Sacred Creatures 3 (September 2017)

Sacred Creatures #3

Sacred Creatures is real long this issue. And nothing happens. Oh, wait, turns out the Seven Deadly Sins have somehow Rosemary’s Babied ne’er-do-well lead Josh’s baby. It’s all part of some ancient plan. Regardless, nothing happens. Lots of talking heads saying nothing and Raimondi and Janson don’t have the writing chops to make it pass. It’s generic, it’s formulaic, it’s boring. Raimondi’s art is still good, but Creatures is desperately low on steam.

CREDITS

Writers, Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson; artist, Raimondi; colorist, Chris Chuckry; letterer, Tom Orzechowski; editor, Sebastian Girner; publisher, Image Comics.

Kaijumax: Season Three 3 (September 2017)

Kaijumax: Season Three #3

Electrogor returns to Kaijumax–figuratively and literally–but as a supporting player. The goat monster and the human doctor split this issue; his story is a tad more amusing than hers. There are hints of intriguing revelations for him, while she’s just doing more of the same with her kaiju lover. Cannon doesn’t recapture the magic–this issue reads like it should’ve been number one, not three–but he seems like he’s back on the right track towards it. Hopefully Electrogor’s season-long odyssey in Season Two wasn’t all just filler.

CREDITS

Rock Solid Rep; writer, artist and letterer, Zander Cannon; colorists, Cannon and Jason Fischer; editor, Charlie Chu and Desiree Wilson; publisher, Oni Press.

Spy Seal 2 (September 2017)

Spy Seal #2

Lots of good spy stuff in Spy Seal this issue–including an awesome chase sequence–but it’s at the end where Tommaso hints at how much further the comic might go. It’s not just going to be spy tropes with anthropomorphic animals (the mouse agent is adorable), the plotting is going to be suspenseful and tricky. There’s also a great subplot about Malcolm falling for his mentor, a comely kestrel named Kes. And Tommaso’s thought bubble shorthand for getting information across–he just uses punctuation or ideograms–is fantastic. He’s able to keep up the comic’s pace while still filling out the narrative in each panel.

The Corten-Steel Phoenix; writer and artist, Rich Tommasi; publisher, Image Comics.

Spy Seal 1 (August 2017)

Spy Seal #1

Spy Seal is about a seal–Malcolm, the seal’s name is Malcolm–who becomes a spy for MI:6. It’s set in Cold War London, with the Soviets trying to cause turmoil and only so many good guys up for the task. Turns out Malcolm is suited for it, although he only fought Soviet spies because he was drug to an art show (for the free food) when he should’ve been looking for a job.

Creator Rich Tommaso fills this London with talking animals, usually adorable, who are struggling to deal with Cold War tensions boiling over. The animal cast is sometimes inherently funny, but Tommaso’s also got a lot of good scripted comedy. He’s sparing with the puns; they’re often quite subtle and quite good.

His art’s detailed and clean. Malcolm’s adventures take him not just to an art gallery, but also the London rooftops to catch a spy, as well as a dangerous performance piece.

The characterizations are still a little shallow, but it’s early days and Spy Seal is starting strong.

CREDITS

The Corten-Steel Phoenix; writer and artist, Rich Tommasi. Ninja Fukuroh; writer and artist, Joey Weiser. Publisher, Image Comics.

Dastardly & Muttley 1 (November 2017)

Dastardly & Muttley #1

Garth Ennis doing a Hanna-Barbera comic. One with Warner Bros. cartoons references. And gross-out war violence (sort of… war violence, not gross-out, it’s definitely gross-out). What else. Oh, yeah. A man with a dog’s head.

Dastardly & Muttley plays to a lot of Ennis’s strengths–war comics, funny talking heads, reveals–even if it’s a little too slick. Mauricet’s art is gorgeous, but it’s all very controlled. Ennis’s script is all over the place. It’s exagerrated, which helps cover the slightness, and Mauricet’s art grounds it too much.

It’s fun, but it’s not clear if Ennis has plateaued on the fun with issue one.

CREDITS

1: And I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Mauricet; colorist, John Kalisz; letterer, Rob Steen; editors, Brittany Holzherr and
Marie Javins; publisher, DC Comics.

The Damned 4 (September 2017)

The Damned #4

One of the things I always forget about The Damned is just what a shit protagonist Eddie can be. It’s part of the comic’s DNA. Luckily, Bunn hasn’t forgotten. Needless to say, no spoilers, but it’s an excellent issue. There’s an action sequence, there’s a soul-selling flashback, there’s demons, there’s rain–all things Hurtt excels at illustrating. There’s so much weight in every panel. Damned is haunted in the best possible way.

CREDITS

Ill-Gotten, Chapter 4; writer, Cullen Bunn; artist, Brian Hurtt; colorist, Bill Crabtree; letterer, Chris Crank; editor, Charlie Chu; publisher, Oni Press.

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