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Lucky or Lie, Burn in the Fire 0

Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark and Sean Philips deliver another crime noir masterpiece! All the elements and narrative structure of the genre are present: a private eye detective (a broken man, looking for a second chance, the classic hero that don't fill the standarts and ironically has only one eye), a sexy blonde client (that aproaches the detective so he can find out her sister's whereabouts) and a terrific mystery (a murder involving a cult, drugs, sex and sins from the past), all that combined ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Smile or I'll take your teeth away 0

This is a story about a bum, called Dan, who has no recollection of his live before the year 2000, who lives as a hired detective of some sorts, retrieving personal objects or doing different errands for his clients, receiving as reward petty cash or even the classic products of beer and sex. Dan is invincible, nothing hurts him at all, he can't bleed, his bones don't break, he's immune to fire and drowning, he eats bullets for breakfast, so he's the kind of guy for hire that can really deliver....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Everybody is the Creep 0

Spinning out of the Dark Horse Presents this mini series (four issues, five if you count # 0, that is a republication of the story published in DHP) talks about a lot of mature and harsh themes, from bullying to drug abuse (in a Dr. House kind of way). The Creep is a portrait of society (sure it's in the 80s but the lesson is timeless) where the real monster, at least in a physical way, is as a victim as all the rest. The Creep isn't necessarily the ugliest one, but how you imagine bad things ab...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

In the pit there's someone who doesn't like you! 0

The title of this series is self explanatory and promise full-filling: Hellboy has been sent to Hell, a notion that followed this character since his debut. Mignola forged Hellboy as someone that would go to Hell, then ascend from it and bring complete desctruction of Earth. His descent to Hell isn't a cozy trip though: he hasn't yet reached Hell itself and the journey is proving to be quite tough, but he's not alone in this road trip. Say whatever you like about Hellboy, but for someone as ugly...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Of Geishas, Poison, Hidden Cities and Conquest 0

The dicotomy (or irony/or contant struggle) in this story is pulsing very strong: at the same time there's a woman in charge of the writing, she isn't afraid of showing a feudal macho-patriarcal Japan society and at the same time women are showed as the weak link as oppose to the male character, there's resistance, there's fight, this contrast is very interesting. The shogun Ryogan is a classic tale of someone looking for his pretty princess but still, in a psychological analysis, is living as a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Giant spiders!! 0

I'm a big critic of Chris Yost, often thinking that he's one of those writers that never reach full potential or that, after showing a good start, fall back under pressure and can't deliver in the end, but if he can keep up the good quality he showed in this first issue, I'll definitely start picking up this series every month!! My biggest concern after ASM # 700 big event/conclusion was how writers would address the new Spider-Man personality, even though Peter Parker somehow is still there: wo...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

This is how you make anthology! 0

I do believe that an important thing in collection/anthology comic books is diversity and though this number shows mores sci-fi and crime/noir related material, it's defiitely still there the spark, the feeling of good material being published that earned this series the Eisner Award last year. There are two debuts in this issue: the first one is the fantastic crime story of X, a vigilante, brought by Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen, about gangsters (old time mafia) being hunt down by this we...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Shooting candidates 0

The feeling I get I as read this series is that Cornell gives with one hand and takes with the other, there are no certainties in this story, just that the main character - the presidential candidate Arcadia - is very important to the aliens (or to whoever is backgrounding them or pretending to be them) and that she won't quit, serving their purposes (but who's purposes??). Ryan Kelly is an amazing artist, but in this issue his art was a little off: the faces were strange, the scenarios weren't ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Time travel's effects 0

There are some artists in the comic book industry that by the single mention of their names mean an instant buy to me, and Jose Ladrönn definitely is one of this people I'm talking about. I first saw his art in the Cable series, written by Joe Casey and been following his work since then. One of the good things about following people you admire is that they have a tendency to work with artists of great caliber, what is the case here. Richard Starkings creates such an terrific atmosphere for this...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Someone's past can kill your future 0

This is another great example of how to mix absurdity, complex multi-reality narrative, confusion, fun and action across the time continuum and also make a great narrative out of it, this issue has Grant Morrison stamp all over it and it's great stuff! We get to see that Ms. Nyxly was a big deal and the whole discovery of Kal's identity (I believe it was in issue three of this series) totally connects with the big scope Morrison was architeting on delivering in this issue and in the next. We get...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Cleaning the streets! 0

