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May 262015
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Editor and Eric Miller, CMRO Contributing Writer

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A-Force #1 (Warzones)
Written by Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson
Art by Jorge Molina, Craig Yeung, Laura Martin and Matt Milla

Synopsis - While on patrol, Ms. America gets a little carried away when showing her team mates how to defeat a giant shark monster, and ends up throwing it into the Deadlands, breaking Doom’s #1 rule of Battleworld, don’t cross boarders.

Eric:
I’m not really sure why this book is called “A” Force, when it should just be called “W” Force and drop any pretences that this has anything to do with the Avengers. Yes there are a lot of Avengers women in the title, but there are also a lot of women that weren’t Avengers. This book has women mutants, superhuman, Inhumans, and everything in-between. And it even has one particular Asgardian lady that was totally unexpected. In fact, outside of Sheriff Strange and the Thors, there was only one other male character in the entire issue. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book, it’s just not a subtle book at getting it’s premise across. It has had an interesting start, and I like that She-Hulk is the Baroness in this one, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this is going.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
How is Dazzler flying? This is a really interesting premise and although I am slightly bothered by Marvels attempt to do an all female cast again, at least this is drawing from a bigger pool of characters than their previous attempts. It shows us another interesting facet of the Doom story, and basically reinforces my impression that if you like Doom, then this summer’s event is definitely for you.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 (Warzones)
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Matteo Lolli and Ruth Redmond

Synopsis - Back in 1984, all the big heroes were taken to space for a SECRET WAR – and here’s what REALLY happened!

Eric:
So, if you pay attention to the solicits, you know this but if you don’t, this is not a current Secret Wars tie-in but a tie-in to the original Secret Wars. This is supposed to be a funny way to retcon (SHOEHORN) Deadpool into the original Secret Wars, and it’s pretty much hit or miss throughout. There is some nostalgia to it, with a lot of the dialogue of the original cast being copied, word for word. Sometimes Deadpool’s jokes work with it, and felt like they belonged, but other times it didn’t. To be honest, it might have sounded good as an idea, but the reality of it is only mediocre at best, in my opinion.
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
This probably works better if you have read the original Secret Wars… I haven’t and frankly, this missed on pretty much every level. They were making fun of the awful 80′s dialogue and it just annoyed me, the bizarre back and forth confused me and the ending, well that was probably the only thing that actually got a smile out of me.
Story – 5/10
Art – 7/10

Master Of Kung Fu #1 (Battleworld)
Written by Haden Blackman
Art by Dalibor Talajic, Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva

Synopsis - The land of Kung-Fu was at war, but has been in the thrall of the 10 Rings for 100 years, but will the Drunken Master Shangi-Chi finally step up and stop him?

Etienne:
I have not had a lot of joy reading Marvels most recent Kung-Fu titles, however this one is starting out looking quite good. Perhaps because I do not need to read 100s of 1970s comics to understand the plot, I can actually get in to the story without constantly going to Google to find out who everyone is. This is actually fun to read, amusing in places and looks like it could be a really good stand alone title.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
I’m right there with you on the continuity of this title… I like Kung Fu stuff when it’s incorporated into other characters I love, like Wolverine, but I have NEVER been a fan of the straight up Kung Fu titles from the 70s or the characters. This book was refreshing, and I rather enjoyed it. It also had some VERY unexpected X-characters that were a very interesting surprise.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Planet Hulk #1 (Warzones)
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Marc Laming and Jordan Boyd

Synopsis - After winning in the Arena, The Captain and Devil Dinosaur try to force the whereabouts of Bucky from Arcade, but when they fail, The Captain is taken before Doom and Sheriff Strange where he is tasked with taking down the Red King of Greenland, the land of the Hulks.

