Daily Archives: May 7, 2009

Flee Market

Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1
“Step One: Make a Lot of Enemies”
Writer: Matthew Sturges
Artist: Freddie Williams
Colors: Tanya & Richard Horie
Letters: Travis Lanham
Cover artist: Kako
Editor: Ian Sattler
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

I was a bit perplexed when DC Comics announced its plans to publish a bunch of Final Crisis Aftermath mini-series four months after the conclusion of Final Crisis. The publisher has essentially lost any momentum generated by the (generally) well-received final issue of Grant Morrison’s event title. It seems these Final Crisis Aftermath books should have been released in — oh, I don’t know — the aftermath of Final Crisis. Still, there were elements in the solicitation copy for some of these new limited series that piqued my interest, and one was the potential for an interesting character study of a villain, the Human Flame, in Run!. That’s why I opted to purchase this first issue, but my wallet won’t abide any more for future issues. Williams offers up a caricature rather than a character. The central figure in this story is so completely loathsome that I’m at a loss as to why anyone would be interested in learning more about him. Perhaps some depth will be found in future issues, but I won’t be around to discover them.

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Holmes Sweet Holmes

Sherlock Holmes #1
“The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Part One: A Smoking Gun”
Writers: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Artist: Aaron Campbell
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover artist: John Cassaday
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Price: $3.50 US

Being a comics writing team consisting of the daughter and son-in-law of Alan Moore must be something of a daunting prospect. The family association no doubt brings a lot of expectations along with it. Of the various Leah Moore/John Reppion comics I’ve read in the past, they’ve ranged from capably crafted, entertaining works to groan-inducing, creative flops. Sherlock Holmes doesn’t fall into either category, as it stands out as the strongest bit of writing I’ve seen from this team thus far in its career (albeit, I admit I haven’t sampled every one of their published efforts to date). Moore and Reppion capture a classic Holmes tone (or least what passes for one as far as I can tell), and they do so with some fun, intriguing mystery storytelling. There’s not just one mystery for Holmes to solve here, but several, all intertwining with one another. This was a strong debut issue, and I await the next episode with bated breath.

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