Daily Archives: January 18, 2008

Bullet Points

Scorn #1
Writer: Kevin Moyers
Artist/Cover artist: Philipp Neundorf
Publisher: Septagon Studios
Price: $3.50 US

A lot of comic books cross my desk, and a good number of those are independent or small-press outfits crafted by amateur or tyro creators who still have some development ahead of them. I usually find something in those efforts that I enjoy, even if it’s just the creators’ passion and enthusiasm. I’d never heard of Septagon Studios, and I assumed I was in for another bargain-basement comics effort. While the creators still have to refine their skills a bit, there’s a lot of promise to be found in Scorn. It’s a story about violence begetting violence, about the potential for grief to consume oneself and just about growing up. There’s a gritty intensity to the art that’s in keeping with the tone of the story, and the somewhat unconventional approach to the sequential art really allows artist Phillip Neundorf’s work to stand out. This is a solid debut effort from two unknowns, and I suspect that as they hone their storytelling in the coming years, we may see higher-profile projects from them, either together or teamed with others.

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The Dusty Dozen

The Twelve #1
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Chris Weston
Inks: Garry Leach
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Comicraft
Cover artist: Kaare Andrews
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99 US/$3.05 CAN

Ever since I started reading super-hero comics in the late 1970s and discovered DC’s concept of Earth-2, I’ve been fascinated by costumed characters from the medium’s Golden Age. I didn’t start reading Marvel titles until the mid 1980s, so I have a greater familiarity with DC’s classic characters (as well as those they’ve acquired over the years, such as the Fawcett and Quality super-heroes). I’ve since discovered and enjoyed many stories featuring some of Marvel’s Golden Age properties, but those spotlighted in this new title are new names to me. I relished the opportunity to get to know more ideas from the past. J. Michael Straczynski’s plot handles these characters as being literally out of their own time, and he manages to balance the silliness and oddities of 1940s comics storytelling with a more modern sensibility. However, I came away from the issue with the sense I’d read something that was, unfortunately, almost wholly unoriginal.

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