|Ed’s Early Evaluations #7
Hello all, Ed Goodwill reporting in from Area 51, doing my best to liberate some fine alien comic books! I haven’t found any yet, but I wont rest until I do, unless…no, it can’t be, do aliens not read comic books? Advanced civilization my butt. Well even if I don’t find any extra-terrestrial tales for your bemusement, maybe I can get these Xenomorphs to try some of this week’s best books. Happy reading friends.
“Flash Forward” DC: Following Wally West after the events of “Heroes in Crisis” but don’t worry if you didn’t read it, Scott Lobdell quickly and effortlessly recaps the story while setting up the adventures of this book. If the opening page with the cosmic Minotaur dude doesn’t grab ya by the horns, I’m sure the ending will when Wally finds himself face to face with [Redacted] I’m excited to see where this mini-series goes. 7 conveniently damaged power dampeners out of 10
“GI JOE” IDW: This book really surprised me, both with the quality of writing and the more mature take on the franchise. It’s not a dark and gritty reboot, but it does set a more mature tone right out of the gate with the death of [Redacted], not gonna lie that really caught me off guard and got me paying closer attention. My one complaint is the art, it’s not bad by any means, it’s just that thicker line cartoony look that I personally don’t enjoy. Character design is distinct, colors are a perfect balance of bright and dark, so that it fits the serious tone of the story but doesn’t weigh the art down with muted greys and browns. Pretty sure I’m picking up the next issue. 8 Molotov cocktails out of 10
“Spider-Man” Marvel: J.J. Abrams debut comic is dark and mysterious. Opening in the middle of a climactic battle, then jumping twelve years into the future we see the personal struggles caused by that battle. It’s tight, it’s hopeful, it’s dark, it’s familiar yet fresh, it’s comedic and serious. Art supports the story telling with expressive body language and emotional facial expressions. I want to say more but I would have to redact every other word, this issue is chock full of spoilers. I’m adding this to my pull list, don’t want to miss an issue! 8 sausage links out of 10
“Steeple” Dark Horse: This is a somewhat slow but fun first issue that ends on a big surprise twist to some characters introduced earlier in the books. It’s a priest literally fighting demons each night to save his town, and the main character is the newest priest added to that fight, except she wasn’t told what was really going on. Full of mysterious fires, sketchy superstitious locals, cranky old nuns, stoic warrior priests and a young woman unwilling to take any-bodies crap, this was a fun read and one I’m sure will get better with each issue. 6 eyeball heads out of 10
“You Are Obsolete” Aftershock: This is a cool and creepy psychological horror type book. Writing and art style creates a thick atmosphere, and the adult’s facial expression seemed locked in a rictus grin, afraid to do anything to upset the children. I’m definitely intrigued to see how this unfolds and will check out the next issue. 7 ruined birthday cakes out of 10
See You Around The Shop –Ed