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.
Cemetery Beach #3 (Image)** – An action-centric issue that takes all of about ten seconds to read, but Warren Ellis knows when to get the word balloons and caption boxes out of the way and just let Jason Howard’s art take over, which it surely does here. Brisk, exciting, cinematic, and compelling stuff. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy
Gideon Falls #8 (Image)** – The closer Jeff Lemire moves his two once-disparate plotlines together, the more intriguing the story becomes — and the more amazingly creative Andrea Sorrentino gets with his breathtaking art. This series got off to an iffystart, but after about #3, each issue has successively gotten better, scarier, and more gorgeous to look at. Long may this trend continue. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
The Quantum Age #4 (Dark Horse)** – Okay, yeah, this issue runs in place a bit, but Jeff Lemire still has the scripting of these characters down to a sweet science, and Wilfredo Torres’ sleek and stylish art really suits the futuristic sci-fi setting of this miniseries. Granted, the cliffhanger this time out is basically just a “bigger, bolder” version of last issue’s, but damn if it doesn’t work beautifully. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Hey Kids! Comics! #4 (Image)**- In the wake of Stan Lee’s death it may have been smart to hold this one back a few weeks, but it was probably already on its way from Diamond to the shops, so what can you do? Still, Lee’s doppleganger character emerges as the closest thing to a “villain” here in the fourth installment of Howard Chaykin’s superb deconstruction of the comics industry’s sorry treatment of its creators, and while it’s frequently quite funny, it still hurts to see how so many of these people got screwed so hard. Yeah, a lot of this history is old hat to long-time fans, but in Chaykin’s skilled hands it becomes fresh, vital and, yes, infuriating, all over again. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
The Green Lantern #1 (DC)** When I heard that Grant Morrison (who just so happens to be my all time favorite writer) was dipping his pen in green ink to write this series, I was ecstatic. I mean with his blend of wacky sci fi hi jinx and imagination how could this miss?? Well it did, and it didn’t. First off he gets the character of Hal Jordan perfectly. I really dig the Captain Kirk edge he’s instilled in him. The scene where Hal dispatched the aliens in disguise was great. He did it without the ring. Something a lot of writers don’t get with Hal. He is not just the ring. This is a man who has been all over the cosmos and dealt with almost every threat conceivable. So he is bound to retain some of that savvy and put it to good use. Hal has but isn’t using the ring at the moment because of charging issues. Simple enough. The issue moves at a brisk pace and we get nice banter and dialog amongst the other Lanterns. It is just something is a bit lacking. I can’t put my finger on it yet. It’s only the first month in and I have all the faith in Morrison that this will be a top title for me. The art by Liam Sharp is just sharp, I mean pretty at times and scratchy at others. I know he is capable of breathtaking rendering as seen on his Wonder Woman run. I want to see some outrageous stuff in these pages, just haven’t got it yet. His art reminded me of very 90s Image and gives the book a bit of a dated feel. I hope that improves. The issue ends with a cliffhanger but it lacks that first big issue punch. I will certainly be back next month but I am hoping Grant takes the training wheels off and goes nuts. Overall: all the potential in the world. With Grant at the helm I know we are in for a ride, even if we got a bit of a slow start. Score: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
The Black Order #1 (Marvel) – Not so great, just not fun at all. I give this book , a solid “ Meh” Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass
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 (**).