Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1 Cover

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Apr 2011 | Vertigo

Writing: Chris Roberson
Art: Shawn McManus
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover: Chrissie Zullo

Cinderella is back in action in the real world hunting down a killer targeting sorcerers out on the farm. Who could it be? Her arch nemesis from the past.

I was worried about picking up this book having no real knowledge of the Fables universe, nor having read any of Cinderella’s past books, but as I got into it, there were flashbacks that told me what i needed to know and they were seamlessly integrated with the storytelling. It is new reader friendly.

The best part of this book was the exposition done with the old noir flair of detective radio dramas which really hooked me into the story. To go with that was some beautiful artwork. I like Cinderella’s design and Dorothy’s. I hadn’t expected her to be a villain. It makes me curious to read more about her, not to mention see what the other characters in the Fables universe are like.

I’d heard the name, of course. Usually spoken in frightened whispers, but I never dreamed the assassin was another woman, much less a fable.

This book was really good. I look forward to reading the rest of the story and possibly picking up more Fables books. It looks like I’ve missed out on something good. Good thing I took a chance on this book.

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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.

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.

Vinyl Underground #3

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Feb 2008 | Vertigo

Writing: Si Spencer
Pencils: Simon Gane
Ink: Cameron Stewart
Colour: Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

The team is still working on the case and Morrison’s ex-girlfriend’s father’s major beat down lands him in the hospital. Morrison and his ex have an angry mob of nazis to deal with, Perv does his psychic thing, and our nymphomaniac does some girl-on-girl for man hoping to learn some useful information. A few connections are made, but the case still isn’t solved.

Three issues in and everything I liked in the beginning has grown dull. This rag-tag group that interested me in the beginning seem very out-of-place now, degraded into a gimmick just to draw readers in.

I’ve grown tired of the exposition, tired of the drama, tired of the art, and I’m at the point of not caring how any of it finishes. The interest has faded to boredom. My reason for continuing is the same with Tarot, I have it all and this Super Nice obsession I have will not allow it any other way.

Vertigo has finally failed me.

Hotwire – Requiem For The Dead – #1

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Feb 2009 – Radical Comics

Creators: Steve Pugh | Warren Ellis
Story: Warren Ellis
Writing: Steve Pugh
Art: Steve Pugh

This story is obviously centered around the super-hot DecEx Hotwire who works for the Metro Police at City Central. It’s her job to deal with the restless dead, and she’s the best one at it, but of course, it doesn’t doesn’t add to her popularity at work. The closest friend she has is with the coroner and I really love their relationship and interactions.

This book has impressed and excited me so much, I have to bust out a quote that will save me the task of explaining the setting.

Fifty years ago the dead stopped departing, and the blue-light ghosts began drifting into cities all over the world.

Now we’re all ankle-deep in them. They graze of the electromagnetic waste of a billion wirelessly connected consumables. Most can only drift, witless and lost, in the foot-high electric smoke that hangs over the ground.

The suppressor towers keep them out of the good neighborhoods, and the ceramic tombs make sure our new dead stay buried. So those that are left are barely noticed. Kept in the shadows and the corners by our suppressor technology, they yammer and yip out of sight, out of mind.

Some of them can manage a face and a sob story.
Some come back with enough marbles left to cause real trouble.
They’re my problem. I keep the peace between the jealous dead and the ungrateful living.

– Alice Hotwire, Detective Exorcist.

The issue begins with Hotwire dealing with the blue-light of a dead little girl causing problems for her supposed family. What’s so special about this encounter, is the blue-light happens to be more powerful that it should be. After the incident, we get a nice taste of detective banter you’d see in any crime drama, and begin delving into the meat of mystery that gets weird as we go along, but it’s very creative. Despite the unusual futuristic setting and weird happenings, it’s still believable. I don’t want to say anymore about the plot and would rather you go out and take a look for yourself. There’s a lot of promise here.

I love this setting and the explanation of why ghosts are running around by tapping into the science of it, the belief that spirits give off electromagnetic energy. Giving us a world where there’s so much of this energy floating about it’s a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet for these spirits; I can believe this. I also enjoy the mesh of detective story, with supernatural elements and gritty action.

Such beautiful, colourful, art. It’s amazing! The paint just screams love to all those sci-fi and fantasy artists that have been donning book covers and posters for years. This is good stuff.

This is only a four issue run and I’m definitely continuing with it. I have a new favorite genre: Ghostpunk.

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