Sunday Reviews

DARK ARK #14

Shrae and many of his monstrous charges have been captured by the mysterious islanders who, as they take the prisoners to their home, walk them through a forest strewn with the wings and halos of angels they’ve killed. Meanwhile, the other survivors plan a rescue of Shrae.

Freed from the confines of the ark, Cullen Bunn is able to develop a bigger story, bringing in more plots and characters – the forest with angel wings was a nice, gruesome touch and the hint that there are more creatures alive in the post-Flood world than first thought is intriguing. This series was getting a little tired three or four issues ago but I’m glad I stuck with it as this seems to promise more.

HAWKMAN #9

Back from his time and planet hopping adventures, Hawkman’s visiting Madame Xanadu in London when enormous Deathbringer robot ships appear above the city. Cue Hawkman jumping into the fray and having his arse kicked by the Deathbringers, now led by his one-time second in command.

Something of a place holder issue, this, where nothing much happens apart from what I outlined above. Still, it looks nice.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #8

Man-Bat tries his hand at magic, thinking of it as a different form of science, while the rest of the JLD either track down magic users to rescue from the Otherkind, or search for Mordru who may be the key to stopping them. Zatanna and Wonder Woman visit various magical places looking for clues while unknown to them, the Oblivion Bar is attacked, forcing Detective Chimp to take the other magicians through to Myrra, only to find that’s exactly what the hidden instigator behind all this wanted in the first place.

This is still my favourite Justice League title, for so many reasons. The art is just gorgeous – even the weird mini-Swamp Thing gremlins that help wait tables in the Oblivion Bar – and the dialogue is natural and occasionally funny without being forced. Thoroughly recommend this book.

VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS #5

Dejah Thoris and Vampirella work together so that Vampi’s fellow Drakulonians are saved from the all-too eager to kill Red Martians, and then manage to restore some water and vegetation to the otherwise barren Mars, before Vampi and her friends leave to head to Earth.

The mini-series comes to an end, and it’s been enjoyable enough for what it is, though this final issue seemed a little rushed.

Sunday Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve done any reviews so thought I throw some short notes out there – might become a regular thing, might not.

A WALK THROUGH HELL #7

Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka have got a fantastic horror story on the go here; the last six issues have been a well written tale of FBI agents on the hunt for a child killer and what happens after they catch him. Each issue flips back and forth between the present and flashbacks, building up the story in stages, the horror of a child killer and the hunt for him in the past, the supernatural horror of what’s happened to the agents in the present. And in this issue, Ennis has gone Biblical in a very literal sense.

Really recommend you pick this up.

BABYTEETH #14

Sticking with Biblical horror, BABYTEETH is a tale of a young woman who’s given birth to the Antichrist and who is fighting to just raise him as normally as she can. And then of course a Devil worshipping cult led by her estranged mother gets involved, not to mention assassins and, in the last couple of issues, a trip to Hell itself where, here in #14, they meet Satan. As conversations about child support and absentee fathers go, this is a blast. In almost every issue of this series, just when you think you know where the story’s going, it throws something else at you.

Again, really good.

DARK ARK #13

The tale of the other Ark during the Biblical flood, the one which didn’t hold Noah and all the fluffy animals, but instead held vampires and manticores and all manner of beasts and monsters. The rains have stopped, the monsters have landed and Shrae, the wizard who played the role of Noah to his weird cargo, has just one night for him and his family to enjoy themselves before the monsters turn on them. They are, after all, monsters. But then they’re all attacked, monster and human alike, by mysterious beings who slaughter some and capture others, forcing Shrae and the vampire Nex to team up.

It’s good, but it’s starting to feel a little stretched, like it should be wrapping up rather than introducing another plot line.

HAWKMAN #8

The hook on this new Hawkman series is that he’s been reincarnated throughout the centuries not just on Earth, but on other planets. This time round, Hawkman finds himself face to face with a previous incarnation on Krypton, just as the planet’s exploding. It’s a pause in the story of the recently (as in last issue) revealed Deathbringers, the race/army of killers that Hawkman led in his very first life; his constant resurrection cycle is to allow him to atone for the millions of deaths he and the Deathbringers caused. His Kryptonian counterpart gives him some advice just in time for the arrival of the Deathbringers on Earth’s moon.

I enjoyed Robert Venditti’s work on GREEN LANTERN and I’m liking this take on Hawkman and the Bryan Hitch art is gorgeous as ever.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7

This issue feels like it should have been out around Halloween – four short horror stories introduced by Man-Bat which feature members of the Justice League Dark coming up against manifestations of the Otherkind, the deeply horrid extra-dimensional beings that want to invade our reality and consume all the magic. JLD have been facing off against them since the start of this series and here we get the League as well as a handful of cameos – Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos working for SHADE, for example – fighting the Otherkind.

This is probably my favourite Justice League book right now; not only is the writing really good, but the art is simply stunning, and this issue was a delight!

Mash-Up #32

Twice a week I randomly generate two dates and then compare the titles I own from both of them, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together, and then I force the results on you lovely people.

By the way, I admit to being HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

Hopefully Hawkgirl will end up in the pages of Hawkman at some point soon. I miss the pair of them being together.

Monday Mash-Ups #6

Back on my old blog, I ran a series of related posts on Mondays and I’ve been wanting to do something along those lines here.

So, and I admit to being HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis, I’ve mashed up a few comic covers.

Each week I randomly generate two years and two months and then compare the titles I own from both those dates, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together, and then I force the results on you lovely people.

I have to admit to being really happy with this one, especially getting Green Arrow’s and Hawkman’s hands interacting with Fire and Blue Devil.

Ah, the 90s Justice League didn’t end well, did it?