A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics he’s picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by increasing anticipation. Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, so…yeh, there’s that.
Wanderlust Blues #1
By: Sid R Quade/215 Ink
After a world breaking calamity, civilization has clustered around a few small cities, safe from the Chimera that prowl outside their walls. Wanderlust Blues, a strangely named comic, is the story of a traveling Half-Breed merchant and his adopted human daughter. Quade’s characters are instantly recognizable and endearing, though their dialect-heavy speech is something of a bother at times. Quade’s art is an interesting fusion of Adventure Time and old timey cartoons which gives an interesting effect when the story gets dark, and boy does it ever. Not exactly for the faint of heart but damn well-executed, Wanderlust Blues is perfect for people who want something a little different.
Mass Effect: Discovery #1 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Story: John Dombrow, Jeremy Barlow/Script: Jeremy Barlow/Art: Gabriel Guzman
Colors: Michael Atiyeh/Letterer: Michael Heisler/Dark Horse Comics
Mass Effect: Discovery follows everyone’s third favorite turian, Tiran Kandros, as he infiltrates and investigates the Andromeda Initiative pre-launch. One would think the knowledge of the game’s plot would remove tension from the story, but Dombrow and Barlow’s plot–that of a missing and hunted Andromeda scientist–provides more than enough intrigue. Guzman’s art is fantastic, tracking Mass Effect’s aesthetic while keeping his own style in truly tremendous fashion. The emotion on display, mostly on turian faces, is easily Guzman’s strongest trait displayed. Atiyeh’s colors are delightfully muddied, which one would think would clash with the source material’s shiny gloss, but it perfect for the grit of this story. Mass Effect: Discovery is off to a promising start.
Creators: Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren/Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Joe Sabino/Image
Bartlett did something did something bad last night and now one of the Bowman boys is dead. And things are about to get a whole lot worse. Cates doesn’t leap right into the shit, instead letting the anticipation build as the day wanes like a doomsday clock. Estherren’s emotions are understated yet effective, selling every scene with aplomb. Redneck is darn good and only getting better.
Detective Comics #957
Writers: James Tynion IV & Christopher Sebela/Pencils: Carmen Carnero
Inks: Karl Story, Richard Friend & Carmen Carnero/Colors: Javier Mena
Letters: Sal Cipriano/Boom! Studios
Spoiler’s campaign against Batman gets a new chapter as the set-up to the next story arc. This issue is tough to love, as it’s almost someone pitching a tantrum but they actually have some points you begrudging recognize as valid. There’s no question it’s well-executed however. Carnero’s lines are crisp and clean, providing excellent atmosphere and body work. Another solid entry for DC’s best title.
So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.