Writer – Paul Tobin; Artist – Alberto Alburquerque; Colorist – Marissa Louise; Published by Dark Horse Comics
“PENNY POTTER, COMIC BOOK DETECTIVE” – the words were written in bright red ink on the manila envelope that was slid under Penny’s door.
Penny verified that no one was standing outside her office. The after-hours hallway was deserted so she closed the door, then picked up the envelope and walked to her desk. She shook the envelope, and with a hunch about its contents, opened it. Sure enough, it was a comic book, but not one she had seen before.
This week, acclaimed Brazilian creators Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba release their most recent collaboration: Two Brothers. The twin siblings and frequent artistic partners have been steadily rising in acclaim for several years now, both separately (Umbrella Academy,Casanova) and jointly (Daytripper, BPRD: 1947). Two Brothers is arguably their most ambitious project to date: a graphic novel adaptation of the literary novel Dois Irmaos (published in English as The Brothers) by Milton Hatoum. The results are a faithful adaptation which resonates with readers. Continue reading Advance Review: Two Brothers→
Hellboy in Hell #7 – Art and story by Mike Mignola, colors by Dave Stewart, and lettering by Clem Robins
This August, in Hellboy in Hell #7, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first chapter of a two-part story, “The Hounds of Pluto.” The story – written and illustrated by Mike Mignola, with colors by Dave Stewart – continues Hellboy’s infernal afterlife adventures. Although Hellboy in Hell #7 won’t be sold on Earth until late August, advance copies have made their way to Hell, and the comic is all the denizens of that bleak realm can talk about. Here is a sampling of the commentary from Hell:
“Hellboy in Hell #7 continues the posthumous fantasy adventures of Hellboy among the damned. The protagonist finds himself dangerously ill and in the company of kind doctors who – unable to help him – refer him to Dr. Hoffmann. Unfortunately, Dr. Hoffmann is threatened by a vengeful adversary, and Hellboy gets caught up in all the commotion.” – Stultus, Infernal Lord of Unsatisfying SummariesContinue reading Advance Review: Hell is Abuzz about HELLBOY IN HELL #7→
Transference opens with what appears to be an overly familiar narrative sequence. Three espionage agents are driving through France. They are searching for an enigmatic terrorist named Fasad. Team leader Colton is weary of this mission, though. They have no intel on Fasad, while he seems to know way too much about them. This is not how it normally works. Something is askew. So far, so good. We have all seen this type of story play out in one form or another before. Suddenly, though, a commuter train explodes into flames, and Agent Jordon is shouting warnings about preserving the time line. Colton and associates are no longer standard issue spies.
After this prologue, the story flashes back to the present. Moreci gives readers a taste of how Colton normally operates. He has been charged with making sure that an entitled rich man allows his wife to leave him. See, she wishes to pursue her own life, become a heart surgeon, a heart surgeon which one day will save the life of a very important patient. That individual’s life cannot be put in jeopardy. In such a way, Moreci introduces into his story issues of causality, along with questions of destiny. These quandaries only become more pronounced as the narrative continues to unfold. Continue reading Advance Review of Transference #1→
Andrew MacLean’s new graphic novel ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times takes a familiar setting and revives it with fresh energy. The story centers on a woman named Aria, who lives in the ruins of a large city. The advanced civilization which built it is gone, decimated by their violent greed. They squandered every second chance until all that remains is desolation. Now primitive tribes (The Blue Stripes and Grey Beards) continue their legacy not by rebuilding society but by savagely fighting over what habitable land remains. “The life of man [when at war is] solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short” declared Thomas Hobbes over 350 years ago. At times, MacLean’s book does little to debunk Hobbes’ pessimism. Continue reading Advance Review of ApocalyptiGirl→