Now that Alan Moore has become a villain in the Justice League Dark book, he has another shot of seeing DC taking advantage of another character he wrote so well: talking about the Vigilante, yes a guy in black leather, kicking asses of bad guys on a motor cycle! That's what has become of poor Guy Gardner: ejected from Baltimore Police Department, ejected from the Green Lantern Corps, now he is accomplising his most important wish and desire: crack some heads only using his knucles and intimidat...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Hidrology again? "Where are my children?" 0

Don't get me wrong, but the appeal of this comic book isn't because of the character, isn't because of the plot, isn't because of the writers (though there's a little part here that is valid), no sirs, the fact I'm buying this series from first issue is definitely, 100% because of Mr. J. H. Williams III fantastic, unique and superior art. So, when Trevor McCarthy fills in for him (not critizing the artist), reading this issue was a dred! Also, when you find out that this issue isn't about Batwom...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

little WAVES 0

I don't know if it's the age or bitterness, but I definitely was looking for a different plot as I purchased this "Throne of Atlantis" saga. The notion of someone pulling the Atlantis' and humanity's strings just to force a showdown between these two races long time "forgotten" by one another is weak, boring, old dated and really not interesting at all. As I open the first page I face myself with a submarine scenario, ok that's the premise, but even Ivan Reis' beautiful art had nothing new to ad...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Good bye Cruel World 0

This was perhaps one of the best things Marvel ever published and definitely the best thing I've been reading for the last three years. How Remender said goodbye, even making a joke of "self-indulging yakking" farewell, though this is something I believe of great importance in this business, the recognition, the award, the pad in the back, this is truly what he appears to be: someone that received a shot and seized his opportunity with excellency. Sure, the idea was already there, created by Yos...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A cloud of nanites 0

As this book comes near it's conclusion, it appears the Secret Avengers will not be so secret anymore since the Descendants, leaded by Father, are making a very big move against humanity: basically it's the old concept of let us be or suffer the consequences. I really liked how Remender balances comedy, drama and action in this issue: how he started with the Torch's comparision of Pinochio was genious! Remender has a great talent for assigning the right characters to act together: putting Beast,...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Oh No, it's a Bicycle!! 0

I still don't know clearly where Bendis is trying to get with this first arc story: 1) if this is about mutants - as a collateral damage of the "revolution", the appearence of new mutants - getting to their secondary or tertiary mutantions, causing them to readapt, in a way Bendis is doing a good job, bad a very bad, repetitive execution when regards Cyclops' situation; 2) If the idea of bringing the original X-Men into the present was to show "evil Scott" how far he deviated, again it's a very ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A not so bright start 0

It's a new day for the Avengers, with new threats, larger widespread danger, but the premise is the same. Jonathan Hickman didn't disapointed me in these first two issues of Marvel's Mightiest Heroes, keeping his sci-fi elements, introducing new villains, binging back characters forgotten, integrating non Avengers franchise characters, imprinting a very good pace, balancing interesting dialogues with the right amount of captions, moving foward the narrative with his indistinctive style of loops,...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The price of looting 0

Conan now is a man bound in a ship, he's keeping his promise to Bêlit that, if she ventured in Cymeria with him, he would return and live as a pirate at her side. In this issue, as a new arc story begins, Brian Wood focuses in this aspect, the fact that Bêlit has fear that Conan is growing restless, that he isn't enjoying the sea life, her fear of losing him, also introduces a deadly threat, a disease, an illness, perhaps something magical, it isn't yet explained, just some hint, so there is a m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The sea provides food 0

As the world has gone to an environmental disarrey, bringing down the economy, the political and financial system with it, it's natural that the way of thinking would go to a proportional cataclysmic shift and along with it morals, ethics and beliefs would change too. This is the beauty (the gem) of this book, this game that Wood plays with the beliefs of the Kapital's crew: in a world completely new by disaster, what's the limit, where is the line, can old ideas survive or you must adapt your b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Gods among us 0

In a post apocaliptic scenario where Gods have inherited Earth, a group of reistance from London dicovers a secret and an asset that may turn the tide of the war as they fly to North America in order to kill some Gods. The Gods are super powerful beings that first appeared as benefactors of humanity, but, after realizing humans are dumb and evil, decided to destroy Earth and rule it's debris instead. Rob Williams really sets a good tone in this story, a collection of 2000AD Prog 2006, Progs 1469...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Echoes of humanity 0

