This has it all: Lois, Clark, Superman, with the bonus of son Jon, and a great adventure.
Dan Jurgens has a long history writing Superman, and he's inThis has it all: Lois, Clark, Superman, with the bonus of son Jon, and a great adventure.
Dan Jurgens has a long history writing Superman, and he's in fine form here, bringing back a classic version that DC dumped a few years ago in order to give us an unattached muscle-bound frat-boy. This is Superman and Lois at their best, a united team, each doing their best to help the world in different ways.
It's been some years since we've seen this couple, though, and they have a son who, along with the rest of the world, has no idea what his father does in secret. Not wanting to tread on the toes of this world's younger (and very public) Superman, the original operates in secret, but that's getting increasingly harder to do. Adopting the surname of their beloved editor, the Whites live on a farm in California, far from Metropolis. Lois writes investigative books exposing corruption, published anonymously so as not to invite attention from either the corrupt or this world's Lois Lane. Jon is growing up a normal child.
But that's where the trouble begins.
As fun as this book is (and the story is somewhat truncated due to an editorial shift at DC Comics with their Rebirth initiative), the absolute star is artist Lee Weeks. Lee is a solid artist who absolutely knows how to tell a story in pictures, and he shines here. There is never an unclear moment, an off drawing, or any sign of "phoning it in." He works hard and makes it look easy. The details, from forms and faces, settings and mouth-dropping vistas, are extraordinary. This may be the man's finest work to date. [Full disclosure, I roomed with Lee for a time back in art school.]...more
This was a fun bit of fluff, but has no basis in reality or science (which the author freely admits in an end note). In which casFun, But Pure Fantasy
This was a fun bit of fluff, but has no basis in reality or science (which the author freely admits in an end note). In which case, I wish she hadn't taken so much effort to try to explain the "science" and just left everything a mystery, because it really hurt the story, which is written as if intended to be Sci-Fi's next Sharknado.
The author mangled metaphors as if she has a vendetta against them, and needs a better editor/proofreader ("once IN a while," not "once and...," overuse of sentence fragments, and other typos), and (MINOR SPOILER) her one POC was a bit stereotypical and, of course, dies. Her main cast had some nice interplay with each other.
I finished this book but I don't think I'll return for the sequels. YMMV....more
This one's dark and moody, folks, but then, it IS a Punisher story. Butterfly is a hitwoman, and she's writing a bNot Your Feel Good Comic of the Year
This one's dark and moody, folks, but then, it IS a Punisher story. Butterfly is a hitwoman, and she's writing a book about it, using it as a sort of therapy. But that's a problem in her line of work: secrets are best kept undisclosed. The book is a major problem - mostly for anyone who has any contact with it, or Butterfly. This is her story, but Frank Castle is around, too. D'Orazio's story follows in the tradition of some of the classic Spirit stories by Will Eisner and the art is more than fitting. It's not a light romp, it's not a cartoon. It is a punch to the gut and a shot to the head. Hard-boiled underworld story-telling at its finest....more
The early 1990s comics scene was rapidly evolving and devolving. Perpetual bombast became the order of the day for mainstream superheroes, with weightThe early 1990s comics scene was rapidly evolving and devolving. Perpetual bombast became the order of the day for mainstream superheroes, with weightless, sketchy art styles coming into vogue. With the horror of that near-mandatory style the audience was especially subjected to insanely proportioned and posed women, and no one did anything but scowl and grit their teeth.
In the 1980s a black & white publishing boom flooded the marketplace, and while many books were professionally done, or at least had heart to make up for inexperience, there was an insane amount of drek. By 1994 there was such a backlash against b&w comics that made it difficult for even quality series to survive or even debut. One never knew if a series would continue long enough to finish a story.
Into this market came Teri S. Wood's wonderful science fiction epic, Wandering Star. Initially self-published with low key covers, from the very first chapter you could see there was a solid story coming. The artwork didn't have a mainstream polish, and definitely wasn't all lines-and-thongs, it featured a variety of intriguing alien beings and a heroine with natural, realistic proportions. The story of an interstellar war took off, and the characters we came to love forged their relationships in the conflict, politics, prejudice, and tragedies that unfolded. Death is not a gimmick here, but the all too real result of war.
Ms. Wood's personal tale found its most fervent fans and boosters through the pages of the Comics Buyer's Guide, first in reviews, then in letters of comment from readers who concurred. Then a pre-internet viral campaign began. CBG offered short classified ads for free to subscribers and fans began using their free ads to promote Wandering Star. There were issues where it seemed (at least in my memory) there were more free ads for Wandering Star than the other classifieds combined. People who normally would not have bothered submitting anything gleefully supported her efforts and the beloved series’ following grew.
And here we are today, 20 years later, celebrating and enjoying anew this beautiful volume collecting all 21 chapters of the acclaimed graphic novel. Dover has always manufactured quality books; even their paperbacks have stitched signatures that most of today's hardcovers no longer have. The cloth covers under the dust jacket is lovely in itself, and there's a color section with all of the covers and many prints reproduced in sharp quality.
Cheap at twice the price, do yourself a favor and fall into the future of Wandering Star....more
This was an enjoyable read, which I say as someone who didn't care for the setting (I'm just not a circus fan). The characters were engaging and fun,This was an enjoyable read, which I say as someone who didn't care for the setting (I'm just not a circus fan). The characters were engaging and fun, which kept me going, haha! A good mystery with a little romance....more
Funny, funny stuff. Mara Grunbaum is a treasure and she certainly knows her stuff. Best of all, she has a great sense of humor about the world aroundFunny, funny stuff. Mara Grunbaum is a treasure and she certainly knows her stuff. Best of all, she has a great sense of humor about the world around us....more
Both volumes to date have been fun, extremely entertaining. Exodus is where the asshole god comes into his own - and is snarkily skewered by Ms. HunteBoth volumes to date have been fun, extremely entertaining. Exodus is where the asshole god comes into his own - and is snarkily skewered by Ms. Hunter....more