Thursday, June 30, 2005

Comic Reviews - June 29, 2005 Part I

Wildstorm

Albion #1

Penciller: Shane Oakley
Inker: George Freeman
Plot: Alan Moore
Script: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Colorist: Wild Storm FX
Letterer: Todd Klein
Cover Artist: Dave Gibbons
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Summary – The first of a six issue mini series asking us, “What happened to Britain’s greatest heroes?” Plotted by Alan Moore and scripted by his daughter Leah Moore and John Reppion.

For background information on the characters featured in this series check out this page.

DC bought a library of popular UK comic book characters a while back and they are bringing them to the US under the Wildstorm imprint.

Review:

The Good –

You can’t get much better than a story plotted by Alan Moore with covers by Dave Gibbons. Having those two names attached to this project instantly made me want to buy it.

True Moore isn’t doing the scripting, nor is Gibbons doing the interiors, but they are being handled by the next generation of creators and they do a great job on their own.

Moore’s daughter, Leah and John Reppion do an excellent job scripting the overall storyline. To be honest, the dialogue and overall flow of the issue feels like it could have been written by a younger Alan Moore.

Shane Oakley and George Freeman bring their Wildstorm look to the interiors and do a great job. I especially liked the black and white page sequences.

This book revives characters that a lot of American readers are not that familiar with, so this is a project that is definitely worth doing.

When it comes right down to it, this is a gorgeous book that will take you more than a few minutes to read. You’ll get your money’s worth out of this.

The Bad –

As I said this is told in the Alan Moore fashion, so it’s kind of hard to figure out what’s going on in this first issue. We’re jumping back and forth between a prison, a city and also into the actual comics themselves.

While this isn’t very hard to follow by any means it does make you think. So if you don’t like to think about your comics too much and prefer in your face straight forward action storytelling, this isn’t a book for you.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

Image

The Pact #3

Penciller: Carlos Rodriguez
Inker: Lluc Banos
Writer: Phil Hester
Colorist: Jose Augusto Cano
Letterer: Bruce McCorkindale for ACTiON Impulse Studios

Invincible created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker
Zephy created by Jae Faerber
Firebreather created by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn
Shadowhawk and the Pact created by Jim Valentino
Quantum Girl and The Reaver created by Phil Hester and Carlos Rodriguez


Summary – An untold story of the Pact featuring the mysterious fifth member, Quantum Girl.

Review:

The Good –

I have been impressed and pleased with this book from issue one, but this latest issue is by far the best outing in all areas.

The storyline is a basic time traveling/alternate reality type story, but it is executed so well that it really stands out as one of the best I’ve read. I knew that Hester was a great artist, but I had no idea he had the chops for writing too.

This is my first exposure to the work of Rodriguez and Banos, but I’m going to keep an eye out for anything else they do. They had a very strong showing this issue. I really dug the future versions of Shadowhawk and Firebreather that they came up with. Although their version of the future Invincible wasn’t up to par with the other two.

Overall this was a very good issue. The plot featuring the mysterious 5th member of the Pact is just great. I really liked how they handled the ending with this. Perhaps letting it open for a return?

The Bad –

I really can’t say anything bad about this issue. When I first started reading this, nothing matched up with the previous two issues, but that was all quickly explained via a short exposition within the issue.

I really hope this title turns into an ongoing series. The quality has been right up there with books like Teen Titans.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It

DC

Shining Knight #3

Artist: Simone Bianchi
Writer: Grant Morrison
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi

Summary – Sir Justin turns himself into the Blue Knights (police officers) of Los Angeles and is interrogated by an FBI agent and a mysterious antiquities expert.

Review:

The Good –

This is a very different type of super hero comic. Truth be told, I don’t think you could call this a super hero comic at this point. It’s more like a scifi/fantasy comic at the moment.

Simoen Bianchi, like all the Seven Soldiers artists is really knocking these issues out of the park. His layouts are very easy to follow and his storytelling abilities are always improving.


The Bad –

If only Grant Morrison’s storyline was easier to follow. I know that you can read all these books separate, but I think I would be even more lost if I did that. He’s got all this stuff going on with Castle Revolving, Spyder, etc. and I’m trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Maybe it’s just over my head, or it could be the fact that I read so many books in one week.

The overall plot of this issue was also kind of flat this month. It was very decompressed, playing out in what is probably less than 5 minutes time. That’s just not my thing.

The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Borrow It

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