Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers 6 (March 2015)

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #6

I wish Joe Casey loved Jack Kirby a little less. Captain Victory ends with the origin of Captain Victory (as the young version sees it unfold). What’s it like? Well, there are nods to Darkseid, the New Gods, probably something from Marvel, whatever. It’s a bunch of Kirby homage and it’s all in summary and none of it’s in scene.

There are eight guest artists doing this history section and it’s disconcerting. It never lets the issue find of good visual vibe because Fox is back on the space ship and not doing much in the series’s actual settings. Well, there’s one great shot of the World Trade Center.

Is it a good finish to the series?

Not at all. Everything goes toward the homage aspect. Casey doesn’t care about any of his characters.

Is it a good Kirby homage?

Doubt it; he’d probably prefer people get a good read.

CREDITS

Writer, Joe Casey; artists, Nathan Fox and friends; colorist, Brad Simpson; letterer, Simon Bowland; editors, Molly Mahan, Hannah Elder and Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

Resident Alien: The Suicide Blonde 3 (November 2013)

Resident Alien: Suicide Blonde #3

Hogan manages to find a sensational but also completely not finish to Suicide Blonde. The resolution of the mystery is genial, even as the suspect recounts a somewhat salacious story. Harry’s just too good of a guy for it to be anything but genial.

Only then Hogan brings in the Men in Black and Harry’s a target again. Only he doesn’t know it. Hogan doesn’t even get around to dealing with Asta. He hints at that subplot but doesn’t spend any real time on it. The resolution to the mystery and Hogan’s sensitive handling of the suspect and Harry’s reaction to it, it’s where the energy goes.

Parkhouse’s art isn’t great. He gets bored with all the talking heads. There’s nothing for him to do–that somewhat salacious story is barely salacious and he and Hogan are actually rather respectful.

It’s a nice finish; Resident Alien is a unique book.

CREDITS

Writer, Peter Hogan; artist, Steve Parkhouse; editors, Everett Patterson and Philip R. Simon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Shaper 1 (March 2015)

Shaper #1

Eric Heisserer turns in a perfectly serviceable script for Shaper. Kid graduating high school (or the future, interplanetary equivalent) from a bad home, can’t get a prime gig, finds out he’s a magical war creature and that his favorite teacher’s been lying to him and she’s his mom.

At least I think he doesn’t know she’s his mom. I’m not sure. Heisserer has some clarity issues. But he’s also got Felipe Massafera’s strong sci-fi artwork, which forgives a lot of those clarity issues.

Shaper is derivative and disposable, but Heisserer’s script is competent enough a good artist can make it work. Massafera’s more than a good artist, he’s a good sci-fi artist; he knows the balance between space ships and future cities and aliens. He’s got a good action style and he’s perfectly decent with talking heads stuff (focusing on the sci-fi setting).

It’s perfectly serviceable stuff.

CREDITS

Writer, Eric Heisserer; artist, Felipe Massafera; colorist, Wes Dzioba; letterer, Michael Heisler; editors, Freddye Lins, Everett Patterson and Randy Stradley; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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