Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Comics Day

A couple weeks worth of books-- it still doesn't add up to much, but we did get a hell of a treat this week.

Young Liars
Power Girl
Green Lantern
Empowered (!!!)

I was going to go over all the points that made the last issue of GL a poorly constructed letdown compared to the recent months preceding, but then there's only so much I care to deconstruct. Here's hoping the current ish gets things back on track.

Power Girl as a self contained title is a bit of a tough sell. On the one hand it has art by Amanda Conner, and she's drawing Power Girl. On the other hand PG is in all honesty a fringe DCU character, and it's difficult to invest into her corner of the universe. But for all purposes the book should raise an eyebrow: it's got a visually striking heroine, good art, tons of violence, and a giant white gorilla tearing shit up. Now I know what you're thinking, "Hey wasn't that a recent Wonder Woman arc?" Why yes, it was, near verbatum. Ah, comics. Except here in Power Girl, the ape in question is Ultra Humanite, with a re-telling of his origin in the second issue. But truth be told, even though I know who the Ultra Humanite is, I can't recall a single instance where I've read his origin. This time around it's spelled out pretty clear, and I don't know what's retold versus revamped, but I do know it involved (or at least strongly implies) some big monkey lovin'... I guess the genius mind of a frail man suddenly transferred into a monsterous white gorilla really turns on the ladies.

Young Liars, read it, etc.

Treat of the week! EMPOWERED Vol 5 is here!!! Just thumbing through tells that it's chock full of Adam Warren sexy sci-fi goodness. And damned if the Caged Demonwolf is not one of the most unique and outright funniest characters put to page in years. In what is sure to be a series highlight, one chapter entails him regaling page after page of the most outrageously literate sex scene brought to bear. And of course after all the jokes and cheesecake run there course, Warren brings the heavy and again shows us how deeply attached we have become to his characters. The overarching fiction of Empowered is just so damn strong, and Warren's art is as juicy as his ridiculously well-constructed vignettes. It should be no surprise that Empowered continues to receive my kudos.

Here's an interview with Adam Warren on this latest volume at CBR.

There were also some pretty good trades made available this week, one of note includes a re-issue of Rich Veitch's Brat Pack. I've an original collection, tho may just pick up this new one as well to revisit the harrowing tale of dark-side heroics presented loooong before The Authority and The Boys. As a matter of fact if you've never read it it just might scare the shit out of you, as it did me when I first laid eyes upon it in a time now so long ago.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Comics Day

Green Lantern Corps
Young Liars TPB 2

Things turn out just as I suspected in GLC, with Ion-infused Lantern Sodam Yat kickstarting the Daxam sun into high-voltage yellow. Not that it wasn't cool, subsequently giving and entire planet's population equivalent powers to Superman. It's even handled with a bit of sci-fi intent, showing the initial power upgrade almost out of control with a civilization who is initially clueless to adapt. Now how a planet of superpowers would be capable of anything but overthrowing the occupying Sinestro Corps has yet to be seen.

Se that paragraph I just wrote? That is some crazy shit, a language foreign to far more than those already indoctrinated. But that's kinda why I love it. Oh, and what's with the Sinestro Corps Turtle that radios in to Mongul?? Did he have the ability to instill great fear? Actually I thought he was pretty awesome, alas he was a sacrificial gag.

The parallel story just happens to be the homefront Green Lanterns holding off a full on Oan prison break, no small task there. Even the Alpha Lanterns show up all bad-ass like. The Corps title continues is strong run, Where as I mentioned Green Lanter Proper is dragging things out (and I have to admit after reading, the most recent GL ish is just plain bad).

The second collection of Young Liars is out. Buy it!!!!! I had to buy it in support of my favorite series this year (and last). The end is nigh, hopefully sales of the TBP can at least justify the series existence. Seriously, I say again, I'll say it every time: read this book.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Marvel Divas is confusing

On one hand you have a female-driven book likened as a Sex and the City type romp with second tier Marvel heroines. On the other you have this recently released art by Croatian artist Tonci Zonjic. And it's good. Like, real good. Playwrite-slumming-in-comics scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is another addition to the mix that just makes the question mark a little bigger. No doubt the Mighty Marvel Hype Machine threw out the Carrie/Miranda/Charolette/Samantha to garner exactly just that-- hype. And the title "Marvel Divas?" Ugh, how could I purchase such a thing?

But that art... I can't wait to see the color treatment. If they slap on the typical Marvel over-rendered gloss and shine it will be a sad loss. But perchance it can get a smart colorist inspired by the tones and cuts of say, a French artist like Herval. Or the deft watercoloring seen on Marini, even digital color like over Alary. It's all about finding that right tone to set the book off. Zonjic's art is way ahead of Marvel's stock and trade in terms of personality and I can only pray someone is thinking about this as much as I am.

See more at CBR

Oh, and isn't it a weird coincidence that DC is prepping to launch "Gotham City Sirens?" No, it's not.