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Quick Critiques – Sept. 29, 2013

Posted by Don MacPherson on 29th September 2013

Forever Evil #1 (DC Comics)
by Geoff Johns, David Finch & Richard Friend

I’m a sucker for big super-hero events that bring disparate and normally unconnected colorful characters together — or at least, I used to be. I’ve been cooling to the event book for years now, but I have to admit, Forever Evil had its moments. The four-page spread featuring the Crime Syndicate’s address to the world’s super-villains was fun and reminded me a great deal of Crisis on Infinite Earths #9, the villain-driven issue. I also appreciated the opening scene featuring Luthor as a ruthless businessman and the closing scene in which we see him both cast in the role of the hero and longing for his longtime enemy to arrive to save the day. That being said, Forever Evil is an inherently flawed concept that just doesn’t work. the villains tell the masses the Justice League is dead; the reader knows this to be untrue. There’s never a moment of real tension for the audience, but it knows How These Things Work. How the heroes will return or the day will be saved, we don’t know, but we do know those things will happen. Maybe writer Geoff Johns will take us on an interesting journey at arrive at that destination, but I fear it’s shaping up to be a long road trip during which many will keep asking, “Are we there yet?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Good Golly, Miss Molly

Posted by Don MacPherson on 8th September 2013

Molly Danger Book One hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Pencils/Cover artist: Jamal Igle
Inks: Juan Castro
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Frank Cvetkovic
Editor: Adam P. Knave
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Price: $19.99 US

Of all the comic-related Kickstarter projects I’ve seen promoted, none has had as high a profile in my corner of the Internet than Molly Danger. Writer/artist/creator Jamal Igle has been aggressive in his promotion of the graphic novel, but in a positive, non-obnoxious manner. I’m pleased he was successful in getting his property off the ground, and in finding a publishing partner in the form of Action Lab Entertainment. Igle’s ambition to publish this creator-owned vision is matched by the scope of his story. There’s a mystery or two hiding behind what at first seems like a conventional super-hero story, but the hinted-at history of the title character and emotional beats in the subplots are impressive in the apparent care Igle took in crafting them. While I found it to be solidly entertaining and charming, Molly Danger should prove to be particularly resonant with younger readers experiencing some sort of alienation, or isolation or major familial adjustment. Read the rest of this entry »

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No Laughing Matter

Posted by Don MacPherson on 4th September 2013

Batman #23.1
“Time to Monkey Shine”
Writer: Andy Kubert
Artist: Andy Clarke
Colors: Blond
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artist: Jason Fabok
Editors: Katie Kubert & Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

Yes, I bought one of DC’s 3D/lenticular gimmick Villains Month comics from DC. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this comic book, but after seeing what these 3D covers are selling for on eBay this week, I figured I’d check it out and if I didn’t enjoy it, I could always unload it for a tidy profit. Given the popularity and high profile of the Joker thanks to the recent “Death of the Family” storyline from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman, I thought the two Andys (Kubert and Clarke) might offer something in that vein. To my surprise, this story has absolutely no connection to the faceless Joker. Instead, we get something more akin to the Joker from The Killing Joke. Ultimately, what’s most interesting about this comic book isn’t the interpretation of the Joker, but rather how Andy Kubert fares as a writer rather than as an artist. It turns out, he’s got some chops, and I’ll definitely pay attention the next time he turns up as a writer on another DC title. Read the rest of this entry »

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