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.

A Skeleton Story #1

A Skeleton Story #1 Cover

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Jun 2010 | GG Studio

Plot: Alessandro Rak
Layout: Alessandro Rak | Andrea Scoppetta
>Pencils: Alessandro Rak
Colour: Alessandro Rak | Andrea Scoppetta
Letters:Studio Blue
English Translation:Andrea Plazzi | Adam McGovern

Will used to be a crook, until he died. Now he works as a detective in the world of the dead and is chasing a living cat.

When I saw the cover of this book, I was reminded of the Grim Fandango videogame. I’m not sure if that’s why I picked it up, though. I’m not too keen on the cover, but the interior art is so nice and cutely creepy it sucked me in. It’s very colourful and I really like the character designs and what the world of the dead looks like.

Like the last GG Studios book I read, this has a really good translation. The story is interesting. I’m not entirely sure where it’s going. It begins with a crime gone wrong and a watery death then our main character, Will, finds himself in the world of the dead and given a second a chance at his life. He chose to be a detective, though it’s not obvious apart from his clothing. He spends the issue chasing after this black cat that happens to be still alive. Other things happen in the book, like talk of revolution, a criminal being set free and the start of some villainous planning.

Aside from the art, the book didn’t grab me too much. I have no idea where the story is going though, other than I know a living little girl shows up at some point, but that didn’t happen during the issue. There’s a lot that happened but the book doesn’t start connecting the dots for you, so the first issue has left me a little confused and that confusion is my motivation to get the next issue. I am curious to see what the story is all about, since the girl and the cat seem to be the focus of the it. I also want to know why there are living leaves blowing around the dead world and what this talk of “revolution” is about. However, what I read is easily forgettable, so there’s a high chance that I won’t get any further than this. We’ll just have to see.

Memoir #1

Memoir #1 Cover

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Jan 2011 | Image

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

… Long, Long Road

Trent MacGowan is a journalist spending a week in a town where the residents had lost their memory. After a mass grave is uncovered, trent perks up at the unexpected event, but the mystery deepens when one resident emails him, claiming to remember everything.

Right off the bat, the black and white art grabs me. To have a book titled Memoir and be black and white makes me wonder about any deep significance, particularly when we’re dealing with a town where the residents all woke up one day without remembering who they were, where they were, or what happened. It gives me the impression I’m looking through a phonebook.

The story starts off well, too, with an unusual event that likely resulted in death, and then the smarmy journalist’s interview setting up the story of what happened to the town, and then we jump right in and everything is kinda off. It’s a fairly large town, too, and all the weird people, their odd behaviors, the obligatory hostile outburst from one of them…

Don’t be thinking’ of buying’ any of this here meat, son.

Bad things happened to make this meat. bad things…

Lowesville is one of those places where you’d just get back on the bus while you’re still alive and forget about it before some psycho serial killer, or the whole town, butcher you for their sunday dinner. Through the issue, I wondered if Trent was going to get attacked, or see an attack. I was almost disappointed, but when the crazy digger found that mass grave, all was forgiven.

I enjoyed this book. I love horror comics, and this has a lot of good going for it. The black and white art, the crazy town, and mystery of what the hell happened there. I’m really curious to see what happens when Trent meets up with the one guy that claims to remember everything. It’s obvious no good will come from that, and I’m really excited to read the next part and see how Trent deals with things.I expect more mass graves will pop up. Oh, of course, there’s the question of whether trent survives the town, or not. I always vote for ‘not’.

Tracker Preview

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Jul 2009 | Top Cow

Writing: Johnathan Lincoln
Art: Francis Tsai
Letters: Troy Peteri

First Look

Now this is pleasantly surprising. A werewolf story i actually happen to like. I have always locoed werewolves, but never liked any of the movies or books I ever read. I wanted something more different and original and this book seems to be heading in the right direction, especially after reading the letters in the back of the book.

I don’t know where to begin. I really enjoyed this book. It has wonderful art and I’ve been really into crime and mystery books and having this supernatural angle, this werewolf serial killer running about, makes me giddy. The characters are interesting, the story well written, I have a feeling I’m going to like where this is going.

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.

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