Comics

Mind Capsules – For Monday the 7th of October

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Lost Vegas TPB (Image, 2013)

Jim McCann brings us a book about an interstellar gambling planet and a simultaneous prison break.  It was a good little story but slowly paced, perhaps too much so.  Janet Lee draws the book and while the art is interesting it seems an ill fit.  Her character design is really good but it created a bit of a disconnect as sometimes it was hard to take the book seriously.  The characters themselves were interesting as well as the premise of the book, but due to pacing and an odd choice for artist; it just did not work as well as it should have.

3 out of 5

Kookaburra K (Marvel-Soleil, 2009)

Good sci-fi tale from French publisher Soleil.  The art from Humberto Ramos is excellent and is probably the best he has ever done.  Every line is clean and the colours are bright and make the art pop right off the page.  There are a lot of big ideas – world-ending in fact and there is a lot of big action, but sadly the story falls a bit flat. Due to poor transitions between time periods and a cast that is too large with the focus split too much between them, the series started out meandering a little but got better by the end.  Would have been a top-notch title if it could have centered itself a bit better at the start but because it did not do so, made it hard to get into.

3 out of 5

Buzzkill #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

Buzzkill delivers a great first issue of a four issue series from Dark Horse comics with a fantastic premise about a hero whose powers only work unless he is either drunk or high.  Intriguing to say the least with great art by Geoff Shaw and a story by Donny Cates.  Leaves you wanting more which is what a good series should do.

4.5 out of 5

The Shadow Now #1 (Dynamite, 2013)

Dynamite brings us an excellent take on a classic character, namely the Shadow, operating in modern day.  David Liss takes Lamont Cranston out of the golden age and moves him forward to our time to face the menace of Shiwan Khan.  Not only does Liss bring him into current times, he brings the original Shadow who has survived the many years through techniques he learned in the mystical city of Shamballa.  The problem with Cranston deciding to return to the world is the fact that it is no longer the 1930s.  Everything has changed and he not only feels it, he is having a hard time trying to survive it.  Colten Worley provides some beautiful art to accompany Liss’ great story and this book’s future seems to be bright under their guidance.

4.5 out of 5

Kiss Me Satan #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

Kiss Me Satan is a brand new werewolf comic to hit the stands by Victor Gischler and Juan Ferreyra and is a great new addition to the Dark Horse horror line.  It is not a wholly original book, nor does it feature very many groundbreaking concepts but it is entertaining and very well done.  The integration of witches into the werewolf society is a nice touch, even if they do not remain so, and Gischler makes use of clans as he did in his Marvel work which works really well here.  The artwork by Ferreyra is great – clean, smooth and expressive and a perfect fit for a book if there ever was one.  One can only hope that this series is only the first of such and leads to an ongoing.

4.5 out of 5

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