Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/7
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.
Savage Things #8 (DC Comics/Vertigo)* – Justin Jordan and Ibrahim Moustafa had themselves a pretty decent little conclusion to their eight-parter going here — until the very last page, when they set things up for a sequel that, let’s be honest, is probably never going to happen given this book’s typically-lackluster (remember when Vertigo comics were a big deal?) sales. I love Moustafa’s art, and Jordan’s sparse, economic script moves along at a nice clip, but an actual ending would have served the narrative — and its readers — a lot better. Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Postal #23 (Image/Top Cow)* – Bryan Hill and Isaac Goodhart deliver what feels very much like the penultimate issue in their long-running series, and I’ll say this much — if it’s ending, at least it’s ending on a high note. This is some seriously high-octane shit, nicely illustrated, with every chess piece being moved expertly into place. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Ringside #12 (Image)* – Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber’s wrestling series manages to pull out of its narrative tailspin a bit here with some genuinely intriguing developments added into the mix and a solid final-page cliffhanger, but damn, Barber’s art just keeps getting more rushed- and sloppy- looking. It’s pretty much hard on the eyes at this point. Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass
Batman #32 (DC Comics)* – And so, “The War Of Jokes And Riddles” comes to an end not with a bang, but a whimper — as I, for one, was certainly expecting given the disjointed nature of this sorry arc. Again, Mikel Janin does a great job on art — lousy cover aside — but in the end all Tom King’s “biggest” Bat-story yet turned out to be was a months-long delaying tactic to postpone Selina’s answer to Bruce’s marriage proposal.The “major confrontation” between Batman and his two chief nemeses proves to be anything but, and that “shocking twist” we were promised in the fight? To call it “underwhelming” is to pay it too high a compliment. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass
Punisher: The Platoon #1 (Marvel) – In what plays out as a cross between Miracle at Santa Anna and an episode of Tour of Duty, the reader finally gets to see a different side of Frank Castle. The story plays between modern day and 1968, the modern day talks about Frank as a memory a different the past gives the reader an impression of how he was as an Army officer.In what would be a routine reconnaissance mission turns into his unit exposing a secret unit. By issue’s end, someone is Korea than they seem. Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Spirits Of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) In the debut issue, we find a travel weary Johnny Blaze, who unexpectedly gets gifted something powerful from a demon. Blaze ends up going on a fact finding mission, where he encounters different characters who would have a stake in the war that’s coming.What inadvertently does happen, is finding others to help him in fighting those demons. By issue’s end, the one person we get introduced to, doing what he does best, killing vampires and that is Blade. Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
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 (**).