Irredeemable #4

Irredeemable 4 cover

July 2009 | Boom!

Creator: Mark Waid
Writing: Mark Waid
Art: Peter Krause
Colour: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Dan Panosian

Qubit tells his story of first meeting The Plutonian. Nations of the world gather to discuss this global crisis and almost every country is willing to offer the fallen super his every desire.

Another issue blows me away. Every time I ask myself, how could this get better? Each time I read the next, I’m left in awe gaping the last page.

This is brilliance. Everything I’ve ever wanted from an oversaturated genre and I don’t want it to stop.

There is a specific scene in this book that keeps haunting my mind. The scene where Qubit finally gets his answer to a question he asked when first meting the Plutonian. It was a beautiful moment that made me sit back in my chair and release a contented sigh.

If I were ever to meet Mark in person, I’d probably be filled with such joyous emotion, tears would spill down my cheeks.

And the art. The story wouldn’t have the deep impact without Peter’s wonderful art. And how about Dan’s cover? So beautiful. I’d love a poster of that to put on my wall.

I’ve used all the words left in me. This series is wonderful. Just read it. Go to your local comic store, or online seller, and just buy it. Right now.

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Irredeemable #3

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Jun 2009 | Boom! Studios

Creation: Mark Waid
Writing: Mark Waid
Art: Peter Krause
Colour: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Dan Panosian

The Plutonian is still having issues and the bad guys want to know if he’s on their side now and how they could use him. They find the secret hideout of Inferno and start snooping around. What they don’t expect, is The Plutonian.

Right off the bat I’m reminded why I love this comic so much. How delightfully disturbing that whole rape was. You really see how low Plutonian has gotten. Some classic behavioral issues there. I can’t wait to see more of them.

When The Plutonian talked with all those villains, I was almost fearful this comic would turn to crap. I could see the nose starting to tilt downward and the plane starting to teeter downward. And I was so delighted to be wrong when what followed happened.

This is everything I’ve ever wanted in a supers book. A good-guy turned bad for very valid reasons I can identify with and the results are far from family friendly. And it’s better off that way. This is something I’ve needed for a long time and hopefully the start of a trend. I want more books focused on villains doing unspeakable things. The only way the series will fail, is if the good guys win. Then I’m seriously going to have to go on a manhunt and beat a few people with rubber hoses.

Let me tell you the kind of world I live in.

It is a world of miserable, bitter, ungrateful paramecium who lash out at you in a state of perpetual rage for not solving their problems fast enough.

*Sigh.* I’m in love. I’m in love the words. I’m in love with The Plutonian. I’m in love with story. I’m in love with everything. This series has become an obsession. I need it like a junkie needs a fix. I just can’t function without more, or other books of equal caliber and artistry. And those are hard to come by. This is my top series this year with Crossed following close behind.

This is hands down one of the best supers comics I’ve ever read and likely will ever read.

Zombie Tales The Series #1

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Apr 2008 | Boom!

The War At Home Part One
Writing:
Joe R. Lansdale
Art: Eduardo Berreto
Colour: Andrew Dollhouse
Letters: Marshall Dillon

People Person
Writing: Steve Niles
Art: Daniel Lafrance
Letters: Marshall Dillon

Spring 2061
Writing:
Kim Krizan
Art: Jon Reed
Colour: Pablo Quiligotti
Letters: Marshall Dillon

This is another horror anthology, but centered specifically around zombies.

The War At Home Part 1
The Dead Get Busy

A veteran at a hospital is waiting for his pain pills. Unable to take it anymore, he gets in a wheelchair to find them. That’s when he stumbles into a zombie and a nurse. Seems the entire place is overrun, but he’s not alone. Two other vets stumble onto them, but the outlook is grim.

This story was a tease. Right when you get to the good part, tons of zombies after them, the impossible odds, it’s over. I have to wait until I read the next issue. Aside from that, though, I liked it. The pacing was nice and quick. There’s wasn’t any waiting around before the badness started. I’m not sure if I’m want them to survive or not. 

People Person

Scott ran a used bookstore in LA until the zombie plague happened, even turned his wife who still seems to have a thing for him. It’s time he let her her go.

I’m Soooo hungry, Scott. Let me eat you. Just a little nibble.

Really well written. I enjoyed reading this story. The conflict of dealing ith his life and the exposition of what his wife was like in life when the plague hit, how she turned. I love the grim wit and the ending. It would have been nice to see how things unfurled, but it probably weaken the story. My predisposition of violence tends to get the better of me sometimes. Especially when it comes to this type of horror.

Spring 2061

Zombies are the majority and run everything that humans did. There’s even a Zombie Dominance day that celebrates their rise to power. Humans still exist as food supply, bred and raised like cattle on farms. But there is one human wandering around disguised as a zombie.

The setting is awesomely disturbing. The nudie bar, that fashion show, seeing the meat section of the supermarket filled with human parts and even caged live ones… It’s so wonderful. I liked the farm where that fat human had that big feeding machine the zombies were dumping food into.

This was my favorite story, but the ending didn’t do it for me. In fact, all the scenes involving the humans in the cave seem alien. I wouldn’t have wasted the last pages of this book babbling about freedom and taking up arms. I think it would have been much stronger just centering around the grief of this woman having to live in this world as a zombie. I wouldn’t have given her any sort of hope other than that equal rights demonstration you see at the beginning. I would have kept it dark.

I’m thrilled to have actually liked all these stories. I’ll be reading more of this soon.

Irredeemable #2

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May 2009 | Boom!

Created By: Mark Waid
Writing: Mark Waid
Art: Peter Krause
Colour: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Ed Dukeshire

The Plutonian destroyed Sky City in half an hour two weeks ago causing a death count of millions and Kaidan’s making a house call to his girlfriend in hopes of getting some clues as to why he went rogue.

I’ve been anxiously looking forward to getting my hands on this and seeing if the momentum keeps up and I’m still pleased. This book has me under it’s control cover-to-cover. Not much happened, though. Just some back-story information gathering.

Kaidan. I don’t like her. I don’t like the concept of her powers, reciting ghost stories to invoke the spirits to fight for you. I think it’s dumb. Just attack her before she’s done babbling and you’ll be fine.

His girlfriend is so selfish. He cares for her so much to actually reveal his secret identity and she gets all pissy and blabs to her co-workers who immediately attempt to broadcast the news over the radio. How stupid could they be? Seriously. And despite him destroying the satellite and giving them the lecture they deserved, the girlfriend still stood on her high horse and rejected him. She deserves whatever she gets.

Ever? You’ll never breathe a word of this? Not to anyone, ever? Not even in your sleep? Or when you’re drunk, or tired, or lonely? And even if that’s so, what about him? or him? Do you trust them to never drag you into this ever, for as long as you live?

Your lives are worthless now. They’re over.

Even I can’t save you.

On another note, it was satisfying to hear that her co-workers all succumbed to the pressure and paranoia and committed suicide. And it’s all that rotten chick’s fault. I bet she still sleeps good at night.

All this suffering. I could turn into a supers fan yet.

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