Chewing on Comics – Collection from May 2008.

Originally posted at Hellions Magazine on May 20, 2008.

Clandestine #4

I have never previously read this book, nor am I familiar with any of the characters.  Because of this I was immediately taken out of the book.  Nothing seemed fun or interesting, I didn’t care enough about anyone to fine out what happens next.  If I was given a copy of the GN as a gift I would give it a try, but there’s nothing here for me.

Countdown to Mystery #7

Fantastic!  I can’t wait to pick up every issue of this.  The Eclipso part is one of those stories that straddles the line between DC and Vertigo.  There are the super hero moments and then the big cosmic/spiritual ones.  Then there’s Dr. Fate.  This is like philosophy in comics.  The mind job has only begun for everyone to have worn the mantle of Dr. Fate.  If this book had a few less heroes in it and was drawn in any style other than the typical buff bods and babes style I think it could be a Vertigo hit.  It’s a comic that made me stop and think, which is more than I can say for most this week.

Dead Space #3

Part 2001, part zombie story, part of a limited series which equals all confusing.  It’s not a bad book by any means, but it is obviously meant to be read in GN form.  The funky horror art and a mystifying storyline are nice, but it’s not enough for a monthly.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein – Prodigal Son #1

I have never read a book from Koontz and I don’t know that this will make me start.  Interesting enough premise, updating the Frankenstein legend for the 21st century.  However the Monster seems a little too trashy-romance-novel-cover for me.  The good Doctor is at work making another monster while being pursued by cops and his former Monster.   Nothing too groundbreaking yet, I would  be interested to see how this holds up side by side with the original novel though.

Death Grub

A 24 hour comics comic, and not a bad one at that.  The Death Grub hatches from a planets moon, comes to the planet, eats everything, then returns to the moon to give birth, die, and this repeats every 100 years.  Not much dialog or text in the book at all, but its not needed.  I’m already fascinated by the characters and species that have shown up in a mere 20 pages.  To think that the book and my questions were all created (written, penciled, and inked) in only 24 hours makes me giddy to think of what could come from 24 days or months of work on this idea.  More Death Grub please!

Everybody’s Dead #3

This is horrible.  I hope I would enjoy this more if I were on drugs, as that seems to be the target audience, but wow is it bad.  It’s Frat Boys vs. Zombies.  They get a zombie high.  So it has to eat more brains than usual.  Very cartoon art that at times made me think I was reading Penny Arcade.  Now that would be interesting, Penny Arcade vs Zombies.  But until that story is told, skip this one.

Foolkiller #5

Also known as the place to tell Punisher stories when you can’t use the Punisher.  Foolkiller kills “fools”, the low lifes and crooks of society.  He has is own code of honor and is noble, of a sort, but what makes him different?  As far as I can tell, nothing.

More reviews later tonight or tomorrow.

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