Tuesday, October 5, 2010

And you better hope that not a single hair is touched on Colby's head.

Artifacts #2 ****
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist(s): Michael Broussard, Rick Basaldua, Joe Weems, Sal Regla, Dulce Brassea, and Dale Keown
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook
Publisher: Top Cow

It has been a while since the first issue came out, which may prove to be a problem for those of you who do not have a familiarity with the Top Cow Universe, much like myself. Thankfully though, I did not have such a problem. This issue was just fantastic. I am still not familiar enough with the characters that I know all of their names, but unlike with X-Men Legacy, there is that emotional click. I want to learn more about these characters, I want that little girl to be found by her parents, I want her parents to open a world of pain on the lady that kidnapped her, i genuinely want to read more. This is the direct result of two things. One, the writing, the overall story, is just fantastic. It's a unique story and without having read any of the other Top Cow series' it is evident that this book will be a major game changer in the Top Cow Universe. Even better than the writing, in my opinion, is Michael Broussard's artwork. The sheer detail and beauty in his art is positively fabulous. His art takes the story and literally brings it to life in ways that I can't even begin to describe.

Chew #14 ****
Writer: John Layman
Artist(s): Rob Guillory
Cover Artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image

Issue after issue, Chew does a great job of telling a great story while incorporating new, interesting, and sometimes freaky ideas and characters. This issue gives us a glimpse into Tony's past, where his psychotic ex-girlfriend remains. Meanwhile, Savoy's return only means bad things for poor Colby who can never seem to get a break. What is also great about Chew is that it is one of those stories where you can't anticipate or guess what will happen next. The unique story and style of writing allows for a cohesive, exciting story. This issue also proves that Chew is more than just a really funny comic, as it explores and adds depth to the relationships in Tony's life in meaningful, natural manner.  The artwork also remains consistent throughout the series and does a great job of accentuating the writing.

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants- X-Men vs. Vampires #1 ****
James Asmus, Christopher Sequeira, Peter David, Rob Williams, and Chris Claremont
Artist(s): Tom Raney, Sana Takeda, Mick Bertilorenzi, Doug Braithwaite, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Bob Wiacek
Cover Artist: Nick Bradshaw and Jim Charalampidis
Publisher: Marvel

This issue was done in the same fashion as Nation X was done; there were a series of shorts involving the X-Men. For the most part this issue was pretty good. What was most effective, I think, was that the creators were able to use some secondary characters that are often looked over, such as Husk or Martha. With such an extensive cast, these multi-short storied issues are a perfect way of accessing characters that have a fan base but do not fit into the main titles. This issue did a great job of showcasing Husk's powers, which many people tend to forget about. The second story, Dazzler's story, was great. It did a nice job of giving the vampire's side of the issue. Same goes for Magneto's story, both did a nice job of showing the humanity inside the vampires, which had otherwise been missing in this arc. Martha's story was a nice continuation of her story in Nation X where she came to realize that she might enjoy being a superhero. What is also great about having these mini stories is that there is a chance to showcase some new artists and give the audience a feel of the new talent. In this case, 3 of the 4 artists incorporated were fantastic and would be a great addition to any one of the X-titles.

X-Men Legacy #240 **1/2
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist(s): Clay Mann and Jay Leisten
Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Publisher: Marvel

This was a decent issue. Rogue and Magneto being manhandled and tossed aside like children was interesting to see. My biggest complaint with this arc though, is that I am having a hard time being emotionally compelled. Usually by this point of an arc I will want to know more about a character or I will feel an emotional bond with a character. And unfortunately for this arc, that is not happening for me. As much as I love Rogue, that alone can't make a successful arc. The beings from the other dimension, Anole, Indra, and Loa are, unfortunately, not a strong supporting cast at all Admittedly, my disliking this arc has a lot to do with the disconnect between me and the characters, which may not be the case for other readers.

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1 comment:

  1. Chew was awesome as usual. I love Colby! Tony's ex is a freaking psycho, as is his boss. And you're right, Chew is totally unpredictable, and I love that about it!