life can simultaneously delve deeply into the esoteric underpinnings of creation, while still providing an exciting cliffhanger. Color and its lack thereof, plays an integral role in the story telling and is a bold decision that pays off. This design choice drew me in, and I felt connected, and acutely aware of its changes. There’s also some nudity, occult stuff, spiritual light beings etc. I’m adding this to my pull box. 9 light owls out of 10
“Ruby Falls” Darkhorse: A good premise poorly executed. Are an old woman’s memories of a murder during her childhood real or dementia? Unfortunately, it’s bland and should stay a cold case. The best parts of the book are the little interactions between townsfolk. It’s small town USA going through the growing pains of upscale boutique stores moving in, locals trying to keep traditions alive while newcomers want it all to change. Sadly, this is few and far between. 5 pink floors out of 10
“Strange Skies Over East Berlin” Boom: A cold war era spy thriller mixed with a healthy dose of the X-Files. It’s got some cool artwork, especially great at capturing the atmosphere of the city, and the weird moments of other world-ness. Most of the story is propelled by inner monologues, that feel like journal entries. The tension slowly builds and is about to boil over when the issue ends setting up a great hook and paying off some foreshadowing. I’d like to check out the next issue. 7 supernatural spaghetti strands out of 10
“Vampire State Building” Ablaze: It’s a pretty straightforward horror story, following most of the genre tropes. This isn’t a bad thing. Sure, it’s great to subvert expectations, but it’s also comforting to watch a familiar story unfold. Enjoying the execution and nods to other stories. It’s a bit slow establishing our main characters but the weirdness starts building less than halfway through, and by the end I feel like I’m reading “Die Hard” meets “30 Days of Night”. Overall a pretty good read that got better the further I read. I’d like to see where this goes. 6 homeless vampires out of 10