Monday, October 09, 2006

You Asked for It

Well, one of you wondered what I thought of the new Mystery in Space. So....

Mystery in Space 1-2
Enough can't be said about the art. Davis and Banning draw spacefaring scenery in a most satisfying way and it is so nice to see Al Milgrom pencilling the backup feature. Captain Comet is a fun character and I'm enjoying his narration. I don't know him well, having seen him in only a few dozen stories over the years, but I've always liked him. I just don't know much about him or his history, or rather, I forgot as much as I've never known. This story fills in the gaps without hitting me over the head with them, yet doesn't leave me clueless, either. And the Weird is a character I know even less about and am fascinated by. The way the two characters are connected in their resurrection is a nice touch. The pacing is excellent, moving things along as Comet adjusts to his new, younger form and the Weird adjusts to his new form and place. Just seeing the logo gave me a bit of a thrill.

All New Atom 3
This book just gets stranger and stranger, which is a good thing. Olivetti's cover is wonderful, nicely realistic and captures the essence of The Incredible Shrinking Man. I'd wondered why Ryan hadn't tried to shrink further to pass between the particles of his trap, but Gail handled that nicely in this issue. Okay, Ryan's way of getting free was rather gross, but really, quite logical. I love the supporting cast and the arrival of Ryan's father to "take you home" was priceless. How many superhero headliners of their own books have to deal with this problem? This book continues to be a fun read and I appreciate the occasional mentions of Ray Palmer, locking the characters and events firmly in continuity.


  1. Actually, Al Milgrom is only inking Starlin's pencils in the Weird's back-up tale. Still, I agree it's great to see him still working.

    And speaking of the Weird, I'd urge you to check out the mini-series from back in '89. It was laid out, plotwise, pretty good in MIS #1, but you really should read it for it's own value. Besides, with Bernie Wrightson on the art, how can you loose. ;)

  2. Hmmm.... I must've misread the credits. It was late. I was tired.

    I'll keep an eye out for that mini-series. Thanks.

  3. Glad you liked Mystery In Space. Think of the load of guilt I would have shouldered had you purchased it and disliked it.

  4. lol. It went right on my Pull List. hmmmm.... I need to add it to my sidebar here.