Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 08/16/06
week we look through the upcoming releases to offer our two
cents as to what's hot and what's not. You can agree with
us or not, but spend your money wisely.
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of Santa Clara
(ask for Steve, and he'll give you the worst
oatmeal cookie you've ever tasted...)
writer: Bruce Jones
artist: John Watkiss
know why I fight this kind of thing so much. I absolutely
hate it, hate it, hate it, when a new character shows up
with the name of a character I inexplicably love. Yet if
comics companies hadn't done this, we wouldn't have things
like, well, pretty much the entire DC Silver Age.
brings us to Deadman, himself originally a cultish byproduct
of that Silver Age. Vertigo now has the right to the name,
which doesn't mean that Boston Brand doesn't exist anymore;
it just means that somebody else stars in this book.
things seem similar. Instead of Boston Brand, we leap off
into the life of Brandon Cayce. Like Boston, he has a brother
with a strange sense of sibling rivalry, in this case Scott
instead of Cleveland. And of course, there's that whole
thing about being dead.
Bruce Jones, who has been an uneasy fit in the mainstream
DC Universe of late, flies off into his own cool territory
with his Deadman. In the sixties, the story practically
begins with the explanation of how Boston Brand could be
walking around as a ghost; here, Brandon Cayce's life after
life is one of the many mysteries that Jones sets up without
actually frustrating us.
and his brother are pilots, about to be the culprits in
a terrible airline disaster. Brandon, however, keeps jumping
around in time. Is he a kid dreaming that he's a pilot,
or a pilot dreaming that he's still an innocent kid? The
more his mind wanders through his past, the more intriguing
drops a hint that this could be drug-induced, especially
since Brandon's mind/time flights seem to go a little past
the point of his own death. Perhaps it would be too simple
to consider Brandon a sleeping prophet, and at any rate,
like any man, he has to struggle to figure out the meaning
of his life.
after it's over.
up the art chores, John Watkiss maintains the unique style
he had on Trigger. The figure variation, however,
has improved wildly. Though Watkiss has a distinctly modern
touch, his layouts and characters have the feel of the wildest
of DC's 70's horror books, when giants like Alex Toth, Alfredo
Alcala and Nestor Redondo penciled merrily through the darkness.
panicked fans, the new Deadman does not trash the
memory of the old. Instead, it sets out its own new territory,
one we'll want to explore a little further.
we'll see Boston Brand again, but for now, Brandon Cayce
on the Shelves:
#3: It's not just another cool issue, laying out more
conspiracy and pop art than you can shake a stick at. (Don't
shake too hard, though; you've got to keep still and concentrate
when sorting through this book.) Writer Matt Fraction also
explains the genesis of his scripting of the issue, and
it's a good look into the process which may trigger budding
#58: Who doesn't like Zatanna? Well, perhaps not Catwoman,
but she still finds her useful every now and then. Again,
Will Pfeifer got handed a tough assignment, not just following
up a fan favorite run but being forced to undo a lot of
the work done in it. Yet he found a way to turn it around
into a quietly effective new chapter in Selena Kyle's life.
We get another clue as to the father of her baby, but it
could be a red herring.
#16: The horror movie continues. Yes, highly attractive
highly naked women roaming around the forest demanding that
men have intercourse with them can be scary. Let the Luna
Brothers show you why.
Guardian of the Universe #5: Oh, Kyle. We had such hopes
for you. Instead we get inconsistent art, a reminder that
you did have your own small rogues' gallery and …the hopes
that you can go back around the galaxy and say, "oops! 'scuse
me; it was the old evil twin thing." But will that be before
or after you remove the mysterious stick up the Guardians'
tiny blue rears?
#1: If High Fidelity had been more of a fantasy
novel than it was, it might be something like this. It mixes
magic and music, for writer Kieron Gillen intends to prove
that they're the same. Jamie McKelvie's art is clean and
consistent. Not quite flashy, but it definitely captures
the right mood, and the art handles black and white right.
#2: Chaotic but intriguing art barely makes up for a
story that seems to be dancing on parody. But I can't be
sure. Then there's that name - Rokkin! Yeah, dude, barbarically
#14: Jim Valentino keeps going back to this well, but
has anybody noticed? At times simply light fun, then thuddingly
pretentious, Shadowhawk still hasn't quite gelled
into whatever it wants to be. Like The Savage Dragon
and Spawn, it's one that leaves newcomers out in
the cold, but which seems like we should like it more.
Boys #1: Garth Ennis promises to out-Preacher Preacher.
It's too soon to tell if that's a good or bad thing, but
one thing's for certain: fans are excited. So it's definitely
going to be one to pick up and at least thumb through.
#1: Joseph Michael-Linsner draws the Black Cat, and
fanboys everywhere find the blood rushing from their head.
Please let it be for the Black Cat and not Wolverine. We've
got to have some pride left.
Mundi #1: Dark Horse takes over publication on this
cool book that fans of The Da Vinci Code should not
miss - especially since this is a heck of a lot better written.
Story Swear To God #17: Since meeting Tom Beland at
WonderCon this year and feeling like I ought to look at
his book, I'm hooked. It's honest, simple and told so heartbreakingly
well that you'll be hooked, too.
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