Daily Archives: December 28, 2017

Failing to Live up to Its Title

Superb Volume 1 trade paperback
“Life After the Fallout”
Writers: David F. Walker & Sheena C. Howard
Pencils: Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez & Eric Battle
Inks: Lebeau L. Underwood, Alitha Martinez, Eric Battle, Robin Riggs & Ray-Anthony Height
Colors: Chris Sotomayor & Veronica Gandini
“The Event”
Writers: Priest & Joseph Illidge
Artists: Marco Turini & Will Rosado
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Andworld Design
Cover artist: Ray-Anthony Height
Editor: Joseph Illidge
Publisher: Lion Forge
Price: $14.99 US

I rather enjoyed the first Lion Forge book I sampled — Noble Vol. 1 — so I looked forward to delving into another collection of the relatively new publisher’s offerings. I didn’t do any reading about Superb before perusing its pages, which is too bad, as I might have enjoyed it a little more. As I made my way through the book, I thought I was getting some fairly typical super-hero genre fare. I was reminded of X-Men elements as well as some New Universe comics from the 1980s. I didn’t get a sense that I was finding anything new here at all. I was well into the book when I realized one of the main protagonists was unlike other super-powered teen heroes. Some missteps — from a script that was too subtle to exaggerated artwork that hid the hero’s disability — made this book seem ordinary when it could have stood out as something more. Ultimately, the inclusive and sensitive message at the heart of this book lives up to the book’s title, but the execution does not.

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Flea Market Finds: M.O.D.O.K. Assassin

M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #s 1 & 2
Writer: Christopher Yost
Pencils: Amilcar Pinna
Inks: Amilcar Pinna, Terry Pallot & Ed Tadeo
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy’s Travis Lanham
Cover artists: David Lafuente (regular)/Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Christian Wars (variants)
Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment
Price: $3.99 US each

My latest perusal of a deep-discount bundle from my local comic shop takes us back again to the 2015 “Secret Wars” event, in which Marvel offered up a litany of alt-reality worlds and interpretations of its characters. M.O.D.O.K., thanks to his unusual and striking design, is a popular Marvel villain among many fans, so it didn’t come as a huge surprise that one of these limited series might focus on him. I really wasn’t expecting much from these two comics; after all, comics spotlighting villains can be a challenge, as the reader rarely has someone for whom s/he can cheer. But writer Christopher Yost, best known for his animation scripts but no stranger to comics, delivers a wonderfully fun concept that makes the most of the temporary, anything-can-happen premise of the patchwork Battleworld that serves as the backdrop for all of these “Secret Wars” spinoff titles. The bargain bundle that contained these comics only included the first two issues of the run. I was surprised to find there are three more episodes to the title (the story seems like a four-partner would have been plenty), but I’ll be keeping an eye out for those other chapters, given how entertaining the first was.

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