It’s October, a month made for thrills and chills. Scary movies are a dime a dozen, but good ones are harder to find. Good scary comics are even more rare. We’ll save you the trouble and give ten single issues that are sure to disturb and linger in your psyche all the way to November. Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten Halloween Special: The Best Single Issue Horror Comics
In a press release, DC Comics has announced that they will be restructuring their Vertigo imprint and have let go of Vice President & Executive Editor Shelly Bond who replaced Veritgo founder Karen Berger when she stepped away from the imprint in 2012. Press release below Continue reading Shelly Bond No Longer Running Vertigo
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On one hand New Romancer is a fun, interesting and relevant comic. On the other hand it feels cluttered, jumpy and distant. New Romancer is another Vertigo #1 to come out before the new year. I’ve been impressed with many of the books and New Romancer was actually one of the most anticipated of the bunch. Unfortunately I was not left with the satisfying feeling that so many of the other number ones have given me. There are definitely some funny concepts in here and a few solid jokes, but it seems to be at the expense of character development and plot direction.
The premise of the comic is that computer programmer Lexy, who has been fired by a large software company, is working for a small dating website and tampering with the idea of setting up fake profiles of historic characters with built in A.I. so it feels like you are actually chatting and flirting with these characters. Sounds lonely and sad. Which is what it is supposed to sound like. Lexy is herself, lonely and sad. She is obsessed with historical poets, which fuels her project with the company New Romancer. Lexy has stolen some A.I. software from her old company Incubator to make her vision possible. As she is putting the finishing touches on the A.I. for the dating website, a solar flare storm hits the city and the A.I. gets transferred into a few deceased bodies. Lexy is pumped because she is actually going to get to meet the man of her dreams, Lord Byron. Turns out the man of her dreams is a misogynistic horn dog. He ends up leaving her in the street as he hops in a convertible with some hot babes.
The book has a lot of promise. The concept of a lonely computer programmer “mad sciencing” her dream guy from the 1800’s and him turning out to be a jerk. It is the slightly raunchier, slightly more dangerous Kate and Leopold. What missed me was the choppy plot delivery and the shallow character work. After the first issue I should have a good sense of the book, but I don’t know what could possibly be coming in the next issues. I have no idea where they could take this plot for it to be interesting enough to carry a series. I’m not sure why Lexy was making this program for New Romancer in the first place, it sounds like a terrible idea and nothing was really said from her hard ass boss, except for if she doesn’t get her work done everyone is fired. What really has me confused is the calmness of all the characters. Why isn’t Lexy freaking out that she seemingly brought a dead poet to life and why isn’t Lord Byron concerned about this. He seems to be taking things pretty well for a guy who was just displaced through time and space. I do not feel like I know Lexy or Byron by the end of this, plus Byron is a dick so I really don’t care about him. The lack of character depth and plot development will be the reason I do not pick up the next issue. If this sounds interesting to you, by all means give it a shot, but it missed me too many times.
I’m not sure what to think of Jacked. It is Wanted meets Limitless except for one problem, it isn’t unique enough and therefore doesn’t match up to those titles. It is a decent comic with some funny pages, but there is nothing that makes it stand out. Eric Kripke, creator of the hit show Supernatural, paces the story very well. While John Higgins brings a terrific Steve Dillon like style of art to the book. There is really nothing “wrong” with this comic, but in a terrific week of books, it doesn’t stand out.
The story flows like that of a television show or a movie. It’s fast paced and gets into the conflict immediately. The main character Josh is what we would call “a loser”. He is a middle aged man sporting the middle aged man’s body. To go along with his bad back, enlarged prostate and hemorrhoids, he has no job and no hope of getting one any time soon. Josh has boring sex with his wife and spends most of his afternoons taking himself on a “J” date instead of brushing up on his interview skills. Like I said, the guy is a loser. But, here is where Eric hits you with a little character depth. Josh is stuck in a vicious cycle. He wants to be that man his wife married; he wants to be the great dad his kids look up to. Josh can tell his wife has lost respect for him and when that happens, good luck finding respect for yourself. The want to be a better man is strong inside Josh, but the scars of rejection and the mundane keeps the drive low as he crawls through his lackluster life.
One night surfing the net, Josh finds a drug that can turn things around. It’s a drug that will help him focus so he can finally nail one of these interviews. His drug of choice is “Jacked”. It comes in the mail, he takes a pill and after a psychedelic trip he finds the strength to save a man from a burning car. The drug doesn’t just make him focused, it seems to give him an incredible strength. No matter how much of a loser Josh is, we can’t help but cheer for the guy. But, you know what they say? With great power comes the burning desire for more power. This drug has the potential to turn Josh’s life around, but it is suggested he runs into a few speed bumps along the way.
Jacked #1 is a very good introduction for Kripke and Higgins. The art is top notch and the characterization of Josh and his family is spot on. Unfortunately it is all just too familiar and doesn’t bring anything new and exciting to the table.
“The time has come” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: of murder and drugs – and pyromaniacs – of fire and sex consuming”
When I finished Slash and Burn I did something I rarely do; I flipped to the front of the book and started again. More about that later. Spencer, Dunbar and Parks have crafted a mysterious and creepy opening issue of the newest Vertigo title Slash and Burn. The story of a pyromaniac, Rosheen Hayes, who works for the Blucher city fire department. Talk about conflict of interest. With hints of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler and orchestrated on-scene crime investigations, mirroring Willem Dafoe’s character in Boondock Saints, Slash and Burn drives the intensity high and the morality low. Boondock Saints turned out to be a huge cult classic; Slash and Burn has all the elements to do the same.
Why did I flip back to the beginning of the book? Spencer throws you right into the mind of Rosheen and being a pyromaniac, her mind is a little bit warped. I got the idea at the beginning that Rosheen is somewhat of a femme fatale. However, after reaching the final page, I realized the entire time I thought she was talking about a guy, she was actually talking about fire. She begins the issue describing a fire as not her type, a premature ejaculation of a fire. Not what she is looking for at her stage in life. After proclaiming in the first line of the book that she is a murderer, I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that the fires in Blucher North Dakota have gone up in number since her arrival to the department. This girl is obsessed with fire, and she describes it in a way a nymphomaniac would describe a potential sexual partner. Rosheen Hayes is a pyro-nympho. Brilliant! Don’t be alarmed if her description of a fire gets you hot, or if you find yourself fueled by a lighter, she can be very convincing.
Max Dunbar and Ande Parks make a beautiful comic. The art on this baby is top notch. The clean line work allows for the uncontrollable fires to stand out and look mesmerizing, as a real fire is. Rosheen is not only one of the most interesting characters of the new Vertigo #1’s but she is also one of the best looking thanks to Dunbar and Parks. That chunky blonde hair is pretty hot. Another fantastic looking book with an extremely compelling story from Vertigo. Chalk up a win for Spencer, Dunbar and Parks, then burn the classroom down.
Slash and Burn answer the question, “Is that a lighter in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”
Oh, and there is a Walrus that is of extreme importance!