|Ed’s Early Evaluations #5
Ahoy-hoy Friends! I’m back with more reviews and more silly but oh so serious ratings. I hope these steer you towards the right book, be it a sci fi epic, a supernatural horror, a superhero anthology or a slice of life mystery. This is a great week for new books, I want to keep reading all of it! Plus we’re getting to my favorite time of year, lots of spooky stuff coming out to get us in the Halloween spirit!
“Everything” Darkhorse: I’m not sure what this book is, but I’m intrigued. The storytelling really pulled me in. The plotting feels like a Tarantino script, with seemingly divergent characters and plots that I’m assuming are going to collide into a grand narrative by the series end. The one similarity between all story threads is “Everything” the name of the local supermall in this small Michigan town. There are hints of some sinister or supernatural something in the background, but as of now it’s no more than a subdued tone of weird, washed over by normalcy . If you like Tarrantino, Stranger Things, or Twilight Zone this may be the book for you. I’ll be trade waiting on this title. 7 ants out of 10
“Legion Of super-heroes Millenium” DC: Okay, I’m hooked. I’ve never read the Legion of Superheroes, I’ve never heard of Rose & Thorn, I only have a passing familiarity with Kamandi. (What’s your point ed?) The point is, I want to know more. Brian Michael Bendis and a bevy of different pencilers, inkers, and colorists have crafted a fine tale focused around Rose & Thorn. One part mystery, one part superhero shenanigans, all excitement. I’m signing up for issue two. 7 monkey heads out of 10
“Midnight Vista” Aftershock: This is killer. If you’re into X-files or general alien abductions, this is the book for you. It’s a slow couple of pages, establishing our reality, but it ramps up quickly, and ends on a good cliffhanger. The writing moves smoothly, and the attention to detail with radio and tv broadcasts is awesome. Name-dropping and quoting famous lines throughout the first few pages lends credibility to the story, creating a real life or documentary type atmosphere. Then there’s the centerfold, double splash page of aliens conducting a human vivisection. It’s not bloody or grotesque, but it does show organs, this book is not for the squeamish. What can I say, I’m hooked, and I don’t usually read ET stuff, it tends to freak me out, but this is too good! I’m adding this to my pull list. 8 abductions out of 10
“Something Is Killing The Children” Boom: Here’s another book I want to keep reading. If you like the TV show Supernatural, this’ll be right up your alley. There’s a monster killing kids, and a lone monster hunter saunters in to take care of business. The writing flows and builds tension nicely, interactions flesh out characters, pencils and inks really capture and accentuate the terror on victims faces and the colors are realistic almost drab, which allows the red of the blood to be even more shocking in comparison. I’m gonna have to check out the next issue. 7 Driders out of 10
“Vampirella Red Sonja” Dynamite: Though it’s a bit of a slow start, it does everything right. Set in 1969 at the start of the space race Vampirella has only been on Earth for a short amount of time and having her investigate a real world Russian mystery makes her even more of a fish out of water. The colors are subdued and realistic, coupled with somewhat sparse line work resulting in a haunting spooky vibe whenever she’s in the wilderness. It’s a fun and spooky bit of alternate history that I’ll be reading for sure. 7 press conferences derailed by pushy journalists out of 10
“Web Of Black Widow” Marvel: Gorgeous art and a solid set up. Is Natasha a good guy? Is she going back to her old ways? Are you still a good guy if you’re independently operating? What does it mean to be you? If you want to know the answers you’ll have to read this 5 issue miniseries. I’m intrigued and will be following this through to the end. 7 killer ballerinas out of 10
Also make sure you check out the previews list I put together, it’s available at the front counter for your convenience.
See You Around The Shop –Ed