Friday, May 3, 2013

COMICS READING FOR APRIL: “Flagging interest”

* NOW WITH STAR RATINGS (ala Wrestling Observer Newsletter PPV reports) *

*****   Watchmen, Miracleman, V For Vendetta
****     From Hell, Supreme, Swamp Thing, Fashion Beast, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (first two series)
***        Axel Pressbutton, Tom Strong
**           Promethea
*             LoEG: Century: 1969
DUD (or lower) any of his non-comics stuff

1. Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse (Top Shelf, 2008) ***
Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire
Lemire's gone on to do much better. The first two volumes of Essex County were more entertaining, too. At least this was on special.

2. Salt Water Taffy Vol. 3 (Oni Press, 2009) ***
Writer/Artist: Matthew Loux
Plot holes big enough to drive a truck through and with more unanswered questions than one would expect in a kid-friendly graphic novel about kid detectives, ghosts and murder in a seaside village. How DID the ghost of a murderer wind up on that elixir bottle? Will someone tell me? Anyway, I got this for five bux at Minotaur Books in Melbourne, so no harm done.

3.-6. Courtney Crumrin In the Twilight Kingdom (Oni Press, 2004) ***½ 
- originally published in Courtney Crumrin In the Twilight Kingdom (Oni Press, 2004)
Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh

7.-8. Courtney Crumrin’s Monstrous Holiday (Oni Press, 2009) **¾
Writer/Artist: Ted Naifeh
- originally published in Courtney Crumrin And The Fire-Thief's Tale (Oni Press, 2007) &  Courtney Crumrin & The Prince Of Nowhere (Oni Press, 2008)
After being thoroughly entertained by Volumes 1-3, Vol. 4 is a distinct drop in quality as Courtney and her uncle battle werewolves and vampires in an annoying pandering to Twilight fans. Courtney has become insufferably dull, constantly whinging about her "miserable" life, and her near-death at the hands of an amorous bloodsucker borders on child abuse. Creepy (in not a good way) storytelling by Mr Naifeh. 
9. Fil Barlow’s Zooniverse #2 (Zoonitoons, 2012) ***½
Writer/Artist: Fil Barlow
Lovely stuff from an Australian legend. Check out his wonderful work (and buy a few mags or original art) at
10. The Secret Service #6 (Icon, 2013) ***¾
Writer: Mark Millar/Artist: Dave Gibbons
Great ending to the series, but US$4.99 for a regular comic? Outrageous!
11.-22. American Flagg #1-12 (First, 1983-84) **¾
Writer/Artist: Howard Chaykin
A forgotten gem or an overrated piece of tosh? My upcoming podcast will reveal all.
23.-28. Newuniversal #1-6 (Marvel, 2007) ***¼
Writer: Warren Ellis/Artist: Salvador Larroca
29.-30. Newuniversal: Shockfront #1-2 (Marvel, 2008) ***
Writer: Warren Ellis/Artists: Steve Kurth & Andrew Hennesy

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