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Posted on 31 August 2011 by admin

Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1

Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Emma Rios
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

Nick Spencer seems to be jumping all over the Marvel Universe with titles like Iron Man 2.0, Secret Avengers, and now Cloak & Dagger. He is either wanting to write many different characters or he just wants to dip his toe in the Marvel Universe before he jumps in head first. Either way, Cloak & Dagger has been my favorite book he has done at Marvel so far.

Having left the X-Men, Cloak and Dagger find themsleves back in every day problems. The chapel they live in is getting demolished and they don’t know where to go. Next thing they know New York is being infested with people with Spider-Man powers. After helping out the Avengers for all of three pages, Cloak asks Dagger why she is leaving the battle. Luckily Dagger seems to care as much as the readers do that this series takes place in a big Marvel event. She replies that Cage and others are on top of it and thankfully that seems to be the end of the titles tie-in to Spider Island. Not that Spider Island is going to be a bad event, it just seems unnecessary for Cloak and Dagger to involved and the big Spider-Island logo on the front is only there to help sales. For the rest of the issue Cloak and Dagger begin to show trust issues with each other which seems will be the meat of the story for the remaining story. But don’t worry. A villain pops up towards the end which will surely lead to more action later on.

Nick Spencer is one of the few writers to write Cloak with a personality. The banter that goes on between him and Dagger will keep you laughing. When the Avengers ask for their help Cloak wonders why everyone only talks to Dagger. And Dagger is not impressed when Cloak puts a billboard with their picture on Times Square to try and advertise themselves as heroes. The exchange and playful banter between the two is what makes this issue so enjoyable. Emma Rios’s artwork is really good. Her artwork is a huge departure from Mark Brooks cheesecake style we got the last time we saw Cloak and Dagger and it is all the better for it.

Spencer really understands these characters and they are the most interesting I have ever seen them. Thankfully Spencer doesn’t feel obligated to put them front and center in Marvel’s Spider-Island event. Let’s hope the next two remaining issues are half as good as this one and it leads to a Cloak & Dagger ongoing.

Review by Sean Leslie

Mystic #1 Crossgen/Marvel

Mystic #1

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Pencils: David López
Inks: Álvaro López
Publisher: Crossgen/Marvel
Price: $2.99

I have never read any Crossgen books back when Crossgen was a publisher really trying to get their foot in the door to a really competitive industry. That being said I really had no idea what to expect when Marvel announced plans to start publishing some of the Crossgen after Disney bought Crossgen back in 2004. Does Mystic continue from where it left off? Is the title going to be more of a reboot? I have no idea. But it doesn’t matter since I had no ties to the earlier story. But what did matter was if I was going to like a reserected book from a company that fell apart. Luckily, I was delighted with what G. Willow Wilson and David López gave us with issue #1.

The story follows two orphans, Giselle and Geneviere, who live in an orphanage in the slums of Hyperion. They are best friends and both always dream of the day they will be free of the orphanage. Both seek a refuge in the royal palace after escaping some mischief. While in the palace they come upon the Choosing Ceremony where the High Artisan picks ten worthy young men and women to be his apprentices. After getting a question right that no one else is able to answer Giselle is chosen to be an apprentice.

While it might be part Annie and part Harry Potter, G. Willow Wilson’s writes these characters in a way that you feel how close they are from page one. How close Giselle and Geneviere will remain friends now that destiny has led them down different paths is not yet determined, but readers will be more than interested to watch it unfold in this high fantasy series set in a Steampunk era. I have always loved how well David López’s draws women. He does not over emphasize a characters sex appeal on every panel like so many artists fall victim of on todays stands. Instead he draws characters with huge emotion and life which makes them leap off of the page.

Ever since Vertigo’s series Air ended I have been itching to get a regular dose of Wilson’s writing. Thankfully this issue delivers and I can’t wait to see what is next.

Review by Sean Leslie

Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish

Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish (one-shot)

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Kevin Nolan
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

Did I honestly just read a story where Mignola stooped to aliens probing Hellboy’s ass joke? Hellboy has always been quality and I have never been let down by an issue…until now.

Hellboy is one of those books where it can be really dark and heavy for a few issues and then a one-shot will come out that is totally light and silly and still make it work. I understand this issue was supposed to be light and fun and I did appreciate the man with a cow head helping Hellboy overcome the aliens, but this seemed like an 8-page story stretched out to be 22 pages. I also really didn’t care for the art. I have always been a big fan of Kevin Nolan but here his style is too clean for Hellboy. I didn’t care for him coloring the issue as well. Too bright a palette. Dave Stewart was missed.

Review by Sean Leslie

Hellboy: Being Human

Hellboy: Being Human (one-shot)

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Richard Corben
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

The last issue of Hellboy, Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish, I had my first disappointment with the title and thought it was a huge misstep. Well Mignola must have heard my cries because he not only went a full 180° with his writing from last issue, but he just put out one of my top favorite Hellboy stories with Being Human.

The story is an older tale back when Hellboy was still in the B.P.R.D.. Hellboy is tasked with taking Roger out on his first mission which includes investigating a witch and her zombie playing host to a dinner party full of corpses. Being his first mission, Roger is hesitant and is still trying to find his place in the world. Mignola writes Roger’s innocence and vulnerability perfectly. I was laughing out loud when the zombie starts attacking Roger and he keeps talking to the zombie very politely and trying to reason with the guy. Then the ending Roger is presented with a moral choice that is shocking and so perfectly executed I can do nothing but stand up and applaud.

Richard Corben being a guest artist on an issue is always worth the price of the book alone. And Corben delivers not only the same expected quality but he does his best work on this issue. Hopefully Mignola will have many more issues for Corben to draw in the future.

This is one of the few instances in comics where right after I finished reading it, I turned it back and reread the issue again. This issue is already in my top favorite issues for the year.

Review by Sean Leslie

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Episode #48 – Ouch! My wallet!

Posted on 04 May 2010 by admin

What a great week for comics – not such a great week for wallets.

Books Reviewed:

X-Force #26 (Marvel Comics)
Written Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost; Art by Mike Choi

The Last Days of American Crime #2 (Radical)
Written by Rick Remender; Art by Greg Tocchini

Thor #609 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Kieron Gillen; Art by Richard Elson, Billy Tan

Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark #1 (Image Comics)
Written and drawn by Jason Howard, Ryan Ottley

Ultimate Avengers 2 #1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Mark Millar; Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

Stumptown #3 (Oni Press)
Written Greg Rucka; Art by Matthew Southworth

Captain America #605 (Marvel Comics)

Written by Ed Brubaker; Art by Luke Ross

Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #5 (IDW)
Written by Joe Hill; Art by Gabriel Rodriguez

Firestar #1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Sean McKeever; Art by Emma Rios

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