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Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis Discuss All-New Miracleman Annual #1

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OUR STORY THUS FAR:  Over a month ago, Alan Moore traveled to Portland to discuss comics with his fellow comics creators.  Today he’s having coffee with Brian Michael Bendis…

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Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis were not involved in the creation of this not-for-profit parody comic strip review of All-New Miracleman Annual #1.  The opinions expressed by the characters above are the opinions of the author, and not the opinions of Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis.

 

Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1

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Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1 is an intriguing story that might not have the right creative team to take it all the way in spite of their impressive credentials. The story takes place far in the past in war torn ancient Europe where the Eternal Warrior is called upon to save what appears to be a just born messiah. While all the pieces are here something just doesn’t add up about it. Peter Milligan is a great writer that has done some profound work on Shade: The Changing Man & X-Force/Static but I got to say the guys seems to be in a rut right now. He’s produced a lot of work in 2014 and I wouldn’t call any of it bad per say but  more like lifeless and stagnant. Something is missing from him and even though I can’t really put my finger on it (because I suck at reviewing you see) I can certainly feel it when I’m reading this along with most of his other work from this year. Artist Cary Nord is talented for sure, he’s done great work in the past and he has some great work here but other parts just seems sloppy. There are some good splash pages and such but far out views of faces or some of the quieter moments fall pretty flat. Eternal Warrior is just a middle of the road comic. Maybe I don’t get it but from where I’m sitting it doesn’t impress and it doesn’t necessarily do anything all that bad either, it’s just a comic. I don’t know about you but I don’t think that’s enough.

Review of The Names #1

JUL140266Katya Walker’s wealthy husband Kevin has apparently committed suicide.  Kevin wouldn’t be the first Wall Street investor to throw himself from a building, but Katya doesn’t believe her husband killed himself, and she’s right.  Kevin was murdered by “The Surgeon”, the mysterious agent of a wealthy, shadowy group known as “The Names”.   Katya receives a posthumous message from her husband that confirms her suspicions, and begins her investigation into Kevin’s death.  Also, The Names seem to be having their own troubles, responding to the chaos caused by something called “The Dark Loops”; The Dark Loops may be more sinister than The Names.

Writer Peter Milligan sets up an intriguing financial conspiracy/techno thriller in the first issue.  Katya is an interesting character who is not the trophy wife that her enemies expect her to be; she is resolute and decisive in her quest for justice.  If the story has a weakness, it’s the manner and speed with which Katya takes action.

However, Milligan does hint that Katya has a background that prepares her to take such action, and this point may be addressed in future issues.  Milligan’s script also provides interesting supporting characters, including Katya’s stepson, an autistic math genius who may have a huge role in future issues.

Artist Leandro Fernandez, with assistance from colorist Chris Peter, deftly renders the action and emotion that the story demands.  The first issue of The Names was an intriguing start to this miniseries and the comic should be of interest to readers that enjoy action thrillers.

Staff Review: Shadowman #15

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I shall admit that I was a little nervous when Valiant first announced that Milligan would be taking over writing duties from Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher. While Jordan and Zircher’s Shadowman may not have been the best of Valiant’s titles, it was consistently good. Milligan, on the other hand, is a writer I have had a mixed experience with over the years. He can be great, but he can also leave me cold.

Three issues into Milligan’s initial arc for Shadowman, I am happy to report that there was little reason to fear. Milligan has taken the characters and mythology that Jordan and Zircher introduced, and spun them in different directions. Shadowman has always been the Valiant title with the darkest tone, the one closest to horror. What Milligan has done is taken those external terrors and internalized them. Jack Boniface is losing control over the loa spirit which is the source of his powers. Instead of managing his anger, he allows the loa to vent it for him. As a result, Jack comes to his senses in alleyways, while at his feet lay people he has beaten to a bloody pulp. Even more disconcerting is the fact that he remembers how, when he was an orphan, he attacked another boy so badly that the boy was crippled for life.

Jack’s inner demons may be literal, but his struggle to overcome them, is something to which any of us can relate. Jack desires to be a better person, to rid himself of these violent tendencies. He even tries confronting the boy from the orphanage, only to be assaulted and chased away. Despite his good intentions, Jack fears that he lacks the ability to reform. He reaches out to Alyssa, who helped train him to be the Shadowman. There is a great sequence in this issue where the two characters talk on the phone, each of them not hearing what the other is saying. Since the beginning of the series, there has been a pull between Jack and Alyssa, which continues to be felt here, along with the frustration of circumstances. Indeed, Alyssa is forced to navigate her own emotional conflicts this issue. In the process, she proves again to be just as compelling a character as the Shadowman himself.

Milligan’s story is matched well by the art of Roberto de la Torre with assistance from Al Barrionuevo and Brian Level. La Torre, who came onto the title with Milligan, soaks Shadowman in a foggy, sinister atmosphere which is simply beautiful. This continues in #15 with the artists creating a unified style, which expertly suits Milligan’s tale of interior traumas. (David Baron and John Rauch also deserve credit for their moody coloring). Together with Milligan they continue to make Shadowman another great series from Valiant.

Cheers.