Resonate (April 2014)
Publisher: Wood Eye Comix
You’ll have to excuse the Junkman this week. Ever since he discovered that Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” synced up to the Bubble Guppies’ Pencil Case he’s been obsessed with trying to find the hidden meaning of the Bubble Guppies. So you just have me, Mikey, today. Let’s get started. Before we get to the meat of this anthology, there is one thing I need to mention. On the front cover and credits the character of Samson is spelled as Sampson. Even if “Sampson” is how the Greeks spelled Samson, spelling errors this severe are a sign of an amateur production.
Anthologies are always a mixed bag, with some stories being better than others. Let’s just start at the beginning, with the comic mentioned above, “Samson.” What immediately springs to mind is Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant. Obviously, not as good as Foster, but Steven Scott makes good use of the form Foster and Prince Valiant pioneered. Scott’s story has the best artwork of the bunch, and, though the comic is in black-and-white, you don’t even miss color. Story-wise, I finished reading the page wanting to know more about Samson and his conflict with Mystophyl.
Next we have “Armored Champion,” seen in the image above. The main problem with this comic is that we’ve seen it before. It’s true, there may not be any really original stories out there, but at least try to be a little different. The story of the comic goes like this: Superman (Oh, I’m sorry, Armored Champion) retires, and a father and daughter go on a quest to find the Armored Champion’s hidden sanctuary (read: Fortress of Solitude).
Do you like Robotech and large-breasted women? Then “Steel Soldiers” is for you. Moving on…
“Falcone” is sort of a gloss on James Bond, but still enjoyable. There are evil businessmen and femme fatales. But there are also spelling errors: Falcone is referred to as “Falcon” at one point. The end of the comic seemed to take place in an Iron Man story and not the world of Falcone.
“The Nanis”… well, I could care less about it. A woman gets up, starts to walk, a guy gets zapped, a cop gets shot, then “to be continued.” There was really not enough there to make me want to continue reading the comic.
Similar to “The Nanis,” the Extremist isn’t all that exciting. Unless you like fly fishing. And women with swords (Why do women in comics always have swords?).
I have to admit, I liked “Silver Grimiore” (sic! That should be grimoire.) The art is unique and helps to make what could have been a standard run-of-the-mill werewolf story different.
Finally we come to the last story in the anthology, “The Vibrant Ones.” The question about this comic is: Should you attempt an early Fantastic Four tribute if your art is nowhere up to snuff? Bad Jack Kirby is just bad Jack Kirby.
In the end, I guess the only question is whether or not you would buy the comic. I would buy “Silver Grimiore,” “Falcone,” and “Samson” if they came in separate comics from the compendium. But I would not buy the next issue of the anthology. See you next week.