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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (04/12/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
The Complete Phonogram HC
“The book that first brought us the extraordinary team of Gillen and McKelvie, in one big hardcover.
 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/09/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation …
flash10Flash #10
“When Shade appears in any comic I’m stoked, so his visit to Central City for the new story arc has my full attention. Josh Williamson definitely has the writing chops to do the character justice, and the preview pages from Felipe Watanabe look pretty great.”
 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/10/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Dean’s Recommendations …
688757_all-star-batman-1-romita-variant-coverAll Star Batman #1
“You know why…”
 

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Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original #11 Review

SAMCRO11

By Ollie Masters, Lucas Werneck, Joana Lafuente, Ed Dukeshire, Luca Pizzari

SAMCRO is desperately searching for Jax, even reaching out to a former enemy for help. Jax is in the hands of men ready to kill him for the trouble of holding him captive, and the man who put him there is having second thoughts.  Continue reading Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original #11 Review

Sons Of Anarchy Redwood Original #1 Review

410379._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Ollie Masters, Luca Pizzari, Adam Metcalfe, Ed Dukeshire

S.A.M.C.R.O: Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original. It’s the acronym that fans of Kurt Sutter’s Shakespearian crime drama know well and carries a wide standard to bare for any supplemental material.

BOOM!’s SOA comics went the range of bad to average to brilliant, and that was influenced by how closely the comics followed the canon of the show. It took a long while and a change of writers, but the comic eventually reached the levels that it should’ve been from the get-go. The benefit this series has is that its set before the show began when the canon is very loose on detail. With the title, I found myself hoping the series would detail the founding nine members of SAMCRO after leaving Vietnam but instead, it’s the story of Jax Teller when he was just starting out as a prospect for the Sons.

Ollie Masters crafts a good setting for the story, where Jax’s true love has left and Clay and Gemma have secured control of the club and its operations. Except for Jax’s excessive anger, which is not unbelievable considering the future Jax did seem overly mellow throughout the course of the show, the characters all feel refreshingly true to themselves. Clay is conniving and follows his own beat, Gemma is his shoulder to fall back on, Bobby is the voice of reason and Tig is the voice that says the most disturbing things ever.

The art has a vague Fraction/Aja Hawkeye vibe, with a bold, plupy style but a widely expressive color palate. Greens, reds and oranges all are used on many panels crafting a nice interplay between warm and cool colors. It’s immediately effective in creating a foreground, midground, and background with wide panel crowd scenes while also highlighting the stories main characters. It’s far and away one of the most singular styles I’ve seen in a SOA comic where Pizzari and Metcalfe seem like strong creators in their own right who together work beautifully.

The story is a decent opening to the series until the climax and ending, where the plot takes this crazy left turn which is normal for SOA but if isn’t part of the arc’s story, it feels sudden and unsatisfying.  The issue itself is pretty solid with most of its story and art and it shows a good understanding of the cast and their various idiosyncrasies. The story lacks the gruesome edge in the previous title detailing a spotlight on lesser examined characters, but manages to hew closer to what a typical story of SOA would be. My interest is peaked and as a devoted fan of SAMCRO, I’m always up for more stories starring my favorite band of outlaws.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Review of Snow Blind #1

cby Ollie Masters & Tyler Jenkins

Snow Blind is a beautifully illustrated comic with a lush visual narrative but it’s hampered by weak story telling that does little to endure the reader to it’s debut issue.

Snow Blind is about Teddy, a teenage boy whose family moved him from Louisiana to Alaska an infant. He’s a smart kid whose head is stuck in classic literature with a salt of the earth father who works hard, drinks beer and watches sports. During a BBQ,  Teddy takes a picture of his father passed out with lipstick applied to his face that goes viral. An unidentified assailant attempts to break into the families home and Teddy inadvertently discovers that his parents are in witness protection for reasons not revealed. Teddy begins to follow his father in secret to uncover the mystery of his families origin. Artist Tyler Jenkins continues to be one of the most underrated artists in comics with his rough and angular line style. Unlike his more surrealist style of Neverboy, Jenkins takes it back to the naturalism of Peter Panzerfuast. His background work of Alaska’s barren winter landscape has a casual elegance that makes it look like it’s painted in water color. He is light on detail in his character work but there’s subtlety in his expressions that displays a deceptive emotional intelligence to the art while his movement and layouts for the  bursts of action are as sharp and gripping as ever.

Unfortunately, writer Ollie Masters struggles to create an engaging narrative or endearing character work. Parts of Snow Blind feel silly, the comic actually opens with Teddy getting taken home by the police for breaking into a library. Now  I understand there’s an argument to be made that this is character defining for Teddy in showing how different yet similar he is from his parents. But the problem is that it makes no sense, books from the library are free and Teddy is supposed to be smart, reserved and passive, I get that teens are all sort of dumb by nature but having him get arrested for multiple break in’s at the library just feels silly. Snow Blind is filled with these leaps of logic that while purposeful, don’t really make a lot of sense. It doesn’t help that the story point of the witness protection reveal is pretty well telegraphed long before  it’s entered into the plot. As soon as you find out that the family moved from Louisiana to Alaska inexplicably, the reason why becomes readily apparent and everything following just feels like steps towards the inevitable. These are flaws that ultimately could be forgiven had the character work given the reader something to latch onto but most of the cast never does much of anything outside of Teddy & his father who fail to rise above much more then caricatures of a surly teenager & working class dad.

Snow Blind looks great and has excellent visual story telling but it’s writing feels confused, disjointed and lacking. While there’s certainly potential in the books premise and aesthetic, Masters can’t find his footing in the plot or protaginist and the rest of the product suffers as a consequence.