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.

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.

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.

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