Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Comics Just Keep Coming

An eclectic batch of reviews.

Legenderry 4
It's been so long since the 3rd issue, I had to refresh my memory as to where things were left off. Still, it's a fun book, giving classic characters a steampunk spin. This issue features The Phantom. Bill Willingham does a nice job on writing chores, and Sergion Fernandez Davila's art is easy on the eyes.

Captain Marvel 4
No Guardians of the Galaxy this time, but Carol more than holds her own as she attempts to save the doomed refugees on a planet that's killing them. And Ja Kyee Lrurt, aka Jackie, is a great guest character.

World's Finest 24
A decent chapter in Karen and Helena's attempts to return home.

Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides 1
I love Painkiller Jane. I loved the old series. I loved the TV series. I love the new stories, and this new new story does not disappoint. Jimmy Palmiotti is at the top of his game here. The Brides have moved up in the world, living in luxury, but they're still in the thick of things in the city, and when someone starts blowing up buildings, they join with Jane and her cop pal Maureen to get to the bottom of things in this first installment. There's a second story, too, a gritty one in which Jane tries to rescue a hostage.

Dream Police 1-2
Dreams being an actual realm outside of one's own mind is nothing new -- I've read a few science fiction novels that riff on the very same premise -- but this is an interesting take, focusing on the security force that keeps dreams in check, safe for all. J. Michael Straczynski tells his tale through a cop named Joe Thursday, with the first person narration reading like a Dragnet episode. Aside from the cases Joe and his partner, Frank Stafford, deal with, there's the unsettling questions Joe is trying to avoid, such as why don't Dream Police sleep? And when Frank steps away and Kate Black shows up and she's been his partner for as long as he can remember and he's never had a different partner, the questions become more urgent, because why does he also remember someone else who was his partner? Decent art by Sid Kotian serves the story well. I'm intrigued to see where this is going.

The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow 1
Howard Chaykin handles story and art. I've been reading a lot of Shadow variations lately and this is as good as any of them, though Chaykin's faces, especially the mouths, get more comical over the years. Everyone is grimacing; it's a bit unsettling.

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