It’s been awhile. How’ve you been?
Reading comics, I hope.
A quick recap on what we missed last week:
Murder Falcon #5. This is an outstanding achievement in storytelling. Blending outlandish, demon fighting with a touching emotional story. You will sail through your feelings, like riding a wild roller-coaster of emotion. Check out my full review via this link.
Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colours: Mike Spicer
Letters: Rus Wooton
Also posted to Monkeys Fighting Robots last week was my advanced review of Stronghold #1 from AfterShock Comics. This is a brilliant comic. It has a tightly written story and Art work that leads the reader from page to page. It isn’t just a simple Alien trapped on Earth story either, it questions the very genre in a similar way to Watchmen. What if Superman didn’t know about his powers and was been watched by a religious order? That is the essence of Stronghold.
Stronghold is actually out this week, so pick it up while you’re in store.
Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colours: Dee Cunniffe
Letters: Simon Bowland
While you’re there why not pick up another AfterShock Comic, Relay #4. This is a harder sell as it mixes theology and hard Sci-Fi together to explore the notion of creation. If you’ve not read the previous 3 issues, don’t worry, everything you need to know is in this issue. That is one of its selling points, the writer is very inclusive and doesn’t want to leave any reader out of the loop. The Art work creates a believable world and draws on as many inspirations as the script. For example, the outlanders on the First World, Zalis, are clearly the Fremen from Frank Herbert’s Dune. They look exactly as I image them to look, minus the blue eyes of course.
Full review here.
Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colours: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Charles Pritchett
Anyway, back to last week.
Issue 4 of Image Comics The Warning was released. I gave it the once over and was captivated. The story basically introduces a number of people in different places and then proceeds to eliminate them with a strange electronic field. It’s like the arrival of the Terminator but more destructive. The art work by Edward Laroche is very emotional and dynamic; there is a sense of urgency in a number of the scenes which really grips the reader. It’s worth checking out if you can, although I have not read the first 3 issues and do feel as though I missed out on something.
Writer/Artist: Edward Laroche
Colours: Brad Simpson
Letters: Jaymes Reed
And finally for last week, there was the final issue of Dick Tracy Dead or Alive. To be honest I’m glad it’s finished. I have not been a fan of this series at all and it failed to improve for me over the four issue run. In fact, the problems of the first issue just became more and more pronounced with each issue. I’m going to assume that it sold fairly well because IDW have announced another Dick Tracy mini-series which I am already looking forward to.
At the weekend I picked up three issues of Blackthorne Publishing’s Dick Tracy Monthly comics from the 1986 which reprinted the earlier newspaper strips. I got issue 1, 7 and 14. Each is better than Dead or Alive.
Writer: Lee & Michael Allred
Artist: Rich Tommaso & Michael Allred
Colours: Laura Allred & Han Allred
Letters: Shawn Lee
However, Dick Tracy isn’t the worst comic I’ve read this month. That’s still to come.
On to this week. There are a couple of really good comics out this week. There is the afore mentioned Relay #4 from AfterShock and then from Image, East of West #41.
East of West has been one of my favourite comics for a long time. The cinematic scope of the art work and the clever plotting make it a must read. It has also been announced that this series will finish this year so expect the pace to be ramped up. I can’t wait and this issue is a wonderful start to the final leg of the story.
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Dragotta
Colours: Frank Martin
Letters: Rus Wooton
Also from Image this week is the second volume of Days of Hate. If you’re read any of my previous posts, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of Days of Hate. I adore the smart storytelling which the creators have used throughout the entire run. If you haven’t read Days of Hate, check it out, buy volume 1 and 2 for the complete story. You will not be disappointed.
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Danijel Zezelj
Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
New from Marvel Comics is The Amazing Nightcrawler, which I was excited about because I’m a fan of the character. Unfortunately, I have no idea what is going on with the Age of X-Man story line that seems to have infected all of the X-Men comics and that’s partially why I didn’t get on with Nightcrawler as well as I’d hoped. Along with that barrier, I had trouble recognising the central character. It didn’t seem like the Nightcrawler I knew. I don’t think that writer Seanan McGuire captured the X-Man’s voice very well, or at least not the one that I enjoy reading about. It’s worth noting that it’s been a few years since I read any X-Men comics so a lot has changed.
There’s also Go-Bots issue 4 but it’s awful. I’m not sure if there is a big Go-Bot following, it’s not as if you hear people talk about Go-Bots with fond memories. I would say that only Tom Scioli fans would like this comic, and then probably not all of them. That makes it a very niche market indeed.
Life long comic book reader, collector, and reviewer.