Comics, comics, comics. It’s a funny old business. Some weeks you are inundated with outstanding pieces of Art, so much so it takes a week to read them.
Other weeks it’s difficult to find anything engaging in your pull list.
This week has been closer to the later for me.
First up Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 from IDW Publishing.
I let out a sigh when I think about this comic. I was looking forward to this. The monthly title has been a bit of a let-down but I thought this, focusing on the actual crew of the Discover, would capture some of the magic of the TV show. Unfortunately, it hasn’t.
It is overpriced, too long and has a story that lacks drama or suspense. The script itself isn’t badly written and the writers have captured the characters very well, so has the artist, but it’s all for nothing. The story is a disappointment but it you need to know more read my full review on
Another title from IDW Publishing this week is Demi-God #1.
I’ve not much to say really. In an attempt to capture the comedic elements of Deadpool and mix it with an outrageous Garth Ellis style narrative the creators of Demi-God miss the mark on all counts. The story is actually bland and the central characters are disappointingly obvious.
Maybe it’s a humour thing. Cards on the table; I’m not a fan of Deadpool and this is hacking into that kind of audience. However, I found the style leaned more towards a Mark Millar comic than a Garth Ennis one, and I’d much prefer the later.
The art work is okay, influenced by a 90’s comics aesthetic but nothing outstanding. There are some scenes that have promise but they are lost beneath the banality and unoriginality of it all.
I don’t know anything about the Ominous Universe in which this comic is set but based on this single issue I won’t be picking any other titles up.
I’m usually a lot more positive in my posts but the first few comics I read this week were very disappointing and there was nothing new from Boom! Studios that I’m reading. Boom! usually make my week.
However, if you read a lot of Image titles there is probably something out that you’ll like. The Wicked and The Divine #35, I Hate Fairyland #18, Sex Criminals #23 and a few new number ones.
I was particularly impressed with Gerry Duggan, David O’Sullivan and Jordie Bellaire’s Analog #1.
Set in the near future where the Internet has been torn open and privacy a thing of the past unless you decide to switch off. The central character works as a secretive message delivery man in a tale which is humorous, engaging and takes inspiration from cold war thrillers from the 70’s and 80’s.
I wrote about the brilliance of the opening earlier in the week and will no doubt write more about it later, when future issues come out. If you’re looking for something new to read, Analog is the way to go.
And last on my list, after falling in love with the first issue, Aftershock’s Betrothed #2 is out. This is a fun read with a couple of central characters you can really get behind. This second issue introduces a lot of concepts as it expands the world first glimpsed in issue 1. There is an element of Buffy the Vampire Slayer here, with a sci-fi twist. In fact, one of the characters reminded me of Rupert Giles and that is never a bad thing.
Betrothed is an entertaining read with manga influenced art style. It’s not the most thought provocative or outstanding comic created but is definitely a light amongst this week’s darkness. Aftershock are committed to producing new, innovative, and entertaining comics and Betrothed fits this ethos.
I’ll finish off this week with a few covers to glimpse over.
Disclaimer: I bought Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and The Rise of Alexander #1 from Dark Horse but I’ve only just had time to read the title. I’m quietly confident I’m going to enjoy it.
Life long comic book reader, collector, and reviewer.