In many ways, Tales of Discord plays out like a season of the show Lost. There’s a large ensemble cast and a number of concurrent storylines. There’s a present-day plotline, which is illuminated by flashbacks to the histories and origins of the various major characters. And, most importantly, it’s confusing to follow at times . . . but still addictively entertaining.
I would call Locke and Key Omega #4 a work in transition. Like being a middle child, being one of the middle books in a story arch is a difficult thing to be. You don’t have all the interesting personality hooks and cool nuances of the first book, and you lack the wow factor of the last book.
Do these things make #4 a bad book or the whole series bad? No, it just makes analyzing it a little different.
Lone Star Soul: Invitation is one of those books that sits on the fringes of your perception, yet never wades into the realm of perfect sense. You read it, you read it again, and you retrace your steps, not out of frustration but curiosity. It is liquid and impossible to pin down. Space age, messy, filled with music and poetry, Lone Star Soul is out there, and that's exactly where I want it to be.
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Psychedelic, poetic, and evoking Alice in Wonderland, The Zaucer of Zilk is not for the faint of heart, and trust me, you will need a dictionary. But, if you can stand the rush of color, poetry, and funk, then you are in for one hell of a ride.
The second issue of this mini-series is as fun and engaging as the first. I was mildly concerned at the end of the first that the story might veer in a slightly melodramatic direction, but that hasn’t been the case at all. I titled the 1st review "Hogwarts for Hitmen," equating specialized magical prep school education with training in the killing arts. As the setting is developed, however, it reminds me more than anything of a public high school. It looks like one for a start and while the cliques are organized mercenary clubs, they have that oily sheen of teenage belonging. So, if anything, that setting, along with the serialized nature of comics, makes Five Weapons more easily relatable to a TV show like Boy Meets World or Freaks and Geeks. Except, of course, everybody’s learning how to kill people. Can’t forget that part.
I adore Savage Skullkickers. Love it. It isn’t perfect, but it’s everything I want in a comic book. It’s got a sharp comedic wit, characters who seem to follow their own idiotic personalities to their unfortunate end, and plenty of action to drag the plot along kicking and screaming.
So, read it already.
Judge Dredd Year One is not a typical year one comic; Dredd doesn't suck at his job. This might seem like a silly thing to mention, and longtime Dredd readers will simply shrug and say, “Of course, he doesn’t; he was designed to be good at his job. Do you even Wikipedia, bro?”
All I can say (minor spoilers!) is that I really hope that if I am ever gunned down prematurely by a jealous girlfriend (not likely but well within the scope of the possible), I truly hope that I am brought back by Saint Peter to fight the vertically challenged undead. Who are also circus folk. Carnies. Small hands. Smell like . . . you get it. This is the task set to Garbiel Ehhm of Ehhm Theory.
Everything old is new again. Doctor Who Classics, from IDW Publishing, takes old comics, published in Doctor Who Magazine during the time of the original series, and repackages them for a new generation of Doctor Who fans. Originally printed in black and white, they’ve been colorized and given a slick, new appearance. This first issue contains two adventures of the Seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy on the show), a somewhat mysterious, though capable and determined, incarnation, identifiable by the question mark motif in his attire.
Monster Myths is an interesting comic. I don’t mean to begin by damning it with faint praise when I say that. Interesting is often an adjective cop out used to describe something quirky but sub-par. That isn’t the case here. It’s the farcical story of two neighborhoods, two cultures colliding and the fallout that follows. It’s really interesting.