The Ballad of Halo Jones is quite a rollercoaster, and despite planning otherwise I ended up riding it over the course of a single afternoon. I was inThe Ballad of Halo Jones is quite a rollercoaster, and despite planning otherwise I ended up riding it over the course of a single afternoon. I was initially very attracted to its cover, but disappointed by the content.. until I read on, and became attached to the characters. The art style too really grew on me, illustrating some wonderful worlds, attractive characters and desirable fashions.
The story is strangely depressing, given that it features a fairly mundane protagonist, some ambitious but relatively unremarkable adventures, and ultimately a depressing end which mirrors that of humanity. Halo Jones is a character who's swept up by the universe she lives in, and deals with it admirably but ultimately makes no conscious impact upon it. She is relatable, complex and surprisingly normal - and I found that strangely refreshing....more
Though it is nicely-presented, and I was attracted by the idea of giving more female comics creators a voice, I was soundly disappointed with WomanthoThough it is nicely-presented, and I was attracted by the idea of giving more female comics creators a voice, I was soundly disappointed with Womanthology. It contains a handful of good stories, but many are simply dire - be it down to the writing, the structure or even the lettering.
To its credit, the book does contain some fairly consistently good artwork, but that wasn't enough to distract me from the very piecemeal nature of its stories. Most of these are no more than 4 pages long, which is no bad thing itself, but as a format it does call for strong and simple messages or narratives, which very few pieces actually delivered. I was alarmed even to see some stories and tropes which had surely been lifted from other media. I feel that the book also lacks any real editing, which would have helped give it an overall purpose. Instead we get quite a jumbled assortment, rather like the results of a game jam. It may be that such an anthology suits other peoples' tastes, but it didn't cater to mine....more
The language is raw and the artwork is gritty, but if there's a better definition of "raypunk" I have yet to find it. Ignition City is a rare combinatThe language is raw and the artwork is gritty, but if there's a better definition of "raypunk" I have yet to find it. Ignition City is a rare combination of dystopia and rayguns, in which rights are wronged by a determined anti-hero rocket pilot. Mary Raven is out for revenge, and she drags her heroes (including the delightfully-named Lightning Bowman) out of their wretched, self-made worlds in order to join her.
This is far removed from the likes of Flash Gordon, and it even sits apart from Rick Remender's Fear Agent - a similar "raypunk" blend of dystopia and gleaming technology which has much more of a personal tale to tell. To be honest, I was initially quite put-off by the comic's tone, and this enforced grittiness is what lands this volume three stars instead of four or five. It still has its charms though, and fans of foul-mouthed heroines will have quite a few good lines to lap up.
I'm not sure that any of the characters are particularly compelling on their own, but the world had enough detail and intrigue to lure me in and keep me. I very much hope that the female characters in particular will develop some dimensions in future volumes, given that both fall into the stereotype of "no-nonsense arse-kicker". Even if they don't though, I think there's enough there in Ignition City to simply enjoy the ride....more
This was my first time reading anything in the Futurama comics series, and it was pretty disappointing. Like The Simpsons before it, these stories plaThis was my first time reading anything in the Futurama comics series, and it was pretty disappointing. Like The Simpsons before it, these stories place familiar characters into gently amusing - but often quite strung-out - situations, with an admirable nod to a few of the more obscure characters and phenomena featured in that original show. There always seems to be at least one story wich leaves me feeling terribly uncomfortable though, and in this case it's issue 4's "DOOP the Right Thing". This rather unsubtle parody of the Vietnam War, coupled with an unfortunate and disturbing plot arc for Zapp Brannigan, put me ill at ease and entirely unwilling to seek out the next volume.
Worth a try, and the first story was fairly good, but I'm not sure even die-hard fans of the show can really enjoy this....more
'I've not read much "Dan Dare" yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. The storyline is simple but enjoyable, as raypunk stuff tends to be; the art'I've not read much "Dan Dare" yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed this volume. The storyline is simple but enjoyable, as raypunk stuff tends to be; the art is deliciously detailed, though. Seeing the vast panoramas of Phantos and Cryptos rendered in such vibrant colours makes this a very impressive comic to behold. Its ending is pretty gripping, too - a right cliffhanger - but thankfully I found "Reign of the Robots" in my local library at the same time as finding this.
The only aspects which I didn't really appreciate were the disappearance of "Flamer" and the entirety of Lero's previous adventure with Dan Dare and his friends. This is simply because I've not read that previous volume.'...more
There are some nice rarities in here, and the photographs are just as illuminating as I would have hoped, however I didn't think anything much of theThere are some nice rarities in here, and the photographs are just as illuminating as I would have hoped, however I didn't think anything much of the writing, even down to the captions. The book seems to be pitched at readers who are 60 years and older, who collect this sort of toy from their childhood. The language is strangely coarse and flippant, however, so I found it best simply to enjoy the photographs....more
Well, that was disappointing - not so much because of anything the book did, because it has some fun moments - but more because of its complete lack oWell, that was disappointing - not so much because of anything the book did, because it has some fun moments - but more because of its complete lack of character, appealing plot or detail (in anything but the Barsoomians' customs, which manage to all sound entirely contrived to suit plot points at that moment). A classic this is not....more