Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/21
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.
Once and Future #2 (BOOM!)– The second chapter of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s grandson/grandma vs. King Arthur and his undead knights of the Brexit table leans more towards the action spectrum of the action adventure genre. Although, there is plenty of breathless banter as Duncan is trying to take everything in: Ladies of the Lake, swords in stone, a man slowly growing back sinew by sinew. Mora and colorist Tamra Bonvillain come in handy for that second part and really pour on the blood and guts for Arthur’s return with Gillen sneaking in there to skewer British nationalism between reminding readers that the Anglo-Saxons were once invaders of England. Once and Future #2 is a thrilling read with two compelling lead characters and one hell of a Big Bad in development (Hint: not Arthur). Also, it has a nice cliffhanger in the classic adventure tradition. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy
Steeple #1 (Dark Horse)– John Allison writes and draws comedic gold in Steeple #1, which is like Father Ted (But Cornish and Anglican) meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The bright eyed and bushy tailed Billie has come to Tredregyn, Cornwall to help their nocturnal, alcoholic, and covered in bruises parish priest. But then her car blows up and sets up Allison’s comedy of errors with a side of monster fighting. Allison’s cartooning is simple, yet utterly hilarious, and he crafts a weird world of empty tourist houses and a potential not so friendly rivalry between the Church of England and Church of Satan. (The second one has leather jacket wearing motorcycle babes, but also incels.) Billie’s naivete and determination makes her a great protagonist, and I can’t wait to laugh at more funny panels and learn more about this strange world on the south end of England. Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy
Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #1 (Marvel)– In a situation where SHIELD no longer exists, the Avengers have no way of gathering Intel. This is where Black Panther steps in and starts his dream team of superheroes. As the team still tries to find their footing, they have already ran into their first threat, leaving them desheveled. By issue’s end, the villain is revealed, leaving our heroes to doubt themselves. Overall, the story feels like it hasn’t quite gotten off the starting blocks, I am hoping the second issue shows more promise. Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Borrow
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 (**).