Every now and then someone comes up with an idea that's so perfect that you are torn between awe and jealously that you didn't happen to think of it fEvery now and then someone comes up with an idea that's so perfect that you are torn between awe and jealously that you didn't happen to think of it first. The concept behind The Private Eye is one of those ideas.
In the future The Cloud "bursts" sending all of our personal data- from medical records to google searches- out into the world. Lives are destroyed (not to mention the internet) and the public responds by embracing the concept of anonymity to an extreme level. Once you hit adulthood, everyone has a secret identity, complete with masks and costumes.
Yeah, it's a pretty brilliant idea for a comic book.
And fortunately, with Brian K Vaughan at the helm, The Private Eye goes beyond a brilliant idea to a really good story. Here, he tells a classic Noir story in a unique sci-fi setting, expertly mixing both the familiar and the new. Marcos Martin's artwork style reminds me a bit of Javier Pulido's (who's work I loved on She Hulk) in the fact that it almost has this flatness to it, but it still comes across as very dynamic.
If there's one thing that's holding this comic back, it's the fact that we're used to seeing brilliant work from Brian K Vaughan. So while the characters are engaging, the setting is unique and vibrant, and the story is really solid (not to mention really adult! Stop bringing Brian K Vaughan's work to the laundry mat Nancy! People look at you weird!), I did find myself constantly comparing it to Saga where the characters are MORE engaging, the setting MORE unique, and the story simply stellar.
Weird nitpicks aside; The Private Eye is a great selection if you're in the mood for an appealing sci-fi noir with great artwork. I know that this is part of Vaughan's new self publishing project (the comics are originally published online), and I will be checking out their future releases as a result of enjoying this one....more
Volume 3 of Captain Marvel has to deal with two of them. There is a single issue from the Black Vortex, a crossover so painfullyUgh. Crossover events.
Volume 3 of Captain Marvel has to deal with two of them. There is a single issue from the Black Vortex, a crossover so painfully bad that I ended up dropping Guardians of the Galaxy and All New X-men from my pull list completely. And the issue presented here is clearly from the middle of the crossover, meaning you don't get to see the beginning or the end, making you wonder why it's here in the first place. The second crossover events that impacts this volume is Secret Wars, which set to start right after the final issue of this comic, the final issue of DeConnicks run. As a result, things need to be wrapped up quite quickly, and they end up feeling rather rushed. So while Alis Volat Propriis has a bunch of nice moments, it doesn't feel like a proper finale, for Carol or for DeConnick.
No complaints about the art though. David Lopez does a great job....more
After recently finishing Edmonson and Noto's really solid run on Black Widow, I decided to go into the past and check out some of the older comics. AnAfter recently finishing Edmonson and Noto's really solid run on Black Widow, I decided to go into the past and check out some of the older comics. And well... reading this has made me appreciate the Edmonson/Noto run even more.
In Deadly Origin Black Widow discovers that she has been infected with nanites, that have then infected everyone she's ever hooked up with, and is causing them serious problems. Not only does this storyline have a weird, almost slut shame-y vibe to it, but it has the side effect of making Natasha's own comic more about the men in her life before finally getting around to Natasha herself. On top of that, it's not even particularly compellingly told, with the weird flash back structure feeling choppy for the first several issues. The artwork featured here is mixed. There's a really unique style to the flashbacks that I quite liked, but I found the present day art to be pretty mediocre.
I am quite glad I got this one from the library, and did not spend my own money on it. I must say, if this is the quality of storytelling Black Widow has gotten before, it's no wonder she's had such a hard time getting a comic off the ground....more