Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/7
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.
Lois Lane #1 (DC)– It’s been my theory that Lois Lane’s exploits as an investigative reporter would be more interesting than any superhero, and Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, and Paul Mounts partially prove me wrong. Lane gets to confront an ersatz version of Sarah Huckabee Sanders about making money of concentration camps at the US border as well as send a mystery character to chase a lead about a journalist in Russia being poisoned. Perkins and Mounts go for smokey noir with their visuals with plenty of shadows, liquor bottles, parking lot rendez vous, and even a steamy shower hookup with Superman. Even if Rucka’s plot has yet to find its focus, his take on Lois Lane is whip smart and definitely the most dangerous woman alive as one stroke of her keyboard or pointed question at a press conference can make the powerful tremble as she speaks truth. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal)– Doom Patrol is back and weirder than ever thanks to Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey. In this new issue, the team rescues a planet from working itself out to death while Cliff Steele struggles with being mortal again and “not real”. Harvey’s art is dream-like while Way and Lambert using the ancient device of editor captions reintroduce the team and do body positivity the Doom Patrol way. The main story feels very much like an old superhero done in one while Cliff Steele’s story is more emotionally devastating with James Harvey using a gritty art style and big Frank Miller style grids to show how he deals with his mom rejecting him. This creates tension in the series, but the rest is one big, strange adventure from Way, Lambert, and Harvey. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy
No One Left to Fight #1 (Dark Horse)– Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio have created the comic for people who ask, “Why the hell are they still making Dragon Balls decades later?” and “Thank God, Naruto finally ended?” No One Left to Fight is a loving riff on fight manga with power punching art from Ossio and good sense of self-awareness from Sitterson as the world saving hero Vale reunites with his old friend, wife, and kids. However, his friend think he’s flirting with his wife, is jealous that his kids fight over who wants to play as Vale in their background games, and this leads to lots of tension and awkwardness punctuated by epic fighting moves. No One Left to Fight is the perfect fusion of shonen and slice of life and has hyperactive visuals to go with its life insights. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy
Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 (Dynamite)– I don’t see the appeal in either the Charlie’s Angels (Ok, Kristen Stewart looks pretty rad in the latest reboot.) or Bionic Woman franchise, and Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 didn’t change my mind. Soo Lee has a luscious art style that works for the characters’ outfits and driving scenes with a great use of speed lines any time Jaime Sommers does something out of the ordinary. However, Cameron DeOrdio’s story fails to get me interested in these characters and this world beyond the occasional secret agent trope and cheeky quip like one of the Angels flirting with a government employee to get access. It’s a paint by numbers spy story, and the cast of characters aren’t well-differentiated enough for me to keep my interest with the exception of some weird speaking pattern things for Bionic Woman. Overall: 5.0 Verdict: Pass
Lois Lane #1 (DC) ** The Daily Planet meets “All The President’s Men” — or women — in this fun, smart, briskly-paced suspense thriller that teams Lois with the Rene Montoya iteration of The Question. Solid scripting from Greg Rucka, lush Lee Bermejo-esque art from Mike Perkins — all in all, a very promising debut. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Doom Patrol: Weight Of The Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal) ** After spiraling down from “high weirdness” to “highly annoying” in the last arc, the new DP run gets things off on the right foot with a tight core cast, a fun Danny-centric premise, and even anhomage to Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Maybe it’s the addition of co-writer Jeremy Lambert or new artist James Harvey, or maybe it’s just Gerard Way getting a new jolt of creative energy, but whatever the case may be, this comic really works. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Female Furies #6 (DC)** Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo wrap up their revisionist look at the “Fourth World” as feminist parable with a generally satisfying — and certainly well-drawn — conclusion, but I dunno. It all seems a bit too pat and we all know how things really turned out since this story is set so far back in the past. I love a happy ending, and it was great to see the women finally come out on top. but it all comes together just a bit too quickly and conveniently. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read
The Wild Storm #24 (DC/WildStorm)** Speaking of middling conclusions, Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt deliver a rather subdued finish to this two-year-long story, with maybe a few too many loose ends to completely satisfy most readers. The art’s, terrific, that’s for sure, but as “final chapters” go, this one’s a little bit of a let-down. Not bad, but just — not quite everything it could have been. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read
Star Wars Target Vader #1 (Marvel) When Vader and the Emperor get whim that an arms dealer is stealing from the Empire and selling to the Rebellion, something neither can stand for. As Vader sent to find every faction of this arms dealer known only as The Hidden Hand. The Hidden Hand is also aware that Vader is looking for them and decides to hire Beilert Valance and ragtag team of hired guns to kill Vader. By issue’s end, we find out Valance has a personal history with Vader and the Rebellion has their own plans. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Finn#1 (Marvel)– In a prequel tale of Finn as an Empire Stormtrooper, we find the same character but before he knew who he was. As we soon find out that his job in the Empire was waste protection, this changes one say when Captain Phasma requests his skill set. As he is recruited it get rid of an infestation, one which Phasma has grossly underestimated. By issue’s end, Finn becomes the vigilant hero tee know him to be in the movies, doing the right thing even when it’s hard. Overall: 9.6 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 (**).