Eric:
This title is definitely one of the ones that is on the more bizarre side of things happening on Battleworld. We have a Gladiator Captain America, only going by “The Captain”, who is teamed up with Devil Dinosaur in some sort of Roman Arena concept, run by Arcade. But this Captain still has memories fighting side by side with Bucky in a 20th century type war. Then we got the whole Greenland thing. There is a bonus story in the back that explains how Greenland turned into a land populated only by Hulks and Gamma monsters, but we get a pretty good idea that Hulks aren’t the only thing to watch out for, as soon as Captain and Devil arrive. I think it’s probably my favorite of the new titles we got this week.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – The Hulk always works best as a plot point and not as the protagonist, and this gets it spot on. As Eric said ‘The Captain’ is the star of this book, although slightly overshadowed by the giant red T-Rex. This might well be the first Hulk story that I have liked for years.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Secret Wars Battleworld #1 (Battleworld)
Written by Joshua Williamson and Ed Brisson
Art by Mike Henderson, Scott Hepburn, Jordan Boyd and Matt Milla

Synopsis - In our first tale, Frank Castle, who shares his body with Doctor Strange (not Sheriff Strange), is on the run from the Infernal Four, a Battleworld version of the “New” Fantastic Four from the early 90s, for border crossing. In our second tale, M.O.D.O.K. has his master plan foiled by trying to partner with a whole bunch of M.O.D.O.K.’s from all the corners of Battleworld.

Eric:
Once again, we have an Event going on, and this is our “required” Anthology book to go along with it. I’ve stated my feelings about Anthologies in the past so I will just talk about this particular issue instead. I actually liked both stories in this one, which is a change for me. The Punisher story is fun, and the nod to the New Fantastic Four/Secret Defenders team is a nice touch. As to the second story, This is actually a lead-in to the M.O.D.O.K. title coming out next week, and I felt it was really funny. Granted if you aren’t as familiar with how M.O.D.O.K. has been written lately, the humor side of things might not be what you are expecting, but if you want something lighter, with an over the top crazy floating giant head, this looks like it could be the book to choose.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
Wow, this picks up where Spider-Verse left off with anthology books – ones I actually want to read! The Punisher/Logan/Strange story was odd, but interresting and the MODOK one was actually really funny, and I liked the art in it too. Still not the best book out this week, but not a complete failure either.
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Spider-Verse #1 (Warzones)
Written by Mike Costa
Art by Andre Araujo and Rachelle Rosenberg

Synopsis - Gwen Stacy wakes up and finds out she is dead, so is her father an everyone she knew. So why is she still alive and who are those other Spiders?

Etienne:
I’m trying to ignore the whole ‘Secret Wars’ elements of these books because when you look at them as a whole, they are really confusing. However individually, they can be really good. This is a whole bunch of Spider-People last seen in the previous Spider-Verse fighting of Morlun and the Inheritors. Here none of them have any more than a few memories of what went before and they are all trying to be heroes in a world that does not want them and they are being covered up by the Lord of the realm – Norman Ozborne. Doom Bless Ozcorp and Doom Bless America…
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Eric:
See, I thought you would like this title, since it actually acknowledges what came before, even if it’ in a whole, “we remember something but we don’t know what it means” sorta way. Whereas titles like Planet Hulk or A-Force are just throwing connections with the “old world” to the wind. I was not expecting Ozborne to be the Baron (Etienne, they are “Barons” not “Lords”, get with the new status quo)* of this domain, since he had absolutely nothing to do with Spider-Verse, but his connection to Gwen’s death seems to make it make sense. Also, I love the characters they picked to highlight from Spider-Verse, although Steampunk Spider-May would have been cool, too.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

* Editors Note - For the record ‘Lord’ is not a titular rank, it is the group title given to anyone in possession of a Barony or larger estate.

Ultimate End #1 (Battleworld)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna and Justin Ponsor

Synopsis - There are two New Yorks in one place, both the Ultimate and 616 universes have collided and coincide at this one point, but it appears Doom is not happy about it.

Etienne:
I do not care about anything else they do in this comic because they put Emma Frost back in her old costume. THANK YOU! This looks like it might be the most important title outside the main storyline because this is basically the Avengers meet the Ultimates and Spider-Man and the Uncanny X-Men. It seems to be carrying a lot of the New York based storyline and as we all know, that is the only place that matters in the Marvel Universe.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Eric:
Most important, possibly… most confusing, definitely… and your statement of this being the only title that matters because it deals with the main 2 universes, seems premature at best. I know you want some sort of connection to 616 so that you can “connect” with what is going on, and I’ll agree that even though that shouldn’t matter, this title is connected so it, at least, warrants attention to anyone paying attention to the whole Event/Status Quo…. but there are other titles that might start in Secret Wars but will bleed over into the fallout. I think many of the current titles should not be overlooked in there importance to Marvel’s future going forward.
Story – 8/10
Art – 9/10

Deathlok #8
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Mike Perkins and Andy Troy

Synopsis - While the New Deathlok fights for his life against another new Deathlok, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the original Deathlok go after Domino… There are a lot of Deathloks in this.

