|Ed’s Early Evaluations #10
Welcome back friends! We’ve got a smaller collection of new titles this week, but don’t worry I’m sure there’s something here for everyone. From capes and tights to gritty re-imaginings and corporatized future shopping cities. I’d wax poetic a little longer but I’ve got a flight to catch in three hours and I haven’t even packed! Until next time. See you around the shop — Ed
“Cobra kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues” IDW: Like a sweep to the leg this book comes in with unexpected emotional depth. Johnny narrates his side of the story leading up to the fateful tournament, adding plot details and character depth. 6 bowls of alphabet cereal out of 10.
“Hell Mouth” Boom: Solid lead up issue that probably would’ve been a “#0” at another publisher. It sets up a quick back story that leaves more questions than answers. It could have used location tags to help with story flow, though the colors do a fair job of signaling that we’ve entered a new area. Dialog sounds like these characters. Which begs the question, why didn’t I enjoy it? I really don’t know how to rate this, it’s a competently made comic that I didn’t enjoy. If you’re aBTVS fan I bet you’ll really dig it, if you had a passing interest in the show like I did, probably not. But don’t take my word for it…read it yourself!
“Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity” DC: This is a fantastic read, especially if you enjoy crime documentaries. This isn’t the bombastic Harley Quinn we know post Mad Love, this is Dr. Quinzel, a psychological profiler for the GCPD. The art has these gorgeous flashback scenes that I think are digitally retouched photos, present day scenes are highly detailed realistic line work in black and white. The murders which I am assuming are perpetrated by the joker are gruesome and disturbing without being gory. I’m adding this to the reading list. 9 Vitruvian men out of 10
“Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated” Aftershock: This book really took me by surprise, the slow burn plot, the subtle jabs at modern consumerism and corporatism. It is surprisingly excellent. The line work is swift and messy at times, especially faces, but even these pre Picaso profiles have a unique charm. Imagine if Judge Dredd was a mall cop and you’re on track for what this book is all about. I’m gonna check out the next issue. 8 corporate sales slogans out of 10
“White Fox” Marvel: It’s a fun little read about White Fox’s time in highschool and how she got recruited by the South Korean government. Dialog captures that highschool feeling of being on the outside while the art is clean and polished accentuating the action and shapeshifting.Oh yeah if you don’t know White Fox is a Kumiho, a Korean shapeshifting demon fox lady, and it’s awesome! 7 stereotypical mean girls out of 10