Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/13
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.
ShatterStar #1 (Marvel)– In this debut issue, we find a semi retired android Assassin who is more than happy to be passing for another boring human. he just so happens to live in a building with heroes from alternate universes, which should be a setup for a sitcom. Instead, it turns tragic as another assassin takes out most of the building’s tenants with the exception of ShatterStar. By issue’s end, needless to say, our hero comes out of retirement for one last go at revenge. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy
What If? Peter Parker Became The Punisher #1 ( Marvel)- In a rather dark story we get a Spider-Man who actually Kills. We find Peter Parker punishing criminals across New York as The Punisher while struggling to maintain a social life. He finds a city marred by the Green Goblin, which leads to Gwen Stacey getting kidnapped and Peter killing one last time. By book’s end, as in all good What If? Issues, we get both original characters crossing paths, one that will make the reader ask, the impossible questions. Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
Star Wars Solo Adaptation #1 ( Marvel)– I will keep this one sweet and short. This is mostly a serviceable adaptation, but not much for fans to get any new insight into the story. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Borrow
The Quantum Age #3 (Dark Horse)** – A fun, fast-paced issue from Jeff Lemire and Wilfredo Torres that propels the story forward with a fair amount of gusto, gives some great backstory to one of the main characters, and ends on a killer cliffhanger that will have fans of the so-called “Black Hammer Universe” on the edge of their seats waiting for the finale. Nice, crisp art from Torres that has a cool “retro-futurist” feel to it rounds out the package with a good degree of stylish flair. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Wildstorm: Michael Cray #12 (DC/Wildstorm)** – A suitably satisfying conclusion to this 12-parter wraps up the major plots and subplots while ending things on an ominous note that fundamentally changes our perception of the title character. Bryan Hill’s scripting is solid if unspectacular, while N. Steven Harris continues his welcome pattern of improving as an artist with each issue. Competent, but not mind-blowing or anything. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
House Of Whsipers #2 (DC/Vertigo)** – A pretty major step back from the excellent first issue of this series, as Nalo Hopkinson’s story more or less runs in place (the followers of our protagonist/voodoo goddess literally doing the exact same thing they did last time out and somehow hoping for different results) until it gets to its clumsily-executed and frankly less-than-exciting cliffhanger, while artist Dominike “Domo” Stanton turns in a rushed-looking job with none of the detail or rich atmospherics of the previous installment. Oh well. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass
Hey Kids! Comics! #3 (Image)** – Seemingly out of nowhere, Howard Chaykin is putting out his best comic in a decade or more, and it’s gaining steam as his disparate timelines begin to coalesce into a fairly straightforward plot that’s easy enough to follow. Strong characters, a take-no-prisoners approach to comics history, and typically strong Chaykin art and design work are coming together into something pretty damn special here. Overall: 8.5 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 (**).