Books From ComicCon:
notes from Mish'al Samman
it. Mish'al has completely beaten me to the punch and started
reviewing some of the Con exclusives or preview books that
he picked up in San Diego. Please take a look, and when you
buy these at your local comics shop, remember Fanboy Planet
the way -- the nifty new planets for the rating systems? Courtesy
of Mish'al, after a 1:30 a.m. text message "what is Saturn
and why do I hate it?"
intriguing reversal on an old story.
story and art: Mike Zagari
the very simple story of Jack and the beanstalk told from
the giant's perspective. Except for the "Fee-Fi-Fo Fum" bit,
this 16 page one-shot really has no dialogue, communicating
everything through its art. Though obviously sympathetic to
the giant, it still leaves much of the interpretation up to
is this book's strong suit, and Zagari brings this about quite
effectively and efficiently. The facial expressions and sketch-like
art are reminiscent of some pieces from Sam Keith's The
Maxx. With the original story being so well-known, it's
not hard to get the general gist of what's going on here,
and not all too difficult to sympathize with the giant, either.
However, it's probably not to be told to the young'uns just
more glum and shorter than I recall Jack and the Beanstalk
being, you may find this book more interesting than otherwise
imagined, for with it comes the giant's own tiny website at
You have to buy the book in order to get yourself into the
secret area that holds conceptual art, script, and some 3D
layouts of the scenes.
this independently published book is due out in September,
you can catch more of Zagari at mikezagari.com,
and in the pages of Reflux by Image Comics. So if
you're into picking up an interesting indie book, check
this one out.
Not as excited as Jean-Claude Van Damme...
writer: Ken Siu-Chong
artist: Alvin Lee
who knows me knows how little I think of zero issues being
important or interesting. However, with Street Fighter
being the big news from Udon Studios at the San Diego ComicCon,
I had to check out the zero issue available at the Image
hard to shake my skepticism that a comic book adaptation of
a video game would be good, yet we have a second #0 that caught
me by surprise (Robotech being the other). Set sometime
before Alpha, the story in #0 is a preview of what
is yet to come.
here on Ryu and his training in Japan, we catch a glimpse
of the now more than ever popular manga style artwork Udon
is particularly bringing to the foreground in American comics.
the cartoon-style coloring and the descriptive narrative brings
out what Street Fighter is all about. This issue sets
the tone as Ryu fights his inner demons to be an honorable
fighter, unlike someone from his master's past, namely Akuma.
hubbub may in fact give the popular game franchise the fandom
beyond the consoles it's been looking for in its past, but
unfortunately lacked in some way or another. The story in
Street Fighter #0 is only ten pages long; the second
half of the book re-introduces some favorite characters from
the Street Fighter universe with a poster shot and
brief bio. Clearly, that leaves a lot more people to be brought
into the future of the book.