A good sci-fi novel has to have certain elements in the plot's structure that I consider vital, such as creativity, coherence and diversity in the theme being told. In this enterprise, Fabien Vehlmann succeeded in delivering a fantastic futuristic story about a multi-cultural extraterrestrial society, guided or arranged in it's differences by a Terran Government. It's not only the diversity in the aliens that amused me very much, but the search that the writer set as a goal for the humans to red...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Warland 0

Note: this is a review of issues 1 to 5 - First Arc Story "The Great Escape" ---- Definitely there is a trend of recreating fairy tales in comic books: we have Fables, Unwritten, even the Zenescope titles, but none of them ventured in fields of pure emotion, sheer courage and deep subtlety as Kurtis J. Wiebe reinvention of Peter Pan. I say emotion, because we are moved by Gilbert's words, the narrator, telling his story of how him, a bunch of orphan kids and Peter, an american boy full of myster...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Daddy issues 0

Glory is definitely Superman meets Batman in this version, mostly because she's this impressive powerful alien, with all the nobility and honor, still has what it takes to make sacrifices and choose that final step, like the killing one (not that Batman would've kill randomnly, it was just a comparission). This is one of the best things about this book: it shows the character Glory as a hedonist, someone that praises Earth and will fight for it's preservation, instead of being an alien who was t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Satanists, movie stars and eternity 0

Beautiful things can be destructive, fatal and often someone's path cannot be changed, no matter how much you try to avoid it or even leave oblivion takes the course of your life, that's the ultimate conclusion of Fatale's second arc story. In this amazing book, where fiction mingles with reality, the aparently "immortal' Josephine faces head on with his persecutor, Hansel: his blindness affected not only his ability for sight, but also tempered with his judgement, because he's so obsessed about...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Family reunion 0

This was a very quiet issue, more focused in the main conundrum of putting together in a relationship two different species that were in war for ages, something that was always quoted but never properly addressed. And if the two main characters Alana and Marko can overcome centuries of war, rage and war, will their folks share the same ability? It's an interesting concept that children often inherit from their parents the hatred or prejudice imbedded in generations, without even being part of th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"Hrrrm" 0

Ponticelli's best issue ever here, he's at the top of this game in this issue, delivering great action, making Frank's journey totally believable, penciling different landscapes and scenarios, also giving the monsters great moves. I liked a lot the dialogues between Velcoro and Frank (or you could say monologues), this was a classical comedy duet. I just didn't quite enjoy Frank's supporting role in this issue, it was like he hadn't nothing to add more than just jumping into danger and getting s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Shining Knight sex revealed 0

The team is in hell and while Lucifer is being played by Etrigan who is being played by the Questing Queen who is being played by Jason Blood who is being played by Etrigan who is being played by Lucifer, Madame Xanadu (who is being played by Etrigan) is desperately trying to save her companions from Hell's tortures and find her and themselves a way out. I really like this intrigue, this endless deceit and betrayall that permeates in this group, so this feelling of "who's betraying who" is very ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Giant Hogweed 0

A good writer is, above all, someone that makes me connect with the character, that, with words, transfers me to the place, both physical and emotional, that the character is living, and Snyder is doing a terrific job here in Swamp Thing. Only now that the character is fully receptive to his real purpose as the savior of the Green, he must leave this place of power and embark in a journey to save the world and his love. His rage, fear, bravery and love, Snyder transmits this all. Differently of ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Constantine without Silk Cuts 0

Though I like Lemire depict of Animal Man, the pace of this issue was so dragged, nothing really happened and I totally understand the reasons, because this issue is right in the middle of the events, working as a bridge to the last issue and the coming one (which I hope will have more action). The thing that bothered me the most is the fact that NOW Arcane wants to kill Buddy: why not when he was vulnerable and weak in the Rot? Also, why spare Maxine, when since the beginning Arcane wanted to s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Kicking the hooves 0

It's the Avengers last mission penned by Bendis, who has left this title after eight years, bringing back to the Marvel Universe a major character. This issue is the conclusion of the Microverse universe and I gotta say this was much better than the New Avengers franchise finale (at least before Marvel Now!). I still don't like the whole Simon "I was wrong, now I'll save the day" Willians returning to rescue Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Giant Man and the missing character. Though the art in this issue w...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Ecologize that! 0

