This month (August), I wrote some words about the comics I’m sending to my Comics Club comrades. ENJOY
Elseworlds Annual Legionnaires #1 (DC) I’ve always liked DC Elseworlds titles. They took characters and put them into these little compartmentalized stories that wrap up nice and neat and were creative with the license. I don’t know any of these characters, though, and the story was a lot of DC Cosmic which overwhelmed me. I do miss comics being flat colored with bright, contrasting colors. Sometimes the over rendered house-style of new stuff just looks over-worked. Overall an okay read.
The Rockmeez (Jzink Comics) It’s terrible. A lot of 4th wall bullshit. Banner in the high school that says “Welcome Suck” is pretty good. Flynn Prejean (the inks, I guess) has become a notable illustrator; mostly gig posters of sexy skulls and pin-ups. www.badmoonstudios.net. Looks like the only one of the bunch to be found. Also, I don’t think that Dr. Pepper ad on the back is official.
Dinosaur Mansion #1 of 4 (Edge Comics) Lord, okay. So it stars Playboy Playmate Rebecca Ferratti (of Ace Ventura Pet Detective fame?). She gets in a car crash, she seeks shelter in a nearby mansion, a gas cloud rips her shirt off, she falls through a door-portal into the Savage Land, watches two dinosaurs fight (cut to pin-up pose), is then captured by pterosaur riding men, who take her to take General Zod who ALREADY KNOWS HER NAME TO BE CONTINUED. I mean, it’s bad. The art is bad. Everything is bad. But someone made it and here it is.
The Fat Ninja #3 (Silverwolf) Published by Silverwolf in ‘86. The art charmed me in a way a lot of 80’s black-and-white-boom comics do. The layouts, panels, and pacing struck me as particularly snappy. Overall, though, it’s ruined by dumb story, dumber concept, and 4th wall bullshit.
Picked up Jazzbo! (Slave Labor Graphics) because the cover art looked right up my alley. I’m lenient with journal/bio comics, but author/arist Eric Searleman is kind of an unlikeable shit. Favorite bit is from the newsroom where Scott Adams (of Dilbert) calls and he takes a message for his boss, then decides he felt a “real connection with him” and decides to put his number in his address book; Super ethical, Eric. Overall I was bored and mad reading this one.
ARComics Premiere is like a case study in 90s comics. It’s a series of origin stories that were then supposed to be voted upon by readers by calling a 1-900 number. Every story is a terrible by the numbers super-hero cliche set-up with forgettable art and designs. However, please note the bizarre minimalist cover (NOTE: my 25-cent-bin copy did not have the pin-up of all the characters on the front. It is just bands of plain color. Must have been a bookplate or similar).
The Pitt (Marvel) is a short graphic novel set in Marvel’s “New Universe”, whatever the hell that is. Mark and Gruenwal and John Byrne wrote what’s a standard no-fun-allowed late eighties comic; a lot of set-up with no payoff. Concludes in “The Draft” and “The War”. Sal Buscema and Stan Drake’s art is the highlight. Good stuff here.
Scarlett #1 (DC) I enjoyed this one! Here’s what I liked in no particular order; Jim Fern’s art. Really pops with the 90’s flat colors; Good character expressions; fluffy dialogue between the teens (whole thing is obvious Buffy rip-off). A lot of fun and with Buffy-verse-pre-cognition was able to pick up on a lot of the seeds planted. May look into further.
Avalon #1 (Harrier Showcase Magazine) A mini-anthology of five stories of typical 80’s cramped black and white alt-Brit comics Avalon launched to showcase new British talent and have readers vote on what’s good or garbage. I was put off by the over abusive language in the first story, and the awkward pin-up poses in ACES. The lettering in the beginning of ACES was REALLY good though! The last story GRUN was paced the best out of the five.
Newstralia’s #1 (Innovation) The first full-page shot of the protags was a real good sell, but fell flat. The action-to-action panels are super confusing, like when shadow-bad-man lectures his assistant on why they shouldn’t kill everyone; I guess she’s writhing on the floor in pleasure? Now she’s in a cave? They also tried to tell two sides of each characters story by ping-ponging between antag and protag. It did not flow.
Young Heroes in Love #1 (DC) So the girls exist only to date and talk about the other guys on the team, I guess. I wonder if Young Heroes was an attempt to literally mash Archie with Superheroes to “pull in lady readers”? The art is reminiscent of Archie, which I dig, and some of the dialogue was snappy. Could have been a worse intro to a group of heroes, but I read a lot of garbage this month.
WARP #13 (First Comics) This shit is my jam. Warrior queen in metal-kini fights lizardmen on distant planet. The ham-fisted dialogue and narration coupled with a pulp-serial comic art style is choice. Being issue 13, though, I jumped in the middle of god knows what. Problematic poses and design on the main protag (surprise), but she can take care of herself real good. Also dug when she openly mocks all the lizardmen for being bullshit fighters. FACT; WARP is based off a play of the same name.