Eric:
I wanted to like this series, I really did. But outside of Domino’s involvement I just don’t seem to care. I know nothing of the original Deathlok, in fact my biggest connection with the character is the one that joined Uncanny X-Force, who was from the future and such a completely different character then anyone else in this series, they might as well not even be connected. This is what happens when Marvel tries to make the comic world too focused on stuff going on in the MCU.
Story – 4/10
Art – 8/10

Etienne:
Is this not cancelled yet? No seriously, why is this book still in print? Its pretty enough, but about as interesting as watching paint dry. Trying to read this makes me feel like I have the attention span of a child with ADHD, everything around me becomes a distr… SQUIRREL! Sorry, where was I?
Story – 2/10
Art – 9/10

Loki Agent Of Asgard #14 (Last Days of)
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela and Andres Mossa

Synopsis - Loki died. Loki is back, Loki is old, Loki is now a woman. My head hurts, I wonder what can save us, oh I know, a gattling gun…

Etienne:
I’m sorry, what happened to this book? It went weird at the end of the last issue and this one just jumped the shark. The last page is supposed to be dramatic and it just comes off as being some 10 year old’s fantasy, its more appropriate for Axe-Cop than this book. I have to say that this book feels like one that is circling the drain and written with the knowledge that nothing they do will last past the end of this event. Welcome to a summer of ‘What ifs’
Story – 5/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
And yet this issue actually ISN’T a “what If”, but well within continuity, even if it has gone off the deep end. The Freya/Odin thing was way over the top, but come on, let them have some fun with it…. I think my bigger question is why did Loki put a shirt on and become a girl?? and from the storyline, I don’t even think he/she is aware of the change… could this actually be an unexpected lead in for an earlier title on the list.
Story – 8/10
Art – 8/10

Moon Knight #15
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by German Peralta and Dan Brown

Synopsis - Khonshu is a fickle god, he comes and goes as he pleases and withdraws his support for the slightest indiscretion.

Etienne:
This is one of those books where I totally did not see the ending coming. Again I am probably very blind, or read to fast and if I took my time it might be a bit more obvious, however it worked so well. Marc is fighting a Bogey-man, or perhaps that should be THE Bogey-man and he is losing, badly. Without Khonshu’s blessing he resorts to guns and I mean big guns to solve the problem. This is another done in one and it is as good as this series has ever been.
Story – 10/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
While other titles meander around the corpse that is 616 and tell boring filler stories for no reason, Moon Knight delivers. This title has gone through a lot of changes in writers, but everyone of them has come on board with a storyarc to tell. Cullen Bunn is no different and he continues in the vein that this series has set as a precedence. this was a great issue that showed that Marc is his own superhero, with a surprise ending that really fits this series…
Story – 9/10
Art – 8/10

Daredevil #15.1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Synopsis - The autobiography is almost finished, and while Foggy gets his food bribe for writing it, Matt, Kristen and Foggy discuss some of the books content, which results in a couple of flashbacks as the bulk of the issue.

Eric:
What is this? Now we are getting .1 filler issues? What is even the point of a .1 as a filler when Secret Wars is here? I really don’t have much more to say, other then I felt this was a bit of a waste of time.
Story – 1/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
Flashback. .1 issue. Filler. Okay, the .1 issues have worked for Spider-Man but they are back to their usual pointless nature over in this title. Seriously Mark – I expect better from you.
Story – 2/10
Art – 5/10

Wolverines #19
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ariela Kristantina and Sonia Oback

Synopsis - The fight with Sinister rages on, and Mystique tries to manipulate the unexpected situation to work into her overall plan of resurrecting a dear old friend.

