Proof: The Company of Men

Cover2009 | Image

Writing: Alexander Grecian
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colour: Fiona Staples | Adam Guzowski
Letters: Alexander Grecian

Collects issues 6-9.

Ginger, Elvis, and Proof set off to Africa to rescue a dinosaur targeted by big game hunters. Unfortunately, it was all a trap to capture Proof and serve him up as dinner at a banquet.

After reading the first trade, I imediately set into the second. It took me a bit of time to get through, mostly having other things vying for space on my proverbial entertainment platter, but it was a nice savoury piece of betrayal, drama, and satisfying conclusions. I never suspected anyone at the lodge of being a traitor. Not so soon into things, and it just came out of nowhere. Nicely done.

What they did with the Colonel at the end of that mess I found to be quite satisfying. Will he be causing more trouble in the future? Probably. I don’t see why he wouldn’t and he seems bent on escape. I suppose we shall see.

I’m not sure how I feel about Elvis cutting his hair and getting that makeover. It doesn’t look like him at all. I’ll agree it is good to make a good first impression, but he’s already met Ginger and if you’re gonna dress nice and stuff, you want to at least still be true to yourself, right? I liked his weird style.

Oh well.

 

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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.

Proof: Goatsucker

Cover2009 | Image

Writing: Alexander Grecian
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colour: Tyler Jenkins | Riley Rossmo
Letters: Alexander Grecian

Collects issues 1-5.

Agent John Prufrock, Proof, is a sasquatch, a sasquatch that happens to work for The Lodge, an organisation that investigates and works with the strange creatures that live in our world. Proof receives a new partner and investigates a sighting of the chupacabra. 

Riley Rossmo earned a place on my art stalking list when i first read this book. I really like it and I need to see what else he’s worked on. I really like his style and the creatures in the habitat, the faeries and that awful devil were magical things. Of course, there’s also the Goatsucker herself. I really need more. I currently only have the first two trades.

In an episode of Comic Chat, I had spoken about comics that could make great television shows. Proof is one of them. It’s intelligent, interesting, and everything is believable. They provide enough for everything to be reasonably explained in a non-supernatural manner. These are all normal creatures without magic or any other hocus-pocus tomfoolery. I think there’d be great appeal for this and it could be quite good with the right people on it.

One can dream.

This trade collects the first story of the series, Goatsucker, which entails tracking down the chupacabra who keeps changing skin while also getting us familiar with the Lodge and what it does. It also sets us up for the future with something very strange going on. The Goatsucker and a resident of the habitat all spoke of the same thing and eluded to some future mystery. Oh, curiosity!

It’s an excellent read for anyone who likes urban legends and I highly recommend it.

Ghosted #4

CoverOct 2013 | Image

Writing: Joshua Williamson
Art: Goran Sudzuka
Colour: Miroslav Mrva
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover: Sean Phillips

The possession plan is the best idea the group has for stealing a ghost which is further supported by unfortunate events leading Trick to be possessed and things only get worse when the group is stuck in the house after dark.

Well, there’s no denying the place is haunted now. There were little stepping stones that strung things along until until the ghosts hit the fan and our nonbeliever didn’t have too much to say in his shock. Finally more answers, too! We have a possible reason for the ghost theft and it isn’t what I expected. My mind had gone more elaborate routes thinking it had to be something more than what it turned out to be. What a cliffhanger, too. I wanted to know what happened after dark. Gah! I want the next issue! Now!

Again, this book continued to deliver and my interest continues. I’m really excited to read the next issue and see how they’re going to get out of this mess and what the boss’ sinister master plan is. Oh, the suspense!

 

Ghosted #3

CoverSep 2013 | Image

Writing: Joshua Williamson
Art: Goran Sudzuka
Colour: Miroslav Mrva
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover: Sean Phillips

After aquiring the item Edzia needs, the group return to the haunted mansion to try and catch themselves a ghost. 

Well, things really exploded in this issue. Some questions I didn’t know I had were answered and the hauntings bust out in full swing. It’s all I hoped for and things certainly got interesting. I don’t know how Jackson is gonna get outta his predicament, and I wonder even more what the boss’ agenda is. My gut feelings were right! I love when that happens.

Goodness. In retrospect I’m very glad to have taken a chance on this. This proved itself worthy and it’s nice to have something on the pull list. I only have this and Kiss Me, Satan on it right now, but it’s a start. It proves you don’t need to have been following stuff for ages to get into stuff. There’s always new stuff starting and even so, there’s always catching up with TPBs.

Hopefully Ghosted will continue to deliver. I’ve good feelings about it and can’t wait to pick up the next issue!

 

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