Category Archives: Reviews – Boom! Studios

That’s the Waid – Uh-huh, Uh-huh – I Like It

Potter’s Field #1
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Paul Azaceta
Colors: Nick Filardi
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover artists: J.G. Jones/Paul Azaceta
Editor: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US

Boom! Studios has been solid small publisher in the comics industry for a couple of years now, but it really turned some heads at Comic-Con International San Diego this year when it announced that fan-favorite writer and former DC editor (a lifetime ago, it seems) Mark Waid had signed on as the publisher’s new editor-in-chief. It certainly seemed like a solid move, given the attention that Waid’s high profile brought and the expertise he brings to the job as well. Potter’s Field is not only Boom’s first big release in the wake of that announcement, but it’s also penned by the new editor-in-chief as well. Needless to say, Boom! Studios has a lot riding on this comic book, and fortunately, it lives up to expectations. I think what I most appreciated about Potter’s Field, other than the entertaining crime-drama storytelling, is the fact that it doesn’t mark a significant shift in direction for the publisher. It already offered a diverse array of material in its lineup, and Potter’s Field is just the latest addition. If you haven’t bothered to check out a Boom! release before, Potter’s Field is a good place to start.

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Shh! Be vewy, vewy quiet…

Whisper #1
“Hydrophobia”
Writer: Steven Grant
Artist: Jean Dzialowski
Colors: Sunder Raj
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover artists: Kody Chamberlain & Martin Redman
Editor: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $3.99 US

We’ve been hearing about this Whisper revival for a few years now, thanks to writer Steven Grant’s column at ComicBookresources.com. It was originally positioned at another publisher, later moving over to the up-and-coming Boom! Studios. I didn’t read the original Whisper series from First Comics, but fortunately, the only reference to the original incarnation is to be found on the cover (in the form of a poster behind the new version of title character). I like the idea of setting this new story in hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans at the height of the natural disaster, but the art fails to really convey the sense of place and the overwhelming effects of the weather disturbance. Grant’s script is full of tension and action, and I like the dark political side of the plot.

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Cure for the Uncommon Code

Enigma Cipher #1
Writers: Andrew Cosby & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Greg Scott
Colors: Imaginary Friends Studio
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover artist: Jeff Johnson
Editor: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $6.99 US

Boom! Studios seems to focus its energies on publishing specific kinds of comics. There’s the farcical books (Hero Squared, What Were They Thinking) and the strong anthologies (Pirate Tales, Zombie Tales). And then there are the movies on paper. Boom! has published a number of comics that read a lot like movie or TV treatments, and the publisher has provided some solid entertainment in that vein. Among the previous limited series that fit the bill are Tag, X Isle and the superbly diverting Talent. Enigma Cipher is the latest “movie on paper,” and it’s a lot of fun, capturing the same sort of tension, excitement and conspiracy-theory drama as The Pelican Brief. There’s just one problem: the format. By splitting this story into two oversized comics, Boom! Studios missed a great opportunity to publish its first-ever original graphic novel.

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