Friday, March 26, 2004

Short & Sweet

Caper #6

Aside from a little twist at the end of the issue, there's not much going on here. The plot moves, but for some it may be a bit too slow. Personally, I like that, as it gives me a chance to soak up the art, which is just stunning. It's definitely shaping up to be a good story, and it does keep you intrigued and wanting more.

Hellboy: The Corpse

It's been awhile since I've read anything Hellboy, so I must admit that it was a bit weird reading this. That's not really a bad thing, it's just to say that Hellboy is written so much different than most books of its kind, that it can be a bit jarring. I loved the issue, and it was only a quarter, so for the price you cannot beat it. Mignola's art is as beautiful as ever, and the story is quirky and funny without being overly silly. However, for those not failiar with the character it can leave you going "Huh?"

Freaks of the Heartland #2

Like Caper, this issue accomplishes almost nothing. Actually, even moreso than Caper, there really isn't much furthering of the plot, and no real surprise at the end to make you want to come back for more. I loved the first issue, but this was disappointing. The art was great, and the writing wasn't bad, it's just that nothing happens.

Ult. Fantastic Four #4

Sue is in the clutches of the Mole Man while the others begin to discover how to use their powers. Reed's scuffle with Ben was great, and added a real emotional depth to Ben's character that alot of writer's can't get across. The ending was great, and the art was beautiful. It's definitely a good time to be a fan of the FF.

Venom #12

Continuing the "origin" of the new Venom, "Patterns Pt 2" is a bit tough to read. There is too much going on with the Ararat Corp. and following it seems a bit daunting at times. What you're supposed to feel is interest as to why exactly the Corp. is doing what it's doing, but mostly you're justleft confused. The art is great, and aside from a slight mischaracterization of Nick Fury, writer Way has a great hold on the other characters in the book. Ifyou haven't been following the book from issue #1, it's going to be tough to jump into the story, which is always a bad thing.

Hulk Gray #6

The final issue of Loeb and Sale's recent Marvel mini was a big let down. In fact, outside of the art, the series as a whole is a bit of a let down. Not to say that it's bad, but after Spider-Man Blue and DD Yellow, it just seemed a bit :blah: And none of their Marvel work has been as great as their DC work. Hopefully the duo will decide to jump ship and go back to DC, I think a Wonder woman book would be fantastic.

Cable/Deadpool #1

I like Fabes, and I like Udon, and I like the characters, but this book was a little bland. Still, there was enough to bring me back for the next issue, but most people will be disappointed.

DC: The New Frontier #3

Like two of the other books I've mentioned above, this issue didn't do much for me. It moved the story along, yeah, and the art is fantastic, but I wasn't left with the "WOW" feeling the first two issues gave me. For the money, it's still the best damn superhero book out there. So, if you're not reading it, go drop the cash at see what you're missing.

Ghost World

What's absolutely wonderful about this book is that I've seen the movie, and was delighted to find that both can stand solid without the other. Much like The Crow, both GN and movie have common elements, but there's enough of a difference that you can enjoy them as seperate entities. Clowes is one of the best writers in the industry, and this is a prime example why. He writes the two stars of this story with so much depth it feels like he's actually lived their lives. If you've never had the pleasure of reading one of the man's many, many works, go drop $10 at your local Barnes & Noble and pick this up, it's absolutely fantastic.

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