NEW MONTH! NEW COMICS!
The first month of 2019 is already gone, however the cavalcade of new comics continues!
OLD MAN QUILL #1
Writers: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Robert Gill
Cover Price: $3.99
When you set a story in the same universe as Old Man Logan, you have a lot to measure up to.
The story is by Ethan Sacks. Unfortunately, there is no new ground tread here. The older Star-Lord is flanked by familiar Guardians of the Galaxy characters and their voices and dialogue are very similar to past versions of these characters. The only difference is the addition of a lot of “old age” jokes and humor. Moreover, this has the earmarks of a relatively mundane Guardians story line.
Robert Gill handles the art duty adequately. All of the line work is thin and somewhat scratchy. Meanwhile, the facial expressions are easy to read. The body proportions always feel off, although that may have to do with the implied age of the characters. I may like the art more if it wasn’t for a so-so story.
Old Man Logan was a redefining story. So far, Old Man Quill is just… old.
FEMALE FURIES #1
Writers: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Adriana Melo
Cover Price: $3.99
I like to find interesting points to jump into unusual stories. This is not one of those points.
Cecil Castellucci’s writing is very blunt. He spends so much time going over the sexism in Apokalyptan society, including Darkseid, so often, I am surprised that the council meetings didn’t include cigars, brandy, and discussions about bank accounts. A lot of the dialogue is so similar, it feels like any character could be speaking. Additionally, a scene of the Female Furies being judged in a demeaning beauty pageant too was so blatant, I had trouble reading the story with any interest.
The art is by Adriana Melo. She prefers thick line work with a lot of minor detail. Meanwhile, the expressions of these characters is very extreme. Someone smiling can show as much teeth as the Joker. Actually, the art reminded me of the 90’s because of the wild facial expressions and characters who’s faces were either emaciated or square depending on the angle and expression.
I can’t get into this series. I have never cared much for DC Comics’ Fourth World stories. However, this issue is lacking in pacing and subtlety.
Writers: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Stephanie Hans
Cover Price: $3.99
There are so many stories of people stuck in a fantasy world. This one breaks the mold and turns it into something glorious and melancholy.
Kieron Gillen is the writer and creator of this story and he is making something truly special. The desperation of these characters to return home is palpable. In addition, he managed to work in a scene that paralleled soldiers at war in a trench. The dialogue has a shocking amount of empathy for both the main characters and the often forgotten soldiers in a battlefield. This comic is one of those that makes you think about other people’s lives and situations.
Stephanie Hans does the painted-style art. It can be a bit hard to acclimate to, as it has a European style and is very different from most American comic books. There is no discernible outer lines because of the painted style. The characters are somewhat lanky and it takes a bit to get used to. Meanwhile, the characters themselves are expressive, although it is so different from other comics on the rack, you need to have some patience when viewing this issue.
Die is the latest issue in a solid, if not entirely clear story. This was amazingly close to being the Pick of the Week. I have a feeling this series will be a masterful collected volume and is worth the wild, frightening ride.
PICK OF THE WEEK
Writers: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checcetto
Cover Price: $4.99
Daredevil’s life is turned inside out… a lot.
Chip Zdarsky’s writing has melded the comics with the better aspects of the Netflix show. This Daredevil is self-effacing, although still driven and thoughtful. His voice is somewhat different from prior volumes, however this voice has a unique resonance and depth. Meanwhile, this issue introduces a new police detective who notes that the Daredevil is doing what he does not for justice, because Daredevil is just enjoying hurting people.
Marco Checcetto’s art is a terrific compliment to the story. His sense of proportion should be studied. The difference in body styles and heights is often subtle, however it feels dynamic and notable. It is like observing people in real life. Moreover, Checcetto’s small, scratchy details gives the art a dirty, slightly sad feel that augments the story. Actually, if you get the chance, look past the characters to the backgrounds. They have a larger-than-life claustrophobic city vibe that is missing from a lot of New York-based series.
The dueling takes on Daredevil’s activities creates an unusually complete picture of the effects of a vigilante on its territory and the local law enforcement. Meanwhile, this comic is starting to ask some unusually complicated questions on one of its continuity’s most notorious characters. After Murdock being the Deputy Mayor of New York, and then nearly dying from an accident, we truly do feel like we are in a new place for the character.
This has the opportunity to be Daredevil’s greatest restart since Frank Miller. The packing is brisk and the story and art fall into place fast. It may not be an issue that gains value fast, however it is one that can make you a fan fast.
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