Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/25
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.
Punisher Platoon #3 (Marvel) Frank Castle is one of those characters you can tell he is a born natural at what he does. This issue shows a man with no previous combat experience, taking to killing, like riding a horse. As he uses political savvy to get an upper hand on the Vietcong. By issue’s end, his plan pays off as his men gets a decisive advantage as the other side has their own version of the Punisher, readying to pounce. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy
The Demon Hell on Earth #1 (DC) The Demon #1 is a riff off the relationship between Jason Blood and Etrigan in this new miniseries set in Death Valley of all places. There are some solid moving pieces in this issue like Jason Blood trying to use alcohol to weaken his connection to the demon, or Madame Xanadu beating the crap out of some creepy redneck bikers, but they never cohere. Brad Walker’s layouts and Chris Sotomayor’s colors for the big transformation scene are truly hellish though. Recommendation: 6.8 Recommendation: Read
Eleanor & The Egret #5 (Aftershock)** John Layman and Sam Kieth put their rather hum-drum series to bed with a superbly illustrated issue that nevertheless fails to wrap things up in an overly satisfactory, or even logical, manner. Gorgeous to look at, but an entirely forgettable read. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass.
Underwinter: A Field Of Feathers #2 (Image)** Ray Fawkes’ mysterious, abstract, interpretive horror tale isn’t for all tastes, but it’s certainly right up my alley. Nearly communicated entirely by visual means, the gorgeous watercolor-style art has a lot to say if you take the time to pay attention. The plot’s chugging along nicely on a purely liminal level, as well. Lots to admire here. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Thanos #13 (Marvel)** The “God Country” team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw could prove to be an inspired choice to take over this title, but they’ll have to deliver a little more than they do here. Shaw’s art is cosmic, sweeping, and more than easy on the eye, but Cates’ script seems, so far, derivative of every other Thanos story ever told. Not bad, but not worth four bucks. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read
The Unsound #6 (Boom! Studios)** Not a bad wrap-up to Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole’s otherworldly “hospital horror,” but not an entirely satisfying one either as our protagonist finds herself able to escape her dire situation merely because the chief “baddie” changes his mind about letting her go literally a page after he prevents her from doing so — and the final third (or thereabouts) of the book is pure set-up for a sequel that, in all likelihood, won’t be happening any time soon. Absolutely jaw-dropping art makes this comic worth a look, but not a buy. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
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 (**).