Bad Kitty #2

Bad Kitty 2 cover

March 2001 | Chaos!

Writing: Brian Pulido | Steven Grant
Script: Brian Pulido
Art: Adriano Batista
Ink: Curtis Arnold
Colour: Hi-Fi
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

About halfway into the story, my brain just couldn’t take it any more. This tale of revenge with vodoo and supernatural elements is just plain unbearable to sit through. I can’t stand all this inner dialogue and the story is pretty boring.

The only good point is the art, and by art, I mean mostly the covers. Some of the interior is nice, but I mostly dislike it. I have problems with the layout of the panels and just how smooshed it seems.

I can’t finish this series, even though there’s one issue left. I’d much rather suffer through Tarot. At least that series is laughably bad.

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Electropolis #2

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Sep 2001 | Image

Writing: Dean Motter
Art: Dean Motter
Colour: Chris Chuckry

The Infernal Machine Part Two

Menlo and Anesta continue piecing together the mystery. While at a nightclub to catch a show of the Steppe Sisters, Tess LaCoyle is kidnapped.

It’s nice to get more back story on Menlo’s old partner, Jacob Ladder. I thought it was amusing he read dime novels on the job as a night guard. Shows his passion for mysteries.

I still love this style of art. This retro sci-fi noir is perfect. The mystery is well thought out and it really makes me want to listen to some old time radio broadcasts. This is really an inspiring tale and I can almost picture it in audio form- the drama in the actor’s voices, the sound-effects guy. That would have been an awesome experience.

I also loved seeing that Lost in Space style robot working at the news stand. That was a nice touch.

I’ve only one disappointment with this issue – the inconsistency of Menlo’s characteristic noises in his speech. The first half of the book, it’s non-existent and he’s talking like everyone else. Then all-of-a-sudden, it comes back and things are normal again.

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #7

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Mar 2001 | Broadsword Comics

Writing: Jim Balent
Art: Jim Balent
Colour: Holly Golightly

After a year, Raven’s back with a new plan and a new apprentice. Tarot and Jon hook up and a coven of dark witches aren’t too pleased with Raven’s actions and want her dead.

Raven Hex – Return of the Dark Witch Part One

So these guys chase down some goth girl in the woods and Raven Hex makes an appearance. Dressed as she does and obviously looking like she means business, I’m very surprised that these stupid boys still talk big. Especially when they suspect her to be that “witch in the woods.” And when she casts her first spell, they still talk big. It’s no wonder they got what was coming to them.

And this goth girl wants to be Raven’s apprentice… Not surprised. Not impressed. Not liking it at all. Raven? Seriously. Just hurry up and use her and discard her. She’s not worth your time and attention.

And what’s with Raven’s new plan? Raising a magical island where all witches can live in peace. I never would have pegged Raven for some sort of goth hippie. Can’t we just go back to punishing humans or some other typical behavior? Ugh!

I would have thought taking a break I’d be a bit more open to everything I hate about this series, but it seems that hasn’t worked. I don’t know why I even though that since I had been collecting it for so long and only so recently started reading it.

The fan service in here provokes the gag reflex I have associated with stupid. Willowry’s new spider themed outfit with the black widow markings on the front of her thong? Yeah. Gag reflex. I’ve seen better crappy costumes like this for Halloween at Spencers. I should also note that the substance of her thong is made to look like a spider. It’s legs are the straps. I wasn’t surprised either.

And seriously, Tarot. You can do better than Jon that idiot Graveyard Guardian. I hope to see his death sometime in the future. I really can’t stand that guy.

And in terms of writing?

Tarot’s body behaved like a burning ember, searing her flesh into his. The union of the God and Goddess has taken place.

She is perfect in the afterglow.

That pretty much speaks for itself. I don’t care much for romance novel cheese.  The exposition still suffers, and these characters really need some new names. Willowry?

In defense of this series, I’ll say that I’m glad that it looks like we’ve returned to a main storyline with Crypt Chick still after resurrection, Raven still plotting for a better world for witches, and we’ve got the romance between Jon and Tarot in full bloom.

Also, Raven’s lines weren’t too bad at all, so I can’t complain there. Although that bit about the devil worshipping her if he were part of her religion was right out of a bad role playing campaign. There’s a tiny glimmer of hope for the future. It’s the size of a pin head, but it’s there.

Warlands Darklyte TPB #1

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Creation: Pat Lee | Adrian Tsang
Story: Pat Lee
Writing: Adrian Tsang
Pencils: Pat Lee
Ink: Alvin Lee | Arnold Tsang
Letters: Simon Yeung

Hundreds of years ago, Datara’s vampire clans invaded the Warlands. Now, Malagen, Vampire Khan, is making his move to secure the Darklyte armor spoken in prophecy to aid his defeat. But he is not the only one after the armor. The demon lords seek to us it for themselves to free themselves from the ethereal plane. It i up to a small band of heroes to find this armor and save their homelands.

Fantasy is one of those genres easily exhausted. After awhile you see the same sort of warriors face the same sort of hardships just bearing different names and descriptions in worlds that are new, but not unfamiliar.

It is a genre I have always loved, but struggle to find anything uniquely unfamiliar or thought out well enough for me to forgive all the stereotypes and elements many call classic.

This book is one that teeters on the edge. The heroes resemble those I’ve encountered in countless other stories, but have somehow managed to stand out. I’m uncertain if it’s from nostalgia, or something else that Im able to avoid groaning and setting this book aside, or if it’s from my long absence from this genre. I will say that whatever the reason, the characters do come alive through this book and Im almost able to identify and empathize with them.

The story is a bit formulaic following the typical villain downfall that on the verge of success, some silly prophecy makes them retreat and their obsession seethes over the years to a time when the conflict is almost forgotten, then it begins anew. The villain must find the obligatory object said to destroy/defeat him before the heroe(s) and the race is on.

What I find a bit refreshing is how another evil force has joined in the race for their own agenda and how the Vampires are having their own in squabbling. It’s not entirely unique, but makes things more interesting. I think the heroes have suffered a bit too many plot conveniences, but everything moves at a good pace and it feels whole and well thought out in terms of what the future holds.

Another plus is seeing very masculine elves with their large builds and muscles. I am so tired of the typical bishounen, portrayal. I just want to vomit every time I see one. I also love how their behaviors and mannerisms break free of the stere0types as well. It makes me so happy to see someone actually has an imagination.

I want to comment on the art, but I don’t have many words. I’ve already spoken how I like the elves appearance. The dragons look very good. It doesn’t overtly grab my attention, but it’s pleasing.

I’m interested enough in the story that I want to see it’s conclusion, depending how that goes, I may look into the other series as well. I’d really like to see and know more about the Dran.

Electropolis #1

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May 2001 | Image

By: Dean Motter
Colour: Chris Chuckry

The Infernal Machine Part One

Menlo Park is a robot private-eye who lost his owner and partner, Jacob Ladder, to a bogus suicide. After all these years have passe, Jacob’s ex shows up fearing for her life. Things get even more interesting for Menlo when his legitimate client is gunned down for reasons related to his partner’s last job.

I love this detective noir story and it’s 40’s style future. It’s very compelling and very well written. The subtle humor is also delightful. With names like Jacob Ladder and Miss Tess La Coyle, I thought for sure I’d end up hating this book for that, but somehow it still manages to pull itself off.

I also love Jacob’s exposition complete with the stutters, and sounds his robot self makes. It really adds to the experience.

I’m glad I found this issue. It was in a $1 box at my LCS filled with other uninteresting junk. I’ll certainly have to look for more.

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