Eric:
Take all the craziness that has been going on for the past couple issues, and turn it up a notch. That is how this issue feels. Mystique is getting closer and closer to her endgame, although we, the audience are no closer to figuring out what, exactly, she’s planning, other then what the outcome is that she is trying to achieve. I highly doubt even she is going to get all she’s bargaining for. The art in this issue is at a much more tolerable level again, so I’m guessing Etienne will have a much better clue as to what actually happened this issue.
Story – 8/10
Art – 7/10

Etienne:
Nah, I still have no idea what is going on, mainly because I haven’t been able to follow the previous issues. This one was fine, but it felt like being dropped into a story feet first having missed the previous chapter. I do over exaggerate, but with a story this complex with competing plot-lines and backstabbing characters you really need everything to be as clear as possible. Ah well, I am sure next week will be indecipherable and unfollowable and I will be back to square one…
Story – 7/10
Art – 8/10

Avengers World #21 (Before Time Runs Out/ Final Issue)
Written by Frank Barbiere
Art by Marco Checcehetto and Andres Mossa

Synopsis - The tension between Namor and the Cabal finally comes to a head as Thanos and Namor come to an “understanding” about who is actually in charge. Meanwhile, Sunspot re-ignites the fire inside the Odinson.

Eric:
This is the last issue of Before Time Runs Out, and once again, this series delivers. I have loved both sides of this story, both the building up of the Multiversal Avengers, and the inner look on how Namor is dealing with his decision to form the Cabal. This has been focused on basically all my favorite characters from the entire run of Hickman’s Avengers, and it is a great companion to the main Time Runs Out storyline. And, once again, this looks incredible.
Story – 9/10
Art – 9/10

Etienne:
This has been the most consistent and best Avengers title going, why the heck has it not sold as well? No, wait, I know, its because it doesn’t have Iron Man and Captain America plastered all over the cover. This book has been doing a great job of filling in all the blanks that were going on behind the main storyline and in this we get to see Namor have one last victory before the end, and he deserved all the time he could get because this was an epic last issue.
Story – 9/10
Art – 10/10

Guardians Of The Galaxy #27 (Final Issue)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Valerio Schiti and Jason Keith

Synopsis - The Guardians may have met their match in the form of a living planet. Then again with cosmic powered Gamora anything can happen.

Etienne:
This is still a hold over from the awful series that was Black Vortex and it might explain how Gamora is going to become depowered again, although not it seems how Kitty will be. Spartax is attacked by Chitauri seemingly acting on Thanos’ orders as he tries to get at his daughter. I think the entire Marvel Universe could easily be renamed ‘daddy issues’ and all them could spend some time on Jerry Springer, but I have to say watching that show is a lot more interesting than reading this book.
Story – 4/10
Art – 9/10

Eric:
How did that explain, or hint, at how Gamora become depowered, if that is even going to happen. In fact I think this actually makes things worse from a continuity stand point. It’s things like this that make me happy Secret Wars has wiped it all away. Secondly, you realize that wasn’t Thanos right?? The Chitari weren’t attacking on Thanos’ orders, they were following some guy who has a grudge AGAINST Thanos and anyone related to him. Anyways, this run of Guardians has finally ended, and I for one am relieved. Now let’s hope all these characters are put back they way Bendis found them after Secret Wars, and go find somebodies other toys to play with.
Story – 3/10
Art – 9/10

Uncanny X-Men #34
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Kris Anka and Marte Gracia

Synopsis - Cyclops goes to meet Mystique for a ‘chat’ but not all is as it seems, unsurprisingly for one who can change her shape at will.

Etienne:
I have come to a conclusion that Bendis hates the female X-Men. Honestly with the exception of Magik he has utterly butchered every last one he has had the chance to write over the last few years. Emma Frost has gone from being a key member of the X-Men for over a decade to merely cover art on books she is supposed to star in, but not even in; Dazzler has gone from being a really fun character into a goth-wanna-be-suicidal-nutjob; Kitty Pryde has ended up as a cosmically powered dunce shacked up with Starlord! Jean Grey has been replaced by a younger idiotic version of herself with purple swirly powers; and finally this book locks up Mystique and throws away the key. Bendis – stay away from the X-Men once your run ends, I am starting to wonder if even Remender would do a better job!
Story – 4/10
Art – 8/10

Eric:
So, basically you are saying that Bendis hates most of the core X-Men, then, since it has basically been dominated by women since Claremont’s time. I completely agree with basically 100% of your post. My dip into the first volume of New Avengers has made me realize that Bendis did have some great ideas at the time, but that was then, and the Avengers… He has really butchered the X-Men side of things, and I really can’t wait to see him go. Also, I was half expecting some actual details/closure on the whole Mystique/Xavier thing, since this would have been the perfect opportunity, but no… another dangling thread that some other writer will have to deal with.
Story – 4/10
Art – 8/10

And from a Galaxy Far Far Away…

Star Wars #5
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Cassaday and Laura Martin

Synopsis - Leia is keen to get rid of Han who hangs around like a bad smell, but she needs him to help with one last mission; meanwhile Luke is back on Tatooine and he has company in the form of a green Mandalorian armoured bounty hunter.

