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Archive for July, 2016

The Biggest Oozer

Posted by Don MacPherson on 24th July 2016

VariantSnotgirl #1
Writer/Variant cover artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist/Cover artist: Leslie Hung
Colors: Mickey Quinn
Letters: Maré Odomo
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $2.99 US

Bryan Lee O’Malley is, of course, best known for his Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels from Oni Press from several years ago. I appreciated the Pilgrim and acknowledged the high level of craft that went into them, but I had difficulty in connecting with the slacker characters. I was well beyond the irresponsible, early-20s stage of my life that defined the Pilgrim characters. I related much more to the protagonist in his one-off Seconds graphic novel last year. With Snotgirl, O’Malley has crafted another immature, 20-something lead, but to my surprise, I found her much more fascinating. While she’s far from an admirable character, there are aspects of her character with which the reader can identify. It’s an unusual exploration of the Millennial generation, but it’s also an intelligent examination of a superficial and lost soul. Read the rest of this entry »

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Casualties of War

Posted by Don MacPherson on 16th July 2016

VariantPower Man and Iron Fist #6
Writer: David Walker
Artist: Flaviano
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Sanford Greene (regular)/Afu Chan (variant)
Editor: Jake Thomas
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment
Price: $3.99 US

This week, mainstream comics chatter was all about the events of Civil War II #3 — the unexpected death, the ethical debate, the clash between commercial and creative decisions in corporate super-hero comics. It was certainly an interesting and even thought-provoking read, but it didn’t really advance the larger plot of the event all that much. But what seemed to go under people’s radar this week was another Civil War II-related title, one that poses its own engaging and challenging ethical questions and one that touched upon some real-world tumult and controversy. In many (perhaps most) instances, a crossover tie-in issue of an ongoing super-hero title can interfere with the larger plots, characterization and themes of a series, but Power Man and Iron Fist #6 is one of those rare examples in which the writer capitalizes on the crossover concept and does his own thing with it while also maintaining consistency with the concepts imposed upon him or her. I’ve enjoyed this title from the start, but writer David Walker offers up his strongest issue yet with something that starts out poignant and personal, shifts to something satirical and silly, and ends up delving into real and relevant issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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