Monthly Archives: September 2019

Psychia-tryst

Harleen #1
Writer/Artist/Colors/Cover artist: Stjepan Šejić
Letters: Gabriela Downie
Editor: Andy Khouri
Publisher: DC Comics/DC Black Label imprint
Price: $7.99 US

Black Label, DC’s darker, mature-readers imprint, has been hit and miss for me since it launched, and despite the character’s popularity in recent years, I’m not exactly a Harley Quinn fanatic. However, I have enjoyed the artwork of Stjepan Šejić as of late, and it was interesting to see that the artist was given his own out-of-continuity project to write and illustrate. I think DC’s going a little overboard with the Harley projects – on top of in-continuity stories, we’ve also seen a young-readers graphic novel in recent weeks, and the upcoming Criminal Sanity – but I thought this might be worth a glance. As expected, the artwork is quite sharp, and to my surprise and pleasure, Šejić doesn’t take an overly sexualized approach to depicting the title character. But his inexperience as a writer shows through in the script, which is repetitive and predictable.

Snowfall

Snow, Glass, Apples original hardcover graphic novel
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artist/Cover artist: Colleen Doran
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $17.99 US/$23.99 CAN

I first discovered Neil Gaiman’s writing almost three decades ago when a copy of The Sandman: The Doll’s House in my hands, and I’ve sought out his writing ever since. Of course, he’s been so prolific, I haven’t been able to keep up with all of his works in various media, and some of his projects have managed to slip by me. This one was almost among them, but I happened to catch a reference to it online a couple of weeks ago, leading me to ask about it at my local comic shop when it was released. I’m pleased I did, as the writer turns a classic children’s story on its ear, approaching it from the perspective of a character typically viewed as the villain. It makes for a fresh take on the Snow White tale, but honestly, what’s most engaging about this book is Colleen Doran’s smooth, soothing yet haunting artwork. She brings a mythic and antiquated look to the work that makes it clear why she’s had such a steady presence in the industry over the years and such a stellar reputation.