Comics Potluck!

Potluck

The last couple of weeks I have been surprised and overjoyed with the amount of outstanding comics being published. This week I want to talk about a bunch of them! These books span publishers and genres and each one deserves a full-length review all its own. Sadly I don’t have time to do that so let’s just dig in shall we?

The first book I want to talk about is Marvel’s Karnak #1, “The Flaw in all Things Part One”, by Warren Ellis with art by Gerardo Zaffino. First of all, FINALLY my favorite Inhuman has his own book! I am so happy about this, even though Warren Ellis, whom I usually don’t enjoy, is writing it. This book focuses on the titular Inhuman, whose ability is to see the weakness in all things and exploit that weakness, as he leaves his life as a monk to help SHIELD with a missing person’s case.

This book is amazing. The art is gorgeous and the writing is fantastic. Karnak is an overpowered person who knows it and is not afraid to use it. There are brutal scenes of violence that are perfectly drawn. The writing and pacing is exactly what I want out of a character like this. I rarely say this about Warren Ellis but wow, amazing job. My only problem with this book is that Karnak comes across as a bit arrogant, which I guess makes sense when you are as powerful as he is, but it’s almost to the point that I don’t like the character.

The next book I want to talk about is from Oni Press and is called Blood Feud #1, by Cullen Bunn, Drew Moss and Nick Filardi. The book is about two families who have a blood feud and the community they live in. This issue shows us a town with some crazy stuff (i.e. giant tarantula herds) and two warring families, the Stubbs clan and the Whately clan. One is rowdy and the other is dark and mysterious. Our main character is from neither of the clans but gets caught in the middle.

I don’t follow Oni Press very much but this book called to me a little. I love a good blood feud book. The community they live in is expertly written as a small town. I grew up in a small town, granted in Manitoba and not the southern United States, but I know the power a family can have. This book shows how two families fighting can affect an entire population. The supernatural aspects of the story also play up to that small rumor mill. The art is mediocre but overall the writing carries this book. I will be keeping my eyes on Oni Press from now on.

Meteora #1, “The Most Dangerous Thing in Space Part 1” by Artem Gabrelyanov with art by Konstantin Tarasov is a gorgeous book about space smugglers and the future that is published by small publisher BUBBLE. It follows the story of Ora, a young human female smugger and her partner, Push, who is this humanoid lion who is just awesome looking. There is a space squirrel in here somewhere also and honestly the whole book feels like Transporter meets Guardians of the Galaxy and is as awesome as that sounds.

The writing is a little odd; sometimes I can’t tell if it is supposed to be a kid’s book or a mature title. Especially when the sentient, giant space squirrel talks to Push while the lion-man is looking at porn featuring whatever his species might be. It’s odd, but the whole issue kind of keeps you guessing about its tone and I liked that. The art is gorgeous at times yet seems rushed at others. This whole book is out of balance, but it’s still a really solid book.

Vertigo’s Twilight Children #1, written by Gilbert Hernandez with art by Darwyn Cooke, is creepy, oddly mature, and mysterious. The story is set in a small beach community where strange orbs suddenly appear and many characters have dark secrets. There are three kids who venture into a forbidden cave with dire consequences, characters committing adultery, and the town drunk.

This book feels lighthearted but is ultimately going to be dark. Darwyn Cooke is one of my favorite artists and it’s because his books all have the same feel. His art reminds me of the 1930s and therefore I always think his books are set in that time period. This book may be, I doubt it, but you never know. The story is mysterious and intriguing and not at all what I thought this book would be about. I love all of the characters so far. I never thought I would see people in adult situations drawn by Darwyn Cooke. It feels wrong but in the best ways. It fits so well. I will stop now but seriously isn’t Darwyn Cooke just the best.

Finally I want to talk about Rebels. Not a specific issue but rather the series, so far, as a whole. I feel like Brian Wood is doing for the America Revolution what he did for Vikings with Northlanders — which is a fantastic series, as is Rebels. I am just a little disappointed that he decided to keep going. I know I sound a little whiney but I would have liked to have seen him wrap it up and go on to write a new idea. All this being said, I am so in. I love Brain Wood’s writing and I really hope he does more historical stuff beyond the American Revolution and Vikings.

You should check out all of these books. They are all great and I wish I could talk about every book that I read over the last two weeks but I simply don’t have the time. I am going to move away from giving these books a value as none of them were perfect but all of them were fantastic. Just buy them all!

 

Andrew Dearborn
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Andrew Dearborn is a part-time reviewer, long-time reader, and occasional video gamer. He grew up in a small Southern Manitoba town and, as many from his area tend to do, migrated to the "big city" of Winnipeg, where he works full time as a bookseller and event facilitator for McNally Robinson as well as a substitute teacher. He is actively pursuing a career in teaching, having received his Bachelor of Education in high school History and English from the University of Manitoba in 2013. While attending the University of Manitoba he was lucky enough to have one of his many short stories, "Socrates' Last Drink", published in The Manitoban. Andrew is also a bilateral cleft palate, a Mennonite, and a nerd, having started his comic book collection at the tender age of seven with a small stack of hand me down Spider Man and Jack Kirby-drawn Eternals issues. In his spare time he reads, writes and talks... incessantly.
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