Thursday, July 14, 2005

Comic Reviews - July 13, 2005 Part I

Fables #39

Penciller: Lan Medina
Inker: Dan Green
Writer/Creator: Bill Willingham
Colorist: Daniel Vozzo
Letterer: Todd Klein
Assistant Editor: Mariah Huehner
Editor: Shelly Bond
Cover Art: James Jean

Summary – After a walk through the Homelands we check back in on the exiled fables of Fabletown. A Tourist checks in and the espionage games begin.

Review:

The Good –

Even though regular Penciller Mark Buckingham is off for this issue, we get a great guest steam in the form of Lan Medina and Dan Green. They really do a fantastic job in keeping the feel of the book accurate with previous issues.

This is just a great interlude where we check up on what’s happening in Fabletown and the Farm. I can’t imagine going a month without reading this book. It’s that damn good.

This also gives us a nice look at the Jungle Book characters of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagera. I’m probably not spelling their names right so I apologize.


The Bad –

It seems like Charming and Beast have taken to their new roles in Fabletown too fast. I mean the Jack and Homelands storylines it seemed like they were fish out of water. Oh well I guess they’re pretty old, so they probably picked it up quick.


The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Hero Camp #3

Artists: Robbi Rodriguez & Mark Englert
Writer: Greg Thompson
Colorist: Russ Lowery & Chelsea Gallion
Letterer: Greg Thompson

Summary – Goat’s life is threatened and his only hope for salvation lies in the hands of the heroes at Camp Enokchuk.

Review:

The Good – I really like the look and tone of this title. Rodriguez and Englert’s artwork is something to be seen. It’s kind of cartoony, but that’s not a bad thing, since it sets itself apart from most of this books peers.

Both the main story and the backup were great. I also liked the bios in the back.


The Bad –

The one thing that you have to remember about this title, is that it’s not the DCU or the 616 Universe. This isn’t a dark book with dark themes, it’s a title that seems to be aimed at teenage and younger readers. It’s a lot of fun, but if you put it up to the same standards as your favorite mainstream titles you’re going to be disappointed.


The Money Shot –




Recommendation: Borrow It


Invincible #24

Penciller: Ryan Ottley
Inker: Ryan Ottley
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Rus Wooton


Summary – Invincible has to overcome both personal and professional obstacles in an action packed issue that balances out both aspects of his life.

Review:

The Good –

As always the art team did a fantastic job on this issue. Ottley and Crabtree really do a great job on the line work and coloring. This is easily one of the best books on the rack.

I also liked the surprises in this issue. Long subplots were addressed and somewhat concluded. It was a pretty shocking issue to say the least. That’s what I love about indy comics, character development.

It was also nice for them to print a certain letter in the back.


The Bad –

Four weeks wait until the next issue.



The Money Shot –



Recommendation: Buy It


Serenity #1

Artist: Will Conrad
Story: Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews
Script: Brett Matthews
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Assistant Editors: Matt Dryer & Dave Marshall
Editor: Scott Allie



Summary – The mini series which joins the TV series and movie of the same name together starts here. The BDH’s are at it again taking whatever job they can to stay flying. (BDH stands for Big Damn Heroes, for you non-Browncoat people)

Review:

The Good –

This felt like the opening sequence, plus the setup for an episode of Firefly. I suspect when you read all three issues of this series it will feel like an episode of the show. Of course this all leads into the movie coming out this September called Serenity.

If you liked the series, and let’s face it, who didn’t, then you’ll like this comic. It’s quality stuff and if you’re like me, it’s just great to see some of your favorite characters again.


The Bad –

I think that this book could be more approachable to comic fans if they explained a bit more about the crew and whatnot. Then again if they did that then they would alienate the TV show fans. So it’s a double edged sword. I think they made the right choice though, being a fan of the TV show.


The Money Shot –




Recommendation: Buy It if you’re a Firefly fan.
Borrow It if you only read comics.

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