Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/16
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.
Far Sector #1 (DC/Black Label)*- Hugo winning writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell team up to tell a Green Lantern story about a utopia gone wrong that is bathed in both the speculative fiction and police procedural dramas. Jo Mullein is the Green Lantern representative to the furthest end of the universe, which is a world called the City Enduring. Ostensibly, the City Enduring is a perfect world, devoid of emotions that is built from the ruins of a genocide that hasn’t had a murder in 5 centuries and calls their cops “Peace Captains”. However, it’s mostly definitely not as Jemisin and Campbell expose the bullshit beneath its sleekly drawn surface. Jemisin definitely plays to her SF strengths in this comic using a serial murder plot to progress the narrative while adding oodles of world-building and a side of snarky humor. Campbell continues to have some of the cleanest visuals in comics with his distinct looks for the three types of inhabitants of City Enduring, but he can do grotesque too. Also, kudos to both N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell for coming up with one of the most creative uses of a Green Lantern ring for comedy purposes. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy.
Morbius #1 (Marvel) – In the opening 8 or 9 pages, writer Vita Ayala and artists Marcelo Ferreira and Roberto Poggi establish that Morbius #1 isn’t a superhero comic, but a slasher story. Morbius’ philosophical musings about virtue, the greatest good, and curing his hunger and pain don’t pop up until midway in the issue as he stalks a warehouse taking out members of Melter’s crew, who are exploiting his neighborhood. Ayala writes him as a vampire with a conscience, but with the soul of a PhD and the appearance of monster in contrast with angsty pretty boy pop culture vampires like Louis and Angel. Ferreira, Poggi, and colorist Dono Sanchez-Almara’s work goes beyond Morbius’ appearance, and his skill at killing and bloodlust is evident through quick series of panels, lots of red, and veiny figure work although they don’t go full Joe Mad or Stephen Platt. Morbius #1 is a classic horror tale with pseudoscientific trappings of a monster wanting to become human, but outside forces not wanting to give him that chance. (And for good reason.) Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy
Punisher Soviet #1 ( Marvel)– In this story, Frank Castle is a gun for hire, as he opens the book on a massacre he unleashes, he wonders who’s this new criminal force making a move. Soon his handler puts the dots together and finds out it is a crew he had been targeting last time he was in Russia. As he shakes down one of the goons, we find out just how brutal Frank really is. By issue’s end, he finds the crime boss, who knew eventually The Punisher would find him. Overall: 9 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 (**).