(W) Alan Grant, John Wagner (A) Steve Dillion, Frazer Irving, Carl Critchlow, plus more, Published by 2000AD, 128 pgs, $18
Honestly, this is fluffy Judge Dredd. He's a big cypher who goes around blasting werewolves. My rating... AWESOME! It's like reading Bronze age Marvel books. They're fun in a mindless action kinda way. It doesn't hurt that the art is top notch. That alone is worth the price.
(W/A) Terry Moore, Published by Abstract Studios, 120 pgs, $17
After complaining about Moore's Echo last time you're probably wondering why I got this. Well, I ordered this before actually reading Echo so there ya go. It turned out to be the best mistake of the month because this is great! This is a ghost story and Moore does a great job of setting it up and moving things along quickly. The story is tight and Moore's trademark characterization is present so you can't go wrong. And, it seems that Moore has more control of this story because it isn't showing the flaws that marred Echo. I'm in for the next trade.
(W) Roger Gibson (A) Vince Danks, Published by Titan Books, 104 pgs, $20
This got rave reviews from the Brits when it was first published so I was definitely getting the collection. It's a very good detective novel with plenty of twists and turns. Our leads are well defined and the mystery will keep you guessing until the end. The art is good but not great. The composition is there but periodically the figure work falls off. Not enough to distract but, as an art lover, I noticed. If you like crime then this is a good one to get.
(W/A) Ted McKeever, Published by Image, 120 pgs, $16
This is some of McKeever best art in a long time. Don't get me wrong, he's always great but he inked it differently and it looks great. You can see his trademark distorted style, but there's also a touch of... dare I call it reality? Nah! It's not realistic but it's smoother somehow and it's awesome too look at. As for the story, well let's just say there's lots of punching and bloody violence for the sake of bloody violence. I'm not sure there's actually all that much story when I think about it. Anyway, it's fun much like Dredd was fun this week.
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Jenny Frison, published by DC Comics.
I really, really wanted to love this but it's just good. Fialkov writes a tight story with a great cast and a plot that races along at light speed. You can' fault the story. Frison is a Jae Lee clone. It's good but in the first six issues (this collection) he isn't able to make the style his own.
My real problem is I don't like the way the vampires were portrayed. Frison isn't always consistent in the way that he draws them and his vampire wolf form is just strange. It's good but not great.
Oh well. Nothing hideously bad this week but more mindless fun than I would normally like.