|Ed’s Early Evaluations #6
Aloha kakahiaka, it’s that time again, the best day of the week…New comic book day! How cool is it that this hobby exists? That a team of talented individuals can come together to transport us on a shared journey to new and exciting places, that we can explore the future or get lost in the past. We all have this thing in common, that these stories are shared memories. So pick up a book, sit down, and make a memory with me.
“Gotham City Monsters” DC: This is a good introductory issue, establishing who the actors are, what’s motivating them and how they’re being roped into this team. It’s surprising that this group of monsters are going to tackle a multiversal threat, but I’m intrigued to see how it plays out. There’s some really cool artwork and one panel in particular where Frakenstein cut’s someone in half! No spoilers though, you’ll have to pick it up to find out who gets sliced. I think I’ll be checking out the second issue. 6 occult baboons out of 10
“King Thor” Marvel: Though I haven’t been reading Jason Aaron’s run on Thor, this capstone mini series still peaked my interest and is done so well, I’m gonna have to keep reading. The only time my interest waned is when the focus shifted to Thor’s granddaughters, that I suspect has more to do with having no frame of reference rather than it being poorly executed. Luckily that only happens a couple times, the bulk of the issue focuses on an epic battle between Thor and Loki. Easy to pick up if your curious and I’m sure it’s great for those who have followed the run. 7 napalm planets out of 10
“Pandemica” IDW: Boy howdy does this set the stage. If you like procedural dramas or outbreak stories this’ll be the book for you. Line work is hurried, with modern realistic character designs, except one which seems to come out of an arcade fighter. Plotting and writing move smoothly, effortlessly capturing the tone of talk shows, news networks and old acquaintances reconnecting. There is some cursing and it gets political occasionally but it never felt hamfisted, just a natural extension of character beliefs. I’m adding this to my pull. 8 names that change between panels out of 10 (No really, there is one panel where an established character is called by a different name, see if you catch this editorial slip up as well)
“Trees” Image: Something weird is going on in this town, and it’s not just the gigantic space trees. Mysterious stranger is murdered, every shipment is delayed, other plot points I don’t want to spoil. It’s an intriguing set up, with so many mysteries that it’s either gonna hook you or seem exhaustive. I found the opening lovers quarrel to be the most interesting part of the story, whereas I really should have been hooked by all the weirdness. Line work uses simplicity and cross hatching to effectively evoke the rustic rural nature of this town, while the muted color pallet drives home the cold desolate surroundings wilderness. Everything was done well it just didn’t grab me, not gonna follow this series. 7 Boris’s out of 10
See You Around The Shop –Ed