Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/2/16
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Elasticator #1 (Scout Comics) I was pleasantly surprised by this comic, which may sound good, but I didn’t expect much, honestly. That being said what is here has me interested enough to come back for the next issue; issue #1 takes the shape of an interrogation of Elasticator that enables the telling of an origin story combined with some exposition without either feeling forced. A good start to a new series. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Judge Dredd #4 (IDW) Despite really enjoying this series, I don’t have much to say about it other than if you’re a fan of Judge Dredd go read it! Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
Godzilla: Oblivion #1 (IDW) Nothing stunningly original here, but if you’re a fan of giant monsters then this brilliantly illustrated comic should be right up your alley. I’m typically not a fan of big monsters, but I still enjoyed it. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Black Science #21 (Image)**: Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera wrap up their five-part “Godhead” storyline with a more “dialed-down” conclusion than we’re used to seeing from this title in terms of its scale, but its impact? As jarring as ever, and then some. Apparently some major upheavals are coming our way in the next arc, but shit — major upheavals have been this series’ stock in trade from day one. 50 miles of bad road in every issue, at minimum. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy.
Suiciders: Kings Of HelL.A. #1 (DC/Vertigo)**: I found the first arc of Lee Bermejo’s “Suiciders” to be a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be. Clearly he’s seen flicks like Joe D’Amato’s “Endgame” and “2020 Texas Gladiators” more than once, but what the heck? Dystopian-future bloodsports worked like a charm at the Italian box office in the early 1980’s, and if I’m not mistaken that’s where (and when) Bermejo grew up.New artist Alessandro Vitti brings something of a sketchier, more loose-flowing style to this second series, and while it’s nice enough in its own right, it feels like a step back from what we’re used to — as does the story, as we move from the arena to the streets for a so-far -pretty -standard post-apocalyptic street gang story. Whaddya know, I guess our guy Lee has seen “1990 : The Bronx Warriors” and “The New Barbarians,” as well. I guess I can give it one more issue, but it’ll need to show me a lot more than this one did to keep me around after that. Overall: 5. Recommendation: Read —for now, I guess.
Postal #11 (Top Cow/Image)**: Keeping up the darker and more character-focused storytelling that’s been in evidence since Bryan Hill took over as solo writer on this title a few months back, the fucked-up tension in this issue is nearly off the charts as postman Mark finds himself sucked ever deeper into the web of a new “friend” who’s anything but. He knows it, and it’s not even that he can’t help himself — it’s more like, if he does decide to do the smart thing and get away from his femme fatale, everyone he knows, loves, and cares about will be dead. It seems someone hasn’t read “How To Win Friends And Influence People.” Isaac Goodhart’s art continues to look like the very best of 1980s indie comics, which means that I love it. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.
The Omega Men #10 (DC)**: The final shape of Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda’s intricate cosmic puzzle begins to take shape, and could it really be so simple as — Kyle Rayner and his new allies/”friends” being played for suckers by an irresistible alien woman? Wheel out William Shatner if you wanna go any further down that well-worn road, Mr. King. Still, the art’s great, and there are still two issues left to prove it was always about something more than this. Overal: 6. Recommendation: Buy if you’re following the series, pass if you’re not.
Lantern City Volume 1 (Archaia): Steampunk is a genre that has berthed several alternate versions of our favorite properties including Battlestar Gallactica and Green Hornet and have created interesting heroes of their own, such as Lady Mechanika.Another original property is Lantern City , which already had a huge following online, and from this first volume , one can definitely see why so many readers are entranced by this premise. Within the steampunk world of Lantern City, we are introduced to Sander Jorve, who lives in the depressing lower section , where only the underprivileged dwell, as his brother in law, Kendal , convinces him to infiltrate the police force better known as the Guard. By the end of the first volume, the stakes have never been higher, as the issue of class has never been examined better in dystopian fiction than in Lantern City. Art: 9 Story: 9 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).