I like first issues just like every other regular guy, especially when the first issue introduces new elements and new experiences to the characters. Interdimensional Cap fits the shoes size perfectly to me. Zola and his children are also great new things to entertain. It's hard not to like a first issue helmed by Rick Remender, a writer that sells gold even when he begins the issue with scenes from the past (and what shocking this was! domestic violence is always traumatic, but like his momma s...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Control your thoughts 0

Rick Remender is the kind of writer that you can always expect something unexpected and he is really delivering incredible, unpredictable and spectacular stuff in this second issue. This happens in a regular/common scene, such as Rogue stealing someone's powers, that's common right?, but he shapes the sequence in an amazing mix of intelligent, funny dialogues with great actions and clever moves. You see unexpected also in Red Skull's origins, Remender picks up the oldest idea in the book and con...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A new beginning for mutants (or not) 0

I remember when X-Men books were about helping young new mutants to learn how to control their powers, but since M Day this has been a distant place for the children of the atom. This new installment brings back this feeling of the X-Men being responsible for helping new mutants on how to control their abilities, though it's unclear of what intention, since the one picking up the new mutants is none other than Cyclops. Summers' initiative of enlisting these new mutants to his cause (also unknown...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The water shall release all 0

Debris is a fantastic post apocaliptic adventure in which humankind is at the brink of extinction and is fighting gigantic mechanical beasts in wastelands, while struggling for food and water. Basically there is only one city left, called "Maiden" and there's a very oganized society living there: a council of chiefs, the workers and the soldiers. This last group is represented by our main character, "Maya", who becomes protector of the city and has to deal with the Colossal and discover a fantas...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Fists of "God" 0

Comic books are great because the paper can accept any ideas, from super heroes to zombies, the infinite is the limit of the authors creativity and imbedded with this "fire of knowledge" I often dwell into different publishers and material, in the constant search for good stories. Humanoids is a great publisher, surprising me more than many times with amazing books and this Crusades HC is no different. Set in the 13th century, this is a story about an elite group of the Catholic Church with a mi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Life from the perspective of robots 0

European science-fiction comics have a unique trait: it's a disturbed mix of technology, ambiguos cultures, incest and sex exploits, all that with high doses of war, blood and overstatement of some ideas that board ridiculous and absurd. The Metabarons is Jodorowsky & Gimenez ultimate allusion and masterpiece of all these concepts, resulting in a story filled with different worlds and universes that have their own cultures, moral conducts, politics, economic and social behaviors. The creativ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Discardia: a prison only imagination can set you free! 0

Note: this is a review of issues 114 to 121!!I'm a big fan of Willingham's Fables, read all the issues and what I admire the most is his ability for delivering excellent dialogues, intricating plots and pulverizing the characters into millions of emotional fragments. I do believe that this 8 part arc story succeeded partialy to mantain this title run as interesting, unfortunately it wasn't as good as Sons of the Empire (issues 52 to 59), The Good Prince (60 to 69) or Witches (86 to 93) and I thi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Animals in armors with blades!! 0

Anthropomorphization has always been a constant in humanity's tales, in parables, in fables, romances and comics too - giving feelings and humanizing creatures, in order to pass along a story, are traits that interest me, a lot, so when I heard that Valerio Schiti was penciling a comic book about animals fighting each other, it was a no brainer to me! Artisticaly speaking, this is Schiti's best work, showing tremendous evolution from his stint in Dungeons & Dragons - Infestations, showing gr...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Avengers on his tail 0

I often wondered what would take for the Avengers or other supergroup to hunt and lock down Frank Castle and it appears this day has arrived (sure, after Castle "killed" Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers went down on him, but this tastes different to me). After being falsely accused of killing those cops, Castle now will have to fight the Avengers. I really enjoyed the pace and dynamics of this story, of how it was Spider-Man that brought up the issue for the group, that they can't no lon...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Magic! Supernatural! Dinner! 0

Unfortunately this title represents all that an Avengers book shouldn't be about, especially because Bendis insists on threading the path of supernatural and long-boring conversations over dinner table. Having a magic background was great when the team was on the run, in the Civil War and Dark Reign series, giving Dr. Strange a more active role, this worked out pretty good, but since the new release of this title (two years ago), this book was almost about magic threats and supernatural problems...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.