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look at some of the best books on the stands, courtesy of Big
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Hey Kids! Comics!
The First #21
writer: Barbara Kesel
artists: Andy Smith and Brad Vancata
reviewed by: Charlie Wentling
his hunt for Seahn, and using a parallel structure Barbara Kesel also
presents more flashbacks to Trenin's hunt for Seahn's mother Tulity.
This is a risky approach, stretching a flashback sequence out over at
least three months when all the readers know exactly how it is going
to end. The story will read better in collected form than it does in
the monthly issues.
Always an uninteresting
character to me, until now I've been hoping that Seahn would get killed
by Trenin. Events take a turn though, and Enson takes a more active
role. Enson is an aspect of the mentor character that appears in every
CrossGen universe series, and so far we haven't seen any limits to his
the Dexter counsel in another subplot that could have repercussions
for the whole CrossGen universe. We don't get to hear her exact request,
but the subject is the sigil-bearers vs. The First. This conflict has
played out in some form in at least half of the CrossGen series. Maybe
Kesel is building towards a radical change in issue #25. The pacing
can be slow at times, almost as if the writers pick out key issues of
the series for things to happen in, and the stuff in between is just
The guest art is
by CrossGen go-to artist Andy Smith. Smith has a good feel for all of
these characters since he inked Bart Sears on them for more than a year.
It's time for Smith to get his own title.
Howard The Duck
#6 Creator's Rights
writer: Steve Gerber
artist: Phil Winslade
Marvel has already
announced that this will pretty much close the book on Howard The Duck
for a while, and appropriately, Gerber does the same thing. After accidentally
sucking on a cosmological cigar, Howard finds himself in Hell, where
he faces down the Supreme Being. As in the best of the title's glory
days, it's really just Howard and Yahweh debating the nature of existence.
And so in this
final issue of the mini-series, Gerber regains the stride that made
his beloved duck a cult figure in the first place. It may be too little,
too late, as most of the previous issues have depended too much on arcane
bits of continuity and cheap shots at the rest of the comics industry
(not to mention the main joke of Howard rarely appearing as a duck -
a bitter jab at Disney that was funny in one panel).
The journey through
the afterlife (and by extension, all reality) is full of focused philosophy,
and this issue could spark stoned discussions all across the country.
Marvel runs a disclaimer at the top, but the content of this issue is
not really as radical as Gerber would have you believe. And that, too,
has always been his strength and weakness.
If you've skipped
the rest of the series, you may still want to pick this issue up. Not
only is Gerber at the top of his game with it, but Winslade's art is
lush and worth going over a few times. In a nice nod, he's included
a guest-shot from Gene Simmons in a dive bar in Hell. While KISS has
always been comic booky (and will have a new series soon), it was actually
in the pages of Howard The Duck that they made their first four-color
writer: Chris Sarracini
artists: James Raiz, Rob Armstrong and Erik Sander
reviewed by Mish'al Samman
One million years
ago. Welcome to the greatest city in the galaxy: CYBERCITY. Village
D-10 in the Mini-Con Sector has been attacked by Evil Transformers called
Decepticons, ruled by an evil dictator. A cry for help is made, and
the Guardians of Cybercity are called for assistance.
attack yet another village on their rampage towards Cybercity, and we
get a glimpse of what monstrosity these evil transformers have become.
Thus the civil war between Autobots and Decepticons begins.
This book serves
as a good intro into what should be a long series. It's the jumping
point into the great war that devastates Cybertron, and establishes
Optimus Prime as the Guardian of Cybercity. So much potential exists
in moving closer to understanding a real legitimate history of The Transformers,
and brings a new perspective to the Constructicons theory, and why it
would be a valid one. Then again, maybe I am the only one who cares.
This book gives me that sense of awe, as flashbacks to the original
series is now in full swing, while still refreshing us with new characters'
Still, one has
to question it is they all have rubber tires in such a technologically
advanced age? There's no question as to how enjoyable this book is,
and wow! the art is just amazingly done. More, please.