Friday, November 02, 2012

What I Read This Week - Nov 2

Ok, I have a huge amount of books to talk about because I missed last week so I'm going to try something different and keep it short.

Bloody Chester
(W) J.T. Petty (A) Hilary Florido, Published by :01 Second, 160 pgs, $19
This is a good western with some different takes on classic themes and a wicked twist at the end.  Petty does a good job moving the story forward and creating the appropriate tension.  Florido's art is a little cartoony for the subject matter but it works.  This is another one of those books were I felt I missed something.  I think there were some subtle things that I overlooked the first time so I'll read it again. I want to say this was great but I'm sticking to good until I read it again. 

Dredd: Cry of theWerewolf
(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.

Rachael Rising Vol 1: The Shadow of Death
(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.

Harker: The Book of Solomon
(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.

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice
(W) Gregg Hurwitz (A) Szymon Kudranski, published by DC Comics, 144 pgs, $15
This is to the Penguin what Killing Joke was to Joker.  Yes it's that good.  This makes Penguin one mean, nasty little psychotic.  It's highly recommended and you can read the long review here.

(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.

I, Vampire Vol 1: Tainted Love
(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. 



  1. You're wrong about Echo.

    More importantly, why are vampires always hedonists?

  2. I'm right about Echo. It has plot holes that you can drive a truck through. It has characters who show for no other reason then to provide dialogue or plot movement then immediately disappear. Echo has problems.

    Vampires are hedon's because no one wants to read about repressive vampires. That's dull!