Scalped #1

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Mar 1 | 2007

Writing: Jason Aaron
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Phil Balsman
Art: R.M. Guera
Cover: Jock

Bad Horse returns to Prairie Rose Reservation after 15 years causing a scene that attracts the attention of Chief Red Crow who hires him to join his police force.

Holy crap, what a shocking cliffhanger! It didn’t even occur to me to question why Bad Horse had been away, or his reasons of return, especially since he stated he was just passing through, but the cat is outta the bag now. This is probably going to turn into a big, bloody conflict pretty soon, since we’ve had scalps and violence already and Vertigo is always willing to please.

Guera’s art is always a joy to stare at. It just really puts the icing on our visceral modern western. That it’s even a modern western tickles me. I love gritty westerns, so it’s nice to see something like this in modern times and I do love the crime element. I can’t wait to see what happens to out big chief.

TPBs of this are in my future. I need more of it and hopefully it will continue to deliver over the next 59 issues I missed merely because I didn’t know what it was and thought I wouldn’t like it…

I have a lot to catch up on.

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Sweet Tooth #1

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Nov 2009 | Vertigo

Writing: Jeff Lemire
Art: Jeff Lemire
Colour: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Pat Brosseau

Out Of The Deep Woods

Gus is a hybrid, a normal boy who just happens to have antlers. For whatever reason, there used to be more of them, but now he’s the only one left. He also happens to be sought after by hunters and dream of a strange man chasing him. The most important thing, he has a sweet tooth, and the hunters have found him.

I’ll state right off the bat I never planned to read this book because the art put me off. I had never seen a cover that I liked, and the name just didn’t go well with whatever it was I was seeing on the cover. I decided to give this book a go after attending ECCC and sitting in the Vertigo presentation. Somehow, for whatever reason, something in that hour changed my mind. After reading this book, I feel almost ashamed.

I still don’t like the art, but I’ve gotten used to it after this issue. I couldn’t really say what I would prefer. The writing and twisted story are what sell it to me. I almost don’t care what the art looks like. It’s very well-written and I hung on every word. I need to get more of this on my next outing. I want to know why he has antlers, why he’s the only one left, and where the story goes.

Sometimes at night, when I wake up real late, I can hear my dad talking to God. He whispers, but I still hear him.

I even hear him crying sometimes, when God says something sad.

He don’t think I can hear him, but I do… I always do.

Memoir #2

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Feb 2011 | Image

Writing: Ben McCool
Art: Nikki Cook
Letters: Tom B. Long
Cover: John Cassaday

Masks Part Two: The Meeting

Trent meets with the man who remembers what happened and gets a part of the story. When he goes over the audio recording he took, he gets a supernatural surprise.

I had been anxiously awaiting this issue to hear what the contact had to say about what happened. It gives you a bit of the puzzle, but there’s still so much unknown that it only increases my hunger for more. Especially where the issue leaves off with the recording. It is evident that Trent has bitten off more than he can chew and is in for a bad, bad day. I can’t wait to find out more.

The black and white art continues to delight me along with the story and quality of writing. It goes at a nice pace and I can’t find anything to fault, save having to wait for more. Should this keep up, it very well may earn a place among my favorite horror books.

John Byrne’s Next Men TPB #01

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Dark Horse Comics

Writing: John Byrne

Sathanas, a strange being from the future, has come to the past to become ruler of the world. The Next Men, his superhero project, have escaped their virtual reality and found themselves fighting for their lives in the real world.

I had been meaning to read through this series for a long time, but had forgotten about it until I saw new issues at my LCS. I had been fairly certain the old one never concluded, so it excited me a bit knowing that this new stuff might just be that ending.

Alternative supers stories are typically easy buys for me. I like to break out from the normal faire flooding the shelves, and this one has been a good read. I particularly like how they know everything about the real world, but at the same time, don’t. It’s almost like some genetic memory. All the information is there, but they don’t understand how or why. Also, the differences in their knowledge is a nice touch. It makes their transition and problems with reality much more believable, like how they process new information.

Name’s Ducummen. Willis Ducummen. An’ you are..?

Danny. Ducummenwillis-ducummen–Can you help me?

A lot of things happen in this book and I still wonder what the future holds. Sathanas keeps assuring the congressmen that everything’s going just as planned, and while I do enjoy villains more than heroes, I’d like to see the Next Men get outta this one all right.

The art took me awhile to accept, though. I don’t particularly like it. I think the Next Men all look ugly and weird, but as I kept reading the book, it eventually stopped bothering me. That still doesn’t mean I don’t wish it were done differently, more that I tolerate it. The story is good and intriging enough that the art quality isn’t as important to me.

The rest of this series is on my list of things to read. I may start on the next volume today it was that good a read. It left a lasting impression making me want to see where the story goes to such a degree I’m impatient.

Artifacts #2

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Sep 2010 | Top Cow

Writing: Ron Marz
Pencils: Michael Broussard
Ink: Rick Basaldua | Sal Regla
Colour: IFS’s Sunny Gho
>Letters: Troy Peteri

Sara has learned of her sister’s death and kidnapping of hope by Aphrodite IX, along with the Darkness and the Angelus. All of them gather, including Tom and learn about the 13 artifacts.

Your warrior who safeguarded the daughter of the darkness and the balance has been destroyed. So too was the darkling.

The sister of she who bears the balance was killed, and the child taken.

It seems the end of the universe is creeping up fast. Hope was delivered to the one who wanted her and is gonna be sacrificed as part of this dastardly evil plan. A lot of emotions are thrown around by the other characters, and I particularly liked Jackie and Sara’s little domestic regarding their missing child.

The art is still wonderful, along with the writing, and the flow of the issue is smooth. They aren’t wasting any time, even with thirteen issues. I’m anxious and eager to see why hope needs to be sacrificed and whether it’s successful or not. I’m really not sure how that will end considering they killed Sara’s sister right off the bat last issue. This business of hope, though, makes me want to pick up the books addressing her birth. I might have actually picked one up at some point.

Another plus was the origin of the Darkness and more biographies at the back of the book for those of us unfamiliar with the universe. They were interesting reads and were helpful to me. I’m glad they chose to do that. This story also gives me a great point to get back into the universe.

I’m really looking forward to more of this. I expect there to be more violence, more drama, and I’m still wondering who doesn’t make it through alive. So far, this series is my favorite read this week.

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