Etienne:
It never fails to amaze me how fantastic artists who do both the interiors and the covers end up putting their worst work on the front. This happened all throughout Ribic’s run on Thor: God of Thunder and how Cassaday does some fantastic interior art, but manages to make Han look like he is having a stroke on the cover. However none of that matters as this is probably the best issue of what has been a fantastic series so far. Boba is brutal, Han hilarious and Leia as sarcastic as ever, I really cannot ask for much more.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

Eric:
Etienne said it, this series has hit a nice stride at this point, and just keeps putting out great issue after great issue. Just when you think you’ve read the best issue of the series, the next one comes out and is even better. I don’t know what it is, maybe the stars have aligned or the planets or something, but this is easily becoming the year of Star Wars, with how good all the Marvel titles have been and with the movie on the way, and issues like this one are just adding more fuel to the fire. Boba Fett easily stole the show in this issue, and any Boba fan should not miss this issue.
Story – 10/10
Art – 9/10

May 262015
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale

Issue #1

Bluewater Productions

Written by Marc Shapiro with Art by Felipe Montezinos and Ricardo Ayala

Published: February 2013

Eartha KittacEartha Kitt is may be one of the coolest ladies who ever lived. Seriously, just google her and you’ll find a plethora of fascinating anecdotes from her long and storied career. Her life was full of adventure, and so it makes a strange kind of sense for her to headline her own comic series, especially considering her iconic turn as Catwoman on the 1960s Adam West Batman show. Lest you worry about exploitation, which was admittedly my first thought upon seeing the cover, the comic assures us it has the full blessing of Kitt’s estate.

Despite the name, Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale is really only about Eartha-Kitt-as-Catwoman, which was a bit of a disappointment to me until I remembered just how great she was in that role, blending camp with coquettish charm. It’s just so hard not to like that characterization, as it’s so calculated to be fun and outrageous. Plot-wise, it mimics the campy style of 60s TV with a fair amount of charm and charisma. It’s just so silly that it’s hard not to like it. Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale is also a spin-off of similar titles featuring Adam West and Julie Newmar, so the choice makes sense when you consider they all exist within the same universe.

Art-wise, the comic is bright and colourful, with clean lines and smooth poses. While Eartha herself looks so stylized that you might be remiss to know it was her without all the necessary context cues, it’s nonetheless a cute style that makes for an attractive page overall. It’s just nice to look at—not busy, smooth, and colourful. Again, the emphasis here is on fun.

I enjoyed Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale for the campy nostalgia trip that it was. It’s ultimately nothing more than frothy, forgettable fun, but it’s so much fun that I finished the book grinning, and am infinitely glad I picked it up.

May 252015
 

by Etienne Paul, CMRO Editor

Lady Death

Chaos Rules #1

Coffin Comics

Written by Brian Pulido and Brain Augustyn with Art by Dheeraj Verna and Sabine Rich

Published: May 2015

Lady Death - Chaos Rules 001c This is the book I have been waiting for since I started reading comics as an adult. It comes as no surprise then that this has a lot of pressure on it to succeed and frankly only perfection will suffice. For those that do not know, Lady Death has had a long and frankly bumpy past. She is the creation of Brian Pulido and she single handedly made Chaos! comics the number 1 independent comics publisher of the early 1990′s (I kid you not, I had to check that out myself!)

When I says she had a bumpy past, I am not joking, in a few short years Chaos had gone from being the number one publisher to broke and bankrupt. Selling off their IP, Lady Death was separated from her entire back catalogue of supporting characters, all of whom are now over at Dynamite in a newly relaunched Chaos Comics line. This left their most bankable and marketable character in the hands of a long string of publishing companies – Devils Due, Avatar, Boundless and now finally Coffin Comics. During that time Brian has had anything from complete creative control over her, to being completely cut out, and back in 2012 Boundless dropped him which sent the character into a 3 year absence. If you want to read more about her past, or read more of her back story, then you could do worse than checking out the reading order on the site.

