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The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (of 4) — Writer/Artist: Eric Powell Powell toggles between two modes for this title: edgy, Harvey Kurtzman-like slapstick, and grim, dark-as-night horror. The grim, in ascendance during the last mini-series, reaches full force here, as a drunken, grieving and dangerous Goon kills a couple of people (who deserve it), rips an arm off one of his friends (who doesn’t, although he has a couple of extra to spare), and spirals down into a revengeful, suicidal haze. Depressing as hell, but very very well done, with Powell’s art and script telling an efficient, … Continue reading
This was another week with lots of first issues (I haven’t done the math, but it seems like more new titles have started this year, from all kinds of different publishers, than in a long time), so let’s start with the indy/creator-owned ones, usually the most interesting: Spread #1 — Writer: Justin Jordan; Art: Kyle Strahm This is a post-apocalyptic tale, but not with zombies or vampires: it involves carnivorous space plants (like Day of the Triffids, but on steroids, since the plants — the “Spread” — have variations that can run and fly, and can possess/infect people). There are … Continue reading
She-Hulk #5 — Writer: Charles Soule; Art: Ron Wimberly Captain Marvel #4 — Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick; Art: David Lopez Lumberjanes #3 — Writers: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis; Art: Brook Allen Bee and Puppycat #2 — Writers: Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson; Art: Natasha Allegri Four comics this week starring women — two superhero and two cartoony/kid-oriented. Superhero first: both of the offerings here stand out because neither emphasizes the adolescent-male-fantasy demographic of, say, DC’s “Bombshell” covers; these are fully-realized characters, not shallow shells. She-Hulk has the most interesting — and maybe divisive — art, as fans may miss normal … Continue reading