For about two issues, Paper Girls is great. The girls running paper routes are caught up in a strange mystery and they’re just fun to hang out with and watch while things unfold. Cliff Chiang’s art is poppy and fun and everything is going well. And then the Brian K. Vaughan-ness kicks in. Continue reading Paper Girls
A web of dark secrets, shady deals, and unsolved mysteries. The Sheriff of Babylon chronicles the world of post-invasion Baghdad. Chris Henry tries to unravel what happened to one of the men he was training which leads him to Nassir, a local policeman. They eventually work alongside Sofia as they attempt to figure out who killed Henry’s recruit. Continue reading The Sheriff of Babylon
The followup to last year’s inventive Wild’s End, Wild’s End: The Enemy Within chronicles the story of a group of anthropomorphic animals as they attempt to survive an alien invasion. A clear adaptation of War of the Worlds, Wild’s End distinguishes itself by its steampunk alien design and vivid, rich characterizations. Continue reading Wild’s End: The Enemy Within
Alan Moore and Lovecraft sounds like a match made in heaven. His Swamp Thing run coupled with his numerous horror stories mean this material is ripe for a great adaptation. However, the execution is lackluster. Subpar art, muddled storytelling, and unnecessary prose makes for a disappointing book. Continue reading Providence, Act 1
Note: This is a review of the first volume of Kill or Be Killed.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one of the best comic duos working today. From their gritty, warm cast of characters in Criminal, to the noir infused cosmic horror of Fatale, they create visually creative, narratively engaging stories that leverage the full power of the medium. Their latest, Kill or Be Killed, has yet to reach its stride. The characters are there, the book just needs to gain some momentum. Continue reading Kill or Be Killed