After a long and complicated legal struggle Lady Death was back. Boundless were allowed to publish one last series that tied up all the loose ends of their storyline and then the character was due to be handed back to Brian full time. Lady Death Apocalypse was Boundless’s last stab at the character (and isn’t quite finished yet) and for me was a complete and utter disaster. The term ‘uncanny valley’ is used on computer generated images that are too close to real to look fake, but too fake to look real and frankly it looks appalling. This book was supposed to be a return to the books of the 90′s, but with a modern twist and for the most part it is pretty spot on. Mostly…

I know I have a reputation on this site for reading comics that objectify women and for the most part I am guilty as charged. However in my defence it is not all about the cleavage. I really like a certain art style which I define as very clean, consistent and pretty; each character should look the same from panel to panel, they should be detailed even in distant shots and coloured realistically. It just so happens that this art style is prevalent in two places – DC’s New 52 and ‘cheesecake’ books*. Even though I am heterosexual I still like my male characters too look as good as the female ones, the idea of reading a book where all the women are pretty and the men deformed monstrosities does not appeal. That means that as soon as I saw the Lady Death books I was hooked, not simply because she’s busty and wears a black bikini, but because all the art fitted my taste and then as I read deeper I found a fantastic dark back story.

So, wind forward 10 years of my reading (nearly 25 years since the character first saw print) and after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign** Lady Death is back in the hands of Brian Pulido and I have my hands on one of the first copies of this book. And, I’m just not convinced. This book does a lot of things that I am not keen on, but I can at least understand why they were done from a marketing perspective. The problem is they feel like they are to the detriment of the story and that I am not happy with.

Lady Death awakens from an enforced sleep lasting nearly 2 decades (basically since she was last in-print at Chaos Comics) and the big answer that ties all the series together – it was all a dream! Really? I am sorry, but that is just really cheap, I used that sort of concept when I wrote stories at infant school. I know that he wanted to try and tie all the series together and there probably was not a better way of doing it, but still, as a reader, if feels terribly trite. Anyway, she sets out to reclaim her domain with a new sword – Chaos – which can truly kill the dead and send them to oblivion.

All this leads me onto the art and it is both beautiful and horrid all at the same time. I know Lady Death has always worn exceedingly skimpy clothing, but the way she wakes up is frankly stupid. Her clothes are torn to shreds, but only so much as to still cover her, just. And when I say ‘just’ we are talking about bits of string in all the right places. Is it really necessary? She wears little enough as it is. I actually find that sort of ‘cheat’ more puerile than reading book where she was completely naked. It is done purely for titillation and to cheat some comic code that keeps it off the ‘naughty’ shelf at comics stores.

What I always liked about Lady Death was that she, much like my other favourite female character – Emma Frost – uses her body as a weapon. She uses it to manipulate the weak men around her, but neither of them are sluts, neither of them sleep around for the sake of it, that is until now. I have read every comic ever written that included her and I can confidently say that on panel she has slept with less than 5 people, I think it is actually only 2 or 3 in her entire run. So what happens in this book, she gets naked (saved by the flowing hair!) and bangs a guy in a jail cell. I might be being completely stupid,but it seems to have absolutely no narrative value and again; if it just done as fan-service then be adult about it and don’t have the hair hide her nakedness, it is just a cop out.

In fact that moment onwards is the worst part of this entire comic, the story gets rather confused as in the space of two pages she gets knocked out, but not knocked out, tied up, but not tied up, stabbed, but not stabbed and even after multiple read throughs, I am not certain what actually happened. However it is definitely the low point of what is otherwise still a fantastic book.

I said before that I had high expectations for this book and I will be honest, it did not meet them. However that is not to say this is a bad book, far from it, but it is not all about this one issue, rather more about what it gives us for the future. I expect that nothing they could have published would have given me everything I wanted, such is the way of books or films that have been a long time coming and highly anticipated. There are some truly awful things in this book (and it was all a dream) as well as some frankly really stupid ones (one Kickstarter reward was to have your face in a decapitation scene, but all 6 heads are male, coming off at least two bodies which are female), but overall, this was still a success for me.

