That's it folks - till next week read 'em if you got 'em.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Posted by emmetocuana at 03:56
Apologies folks for the belated Comics Cavalcade. Sometimes the time gets away from us. Plus I have a few pieces on comics in the pipeline. For one this hullabaloo about Marvel and DC officially endorsing homosexual characters in their fictional universes. A nice gesture for many gay comic fans (and right-thinking people generally!) but I can't help but feel it smacks of marketing. As a contrast have a look at this trailer for Silver Stiletto an Australian film about a transvestite vigilante. Puts the ridiculous hesitancy of these comics publishers to shame and I wonder if superheroes will find their real home in cinemas - the Avengers box office certainly points in that direction.
I also want to do a piece on Hickman/Pitarra's Manhattan Projects, after Kieron Gillen's plaintive cry on Twitter the other day.
BPRD Hell On Earth Devil's Engine: I am really growing to love the work of Tyler Crook. Each of his BPRD books has been a treat. His vision of an almost-apocalypsed world is convincing for its normality, interrupted by immense scenes of disaster, such as the climactic quake in this issue. Arcudi and Mignola's story has agent Andrew Devon on what appears to be a fool's errand tracking down a woman who may be a psychic - or may just be a crank. Once again the balance between supernatural horror and drama is maintained. These miniseries have been great fun to date, so I am on board for the latest trip into Hell.
Dancer #1: Now this is how it's done. For a first issue Dancer introduces just enough mystery and character beats to intrigue, with the promise of a solid story to follow. Nathan Edmondson's script builds the tension following an elaborate assassination on the opening pages, immediately introducing a happy couple afterwards that the reader is left to assume is the next target. Alan and Anna seem like a normal pair of lovers. She's a ballerina practicing for her last performance in Milan. He may have a bit of gray in his hair, but he dotes on his young partner, sitting in the dark watching as she performs. Then a quiet evening on the town is interrupted by a sudden pursuit and Anna discovers she knows very little about the man in her life. Reminiscent of George Clooney's arthouse flick The American directed by Anton Corbjin (which I loved), the last page of this book flips our understanding of the story completely. An excellent start.
Danger Club #1(2nd ed.): "Apollo is a bastard. And with the heroes gone, he's now the most powerful bastard on the planet." Following a Secret Wars type event that leaves the Earth undefended with the failure of its heroes to return from space, a power-mad sidekick named Apollo takes control of the remaining young superhumans. Only Kid Vigilante, Fearless, The Magician and mecha-operating Yoshimi (nice reference) are standing in his way. With a climactic battle in a sports stadium for the hearts and minds of the assembled young heroes left behind, this story felt a little similar to America's Got Powers. While I prefer Ross and Hitch's book, this story has a fantastic pace, quite a few nice touches and by starting in media res we are sucked in to the action straight away. A great new superhero book from Image.
DC Universe Presents #9: Ok let's make this quick. In Daddys Little Girl DC readers get their first glimpse of Vandal Savage in the present-day, much changed from the boisterous barbarian in Paul Cornell's Demon Knights. James Robinson's script also introduces us to what may be this revamped DC line's version of Scandal Savage, here named Kassidy. They may well be entirely different characters, but once again we have Vandal attempting to sway his daughter to a life he approves of. In Gail Simone's Secret Six: Six Degrees of Separation Scandal's lesbian lifestyle did not meet with the approval of her father, who desired an heir. Robinson has Kassidy be an F.B.I. agent who visits Savage in a high security prison to investigate a series of copycat murders that might.....wait a minute. A parody of Silence of the Lambs would have been fine, but the script also has a number of tiresome cracks about Sigmund Freud and a terribly unconvincing conclusion. Not to mention the implied attraction between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling is here queasily mapped on to a manipulative father looking to convince his daughter to follow in his footsteps. Very disappointing, feeling a bit like salt in the wound given the continuing failure of Secret Six to appear in this new DC universe.
Mondo #2: Buy this. It's demented, but I love it.
Giant murderous chickens, a loser transformed into a muscle-bound hulk and a philosophical egg. Ted McKeever's a mad genius (and Dana Moreshead's covers are delightful).
I don't want to spoil this experience for anyone - buy it and enjoy.
Reset #2 of 4: Peter Bagge's latest slice of tar-black comedy takes that age-old fantasy of traveling back in time to correct the mistakes of your past and slaps it silly. Guy Krause is a failed celebrity who has been offered just this chance - but crippled by insecurity and self-loathing he is unable to even get beyond the first moment of this return to his past without questioning it. Said return is achieved by an incredibly detailed VR simulation. Having held up the experiment for an entire issue already, Guy allows himself to be strapped down removing any ability to halt the procedure. In effect he confesses that he has no control over himself. Although that doesn't stop him trying to get his end away in his simulation. Great fun.
That's it folks - till next week read 'em if you got 'em.
Labels: BPRD Hell On Earth, Comics, Comics Cavalcade, Dancer #1, Danger Club #1, Image, John Arcudi, Mike Mignola, Mondo #2, Nathan Edmondson, Peter Bagge, Reset #2, Silver Stiletto, Ted McKeever |