A busy, busy day after a busy, busy weekend. I’m surprised I’ve read any comics but somehow I managed it. I’ve been reading Boom! Studios first Planet of the Apes series and the old Nightbreed comics from the 90’s but more importantly I’ve been reading some new comics for New Comic Book Day.
This week has seen the release of several comics that I was looking forward to but didn’t quite satisfy as hoped. They just missed the mark.
Anthology comics are a good thing and there aren’t enough of them. Each month a different story with different protagonists; a one shot, done and dusted narrative. Unfortunately, in all-most all anthologies, there is at least one story that isn’t as good, or doesn’t grab you as much as the others. And Ice Cream Man #3 is like that for me. The artwork is as impressive as previous issues but the story just doesn’t seem to go anywhere. With each page there is the promise of something exciting but the promise is never fulfilled. The story turns out to be nothing more than a hallucinogenic nightmare inspired by dodgy ice cream, at least that’s all it appeared to be. There was none of the emotional drama or uncomfortable horror from the first two stories.
With that said, the beauty of anthologies is that next month is a new story, a new start.
Ice Cream Man #3 published by Image Comics. Written by W Maxwell Prince and art by Martin Morazzo.
Another title that wasn’t as I expected this month was The Spider King #2. Published by IDW Publishing, The Spider King’s mix of alien invasion and Viking adventure became more of a comedy in this second issue. The alien aspect is played for laughs on pretty much each level and feels in contrast to the tone of the first issue. I was expecting sword and shield version of Turf but I got a historical Mars Attacks. This is still a worthwhile read if this is the type of comic that you like but it does seem at odds with the set up last month. Maybe I need to revisit it to see if I misread it.
The Spider King #2 published by IDW, written by Josh Vann and illustrated by Simone D’Armini. Colours by Adrian Bloch
Dissonance #2 continues in the same vain as the first issue. A compelling narrative with magnificent settings and character design. An enjoyable read and I have nothing else to say about it at the moment.
What do I think about the new title form Boom! Studios, Lucy Dreaming? Why not check out my review on comiconverse.com (here) as I might just tell you.
And while you’re there, check out the review for 30 Days of Night #4. This is turning into an outstanding comic. If Steve Niles pulls it all together at the end it will be good enough to rival the original; definitely better than some of the sequels in recent years. One of the most noteworthy aspects of the comic is Brad Simpson’s colours. They make the comic by creating the atmosphere and characterising the cast. If you read this in digital, minimise it so that you can see multiple pages in one go and you’ll see how wonderful the colouring is. With such a small view you lose all of the detail from the art and every bit of speech but you can still follow the action just by Simpson’s colours. Check out my review here where I go on about the colouring some more.
30 Days of Night #1 published by IDW, written by Steve Niles, art by Piotr Kowalski and colours by Brad Simpson.
Last week, I completely forgot to mention Betrothed from Aftershock comics. It was a monumental error as the comic is shocking in all of the right ways and impressed me on a number of levels. I tried to make up for it by writing a little something about it (here) and you might still be able to get a copy from a shop. This week I will not miss out the release of Babyteeth #9. Personally I am waiting for the trade collection on this but if you are reading it monthly I’m sure you won’t want to miss it. The series has been a hit so far and I can’t wait for the 2nd trade. Pick up #9 to see what it’s like and I’m sure you’ll want to catch up with the rest. Written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Garry Brown.
My final mention for this week is Punks Not Dead #2. This is a wild, exotic comic brim full of supernatural goings on and teenage angst. The central story stays steady, eking out the dilemmas of haunting a teenager in a boring town however it is in the side story, with the UK’s answer to the X-Files, where the humour and intrigue are. This is a well-paced, cheeky and often outlandish comic; worthy of the Punk Rock association.
Punks Not Dead #2 is part of IWD’s Black Crown imprint and is written by David Barnett and illustrated by Martin Simmonds.
That is it for this week, apart from the slideshow below obviously.