The previous issues aside, the art is honestly beautiful (and gross, lets be honest, there is a lot of blood) and the story itself is not bad. This was supposed to tap into the feeling of the 90′s Chaos Lady Death series and on that level, this absolutely hit the nail on the head. The look of the book, the way it reads (including the occasional disconnects) all feel very much like the good old days and the best thing I can say is that Lady Death is back; back in print, back in the hands of her creator and back kicking ass and not bothering to take names.

* Lady Death, Witchblade, Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales, Dynamite comics Dejah Thoris and anything by Stjepan Sejic…

** At the time of publishing this article there is no release date for this book to non-Kickstarter buyers.

May 252015
 

by Lindsay Young, CMRO Contributing Writer

Captain Canuck

Issue #0

Chapter House Comics

Written and Drawn by Ed Brisson, George Freeman and Kalman Andrasofsky

Published: May 2015

Captain KanuckcCaptain Canuck #0, designed as the launching point for a reboot of the 1975 character of the same name, comes in two parts. The first is a short introduction to the characters in a massive action scene that’s practically exploding off the page. The second is a summary of the character’s origin and adventures in an effort to get all readers on the same page.

This is being billed as a “ground-up” reboot Captain Canuck for a contemporary audience. Even so, it leaps right into the action, sparing little time for set-up and exposition in a move that mostly works to the comic’s benefit. You’re thrown right into explosions and pseudo-philosophical theme-setting, which makes for an attention-grabbing opening that’s both exciting and engaging. The characters are introduced fast, but the art and dialogue characterizes them quickly, which manages to get me interested in them from only a few panels and lines. It’s quick, clever work that knows how to hook readers quickly. My only complaint is that, while the secondary characters are interesting right off the bat, Captain Canuck himself is a bit more typical in terms of personality, and a bit harder to pin down.

The second half of the comic is a little less effective. It’s likely unavoidable, but it reads like a cheat sheet for everyone to get caught up, and as such it feels rushed. After such a strong opening, seeing the story laid out (even if it’s to catch readers up) is a bit underwhelming. Still, it’s functional, and it does well to accomplish its main goal of getting all exposition and backstory out on the table.

I was surprised by how intrigued I was by Captain Canuck’s issue #0, and will definitely check out more in the series.

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by Matthew Langlois, CMRO Contributing Writer

Princess Leia

Issue #3

Written by Mark Waid with art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire

Published: May 2015

Princess Leia 003-1cSo far, the worst I’ve come up with to describe this series was that the art lacked definition, and that art has since grown on me, and that it wasn’t as good as the other Star Wars titles being put out, which in itself means nothing about Princess Leia and is more a recognition of the overall quality of Marvel newest line. However, as we hit the mid-point of this 5-issue saga, Princess Leia #3 has handed me reasons to be more critical of the title. A lot more critical!

It has nothing to do with the Dodsons’ art, which is still stunning. At this point, I have to admit that the lack of lines around the faces feels completely normal to me, but I understand that it might rebuff some other comics’ enthusiasts. It is simplistic, it is fluid and most importantly, it fits the general mood of the story-telling.

The problem comes from the story. I usually feel like a limited series should be all about characterization and that the writer should avoid trying to tackle some chain of events which has no way of fitting through the limited amount of pages he is given. Case in point, there is no way they can go and rescue every single Alderaanian cluster in only four issues short of having a complete montage issue with a few panels attributed to every cluster. The amplitude of Leia’s self-imposed mission gives little place for full-on characterization and has force the series to take a cluster-of-the-week approach. Which means almost everything resolves itself during the issue and there is absolutely no tension.

Tension is a necessity in any good comic. It’s what keeps you turning the pages and it’s what makes you buy the following issue. And it doesn’t mean that the characters have to be escaping death every five seconds. It just means that their adventures should seem challenging, or at least more challenging than taking all of five seconds to be confront by a monster and then send him on Imperial troopers. Or more than having every one rally to your cause almost immediately. I mean, why bother painting the cluster as hyper-suspicious and careful if it is to have them become all friendly and trusting by the end of the issue. It must have taken Leia a whole hour to convince them to join her, and that’s counting the attack they had to repel.

All-in-all, I really hope Waid has something up his sleeves for the last two issues because so far this has been way too easy for Leia and Evaan and there is nothing more boring than easy action.

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