Grindhouse – Doors Open At Midnight #2

CoverNov 2013 | Dark Horse

Writing: Alex de Campi
Art: Chris Eric Peterson | Marc Laming
Colour: Nolan Woodard
Letters: Alex de Campi
Cover:  Dan Panosian

Bee Vixens From Mars Part 2

It’s up to Deputy Garcia to save her small town from Bee Vixens From Mars in this action-packed conclusion.

This is one of those times where I’ve read something and just don’t have a whole lot to say about it. I really liked the first issue and this one kept up the B-movie feel. The progress of events were what you’d expect from a B movie and I particularly liked the little bee larvae om-nomming; they were adorable.  The Queen was pretty magical, too.

As far as the story is concerned, things concluded nicely and it had lots of bee action. It really did feel like I’m reading a comic adaptation of a movie, which happened to be the most important thing for me. It really hit the mark and I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next movie: Prison Ship Antares.

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Death Sentence #1

CoverOct 2013 | Titan Publishing

G+, a new STD is going around giving people a six month lifespan and superpowers. The book follows three people who contract the virus: Verity, a graphic designer; Weasel, as a tanking guitarist; and slimey comedian Monty.

This is an interesting what-do-you-do-with-the-time-you-have-left stories. It’s rather dark and of course there’s sex, being it’s about an STD, but it doesn’t present anything to grab me. I don’t particularly like any of the characters at all in any capacity whatsoever, so the answers to such questions don’t matter to me. I don’t even care how or where the virus came about, nor what sinister purpose it serves. I attribute that to my not liking the main characters. That’s enough to filter down and render everything else inert. This isn’t to say the book is terrible and isn’t written or drawn well. On the contrary, the art’s good, the writing and dark wit hit the mark, and it kept me engaged throughout the issues. It just didn’t interest me in the end, but if the premise interests you, by all means go check it out. I don’t regret giving it a try.

Pretty Deadly #1

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Oct 2013 | Image

Writing: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art: Emma Rios
Colour: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Emma Rios

Two traveling storytellers weave a warning disguised as a tale of Death’s Daughter to the people of an old western town. 

Well, this is weird and I can see where the Sandman and Preacher marriage come from, but it is not Sandman nor is it Preacher and I think it tries too hard.

I had to read the first issue twice to get a feel for things and ensure that I really aren’t clueless from it all. The most I gained from this book is the story of how Ginny, Death’s daughter, came to be. I don’t particularly like how it’s done. I don’t like this story-within-a-story thing going on with the rabbit and the butterfly talking and then the comic proper taking place within that. I got tired of this presentational method a long time ago.

A lot of characters were introduced and the book basically just throws you into the middle of something and doesn’t do it comfortably. I feel like I missed out on an issue #0 and that’s a bad way for me to feel reading the debut of something new which I know nothing about. Everything packed into this book all led up to a weak cliffhanger which doesn’t even compel me to continue on. I found it all to be quite ‘meh’ in all honesty, but I at least found the art enjoyable.

Despite this book having no impact on me at all, I’m going to give it one more chance with a second issue. Perhaps it is just poorly paced for the format and something better suited to exist in a collected form. Some books are like that and better read like that.

We’ll see.

Colder TPB

coverOct 2013 | Dark Horse

Writing: Paul Tobin
Art: Juan Ferreyra
Cover: Juan Ferreyra

Declan, an ex-resident of an asylum is taken in by a nurse and given care. He has a mysterious condition that which makes his body cold. He also has a strange ability to pass into the world only insane people can see and cure their ailments. Unfortunately, something there hunts him in the real world.

Wow. Just. Wow. When I started into this I didn’t stop until it was over. This book is perfect in art and prose and the story it tells leaves me questioning my own sanity at the end of it. Well, not really, but it certainly did things to me-pleasurable things. It was quite the ride and I had no idea where it planned to go.

The other side of the world that only the insane people could see is such a magical place! The strange buildings and layout, all those awful people and monsters and horrible things! They were the things I didn’t know I dreamed of.  They were such beautiful monstrosities! The giant bull dog-hands and that walking arm throne monster. The theatre that was packed with all those one-eyed… things. They were so creative and wonderful I found myself staring for great lengths in admiration. It may sound weird to some, but I really enjoy and admire good horribles. They are all beautiful to me in disturbing ways.

Nimble Jack has been added to my most favourite characters ever list. His gleeful insanity was so perfect and the things he’d do to people and Declan make me wonder about the sanity of his creator. It’s just one of those things were you wonder where did it all come from? How could anyone think up any of this unless it were all somehow real? Even the insanities were all believable to me. I’m having a Twilight Zone/Outer Limits moment, heh.

I’m left feeling empty now that it is over. I feel like a part of me, some colour, drained away-stolen and never to be regained. I’m just empty. None of it was real after all. I was never insane.

Akaneiro #1 – The Path of Cloak and Wolf Part One

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May 2013 | Dark Horse

Writing: Justin Aclin
Art: Vasillis Lolos
Colour: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Michael Heisler

Wow. Crap. I dislike it as much as the game and it really didn’t add anything for me. Also creepy the Ainu tattoo black smiles on their faces to make sure they always appear to smile even when they aren’t. And I’m talking BIG clown-faced black smiles. They even put in karma crystals. Really? A stupid currency that exists in the game for improving yourself and spending real money to obtain and it’s in the effing book. O. M. G.

In terms of story, it’s really stretching and painfully tiresome. We have two groups. Ainu and the Red Hunters living on the island. The Red Hunters kill dangerous yokai and protect everyone. When a ceremony is disrupted from a rampaging yokai, after our heroine, kani, helps red hunters defeat it, arbitrarily the Ainu wish to declare war on the Red Hunters. Like. WTF. Even when it’s established that the Red Hunters have helped them. This tenuous relationship between the two isn’t believably established. So how is it all resolved? Kani joins the Red Hunters to act as a liaison between the people. She’s not even Ainu, either. Her mother was, so that causes problems. And she must journey on her own without aid across Yomi island to the Red Hunter camp. And she’s already a kick-ass fighter, and nothing was previously established to indicate she would be.

About that Little Red Riding hood thing. Well, we have the references. She must don a red cloak and travel all the way to the Red Hunter camp. Plus some stupid misdirection which sends her to a place called Ghostclaw Village. There, they pretend to help her and we get our obvious reference during her weapon picking there. She can’t start her mission without one, but there are too many, so what does our wolf say?

The better to train you with my dear.

:IOWEJfaiow;fjaiow;hg;awehg;awehf;aiowefj. That’s my opinion of this. Blargh! So painful!

The wolf yokai looked pretty cool. I’ll give the book that much. One panel. That’s all to like. This is not some dazzling re-envisioning of Red Riding Hood adapted to Japanese folklore. It’s utter crap.

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