Well, I am reading through some fairly random stuff right now. Working my way through X-Factor, as I just caught on to the title. Here are some short reviews on the other things I read through this weekend. Some of the comics are older, but fun to review none the less.
Abe Sapien The Drowning #1- I have to admit, I have not read through any Hellboy or any comic from that ilk. I was surprised by what I have been missing, as this was a very entertaining issue. Mignola does a great job of getting the reader hooked into the story using a Martin Parks poem, revealing little bits of crucial information along the way in Alexander’s art. There seems to be some hesitation about having Abe work on this mission, but in the end, he seems to be right for the task. After some more background on the task Abe is off with a small group to go about recovering a rare dagger. That is when the action starts, diving into the water Abe is soon attacked by a tentacled beast that is summoned forth by a old woman. I am sure we will learn more of Abe’s dilemna and the old woman in the next issue. The art is very appropriate for this story and I liked it very much. I intend to pick up the rest of this limited series. Highly Recommended!
Project Superpowers #0- It caught my eye at a cool $1.00, so I had to give it a shot. You have to love the Alex Ross cover and the interior art is wonderful. The inks are vibrant and crisp, great for a colorful superhero tale. The story begins by exploring the heroic deeds and transgressions of an old man, who was once The Fighting Yank. He relives his past with the reader revealing his part in the fighting of World War II. This is an interesting tale of love of country, duty, and personal betrayal, that is well played out. It gets you interested in what is to come, which is very appropriate as a #0 introduction to a new title. I liked this quite a bit and look forward to the first issue. Recommended!
Northlanders #1, #2 - Here is a newer comic by Brian Wood, of DMZ fame, as well as several great graphic novels. In Northlanders, Wood explores a viking setting with a half viking named Sven as the main character. Sven sure is an interesting character, very full of himself and confident in his ability to make what he wants of his life. We find him returning home after being away for some time, his family used to lead the Grimness settlement in viking territory, but they are dead now and his uncle Gorm is now in charge. Sven is returning to take back what is rightfully his, but it seems uncle Gorm is none to happy about that. These first two issues establish a wonderful start to an interesting story of a violent homecoming, where Sven finds many forces that oppose him, but also those who welcome his arrival and the potential end to Gorm’s rule. The art is fantastic and the coloring is sweet, your eyes are drawn to Sven and his red tunic throughout. I intend to pick up issue 3 and see where this title take Sven. Highly Recommended!
Mice Templar #1 – Like I said some of the titles are a little older. This book came out a little over six months ago and I just picked it up for a dollar, instead of the $3.99 on the cover. Oeming is awesome and I am always in for something with Templars involved. This was a strange read for me, the story was OK, but kind of confusing and hard to follow along at times. I found it nearly impossible for me to tell which characters were which, to me 90% of the mice in the comic looked exactly alike. Only a few had distinctive features that I could easily discern, maybe I read this too late at night. I was really wanting to like this going in, but when I finished, I was kind of glad it was over. Not my cup of tea. Bad
Zombie Tales – Here we have a compilation of various zombie tales by Boom! Studios. There are about 18 short stories in the trade and I enjoyed well over half of them enough to recommend to folks and the others stories are not bad at all. There were quite a few with interesting twists, some are told from a zombies perspective, and others that follow a more traditional storyline. There are actually some touching moments found here and there in the book, I liked the ones in I Zombie and Zoombies the best. The variety of artists keep your eyes entertained and I enjoyed them all, even on the stories I was not all that interested in. If you are a zombie fan, this is a book to pick up and enjoy. Recommended!