Monday, May 16, 2005

Comic Reviews - May 11, 2005 Part IV

Vertigo

Fables #37

Penciller: Mark Buckingham
Inker: Steve Leiahola
Writer/Creator: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Daniel Vozzo
Letterer: Todd Klein
Assistant Editor: Maria Huehner
Editor: Shelly Bond
Cover Art: James Jean

Summary – Boy Blue’s journey through the Homelands continues as he battles Dragons, Knights and walks among the common people unnoticed.

Review:

The Good –

Boy Blue is a beast in this storyarc. The magical cloak he uses and the goodies hidden inside it, come in handy when killing dragons and cursed knights.

This issue focuses on both Boy Blue and a man named Muddlecock. Muddlecock works for under secretary Mudsnipe.

Muddlecock puts together all of the events that have been going in the Homelands lately. Between the Governor getting killed, the goblin horde being killed, the dragon being slain and now the three knights being killed. He believes they are all the work of one fearsome mysterious foe.

This is all executed very well by Willingham and Buckingham. The pictures in this issue look especially storybook like. This is really a book that everyone can read and enjoy.

The new villain that shows up on the last page is very cool. I’m sure she will be a problem for Boy Blue once he reaches her.

I also liked how Boy Blue found out about Bigby’s little switch.

The Bad –

The Fables used in this story must be out of some pretty obscure tales. Of course Boy Blue is one we are all familiar with, as is the Dragon from St. George and the Dragon. Even the Snow Queen..

But guys like Muddlecock and Mudsnipe, the Three Knights, I never heard of them. I googled their names, but to no avail.

The Money Shot –



To be honest there were a lot of shots in this issue that could have made this section. This was just a great book to look at this month.

Recommendation: Buy It


Dark Horse

Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur

Script & Art: P. Craig Russel
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Galen Showman
Assistant Editor: Matt Dryer
Editor: Scott Allie

Adapted from a story by Conan creator Robert E. Howard

Summary – Conan sets a plan in motion to obtain the Teeth of Gwahlur a valuable treasure.

Review:

The Good –

I really like P. Craig Russel’s style. He handles both penciling and inking duties on this and it is a clean looking book.

The Bad –

The storyline is kind of hard to follow. I’m just not into it like I am with the ongoing penned by Kurt Busiek. This is based on the Robert E. Howard tale of the same name; I just hope it wasn’t as badly executed as this book is story wise.

Seriously I will get the last issue to see where this goes, but I wish they would just have the Conan ongoing series and none of these specials or mini’s.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Pass On It

Image

Battle Hymn #2

Penciller: Jeremy Hahn
Writer: B. Clay Moore
Colorist: Dave Bryant
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Front Cover: Jeremey Haun and Brian Frey
Flip Cover: Elio Guevara
Story Fonts by Blambot.com

Summary – The heroes assemble and get ready for their first test as a team.

Review:

The Good –

The art on this series is very cool. I don’t know what Jeremy Hahn has done previously, but I want to check it out. That cover with Mid-Nite Hour sold me on buying this issue.

This second issue really steps it up from a lackluster debut issue which was really kind of flat in my opinion. In this issue the complete opposite is true a lot of beats are hit and the characters become interesting. I give a lot of credit to B. Clay Moore, he is writing these early Golden Age analogue characters very well.

The Bad –

Overall I liked the issue, but I was left wanting more. Not necessarily unfulfilled as a fan, but I could have gone for more things to happen in the story.

For instance the training mission was great, and the Artificial Man was awesome. But the rest of the characters really weren’t doing too much. I’d like to see the entire cast get more involved in the future of this project.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It
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Top 5 for 5/11/05

1. Fables #37
2. Green Lantern: Rebirth #6
3. Rann-Thanagar War #1
4. Gotham Central #31
5. Adam Strange #8

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