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Weekly Comic Reviews - 14 October 2015

Weekly Comic Reviews - 14 October 2015

Ratings out of 5 stars. Comics courtesy of Absolute Comics (Plaza Singapura) except for War Stories #13, Mythic #4 and Singapore Subterranean Grapevine Book 9.

 

Mythic #4

Story: Phil Hester

Art: John McCrea

Image Comics

Released 3 weeks ago, this is still worth hunting down. Phil Hester and John McCrea get back together 10 years after their horror series, The Atheist, for Image Comics. Mythic deals with working class magicians trying to police the mythical world. You know, normal blokes like you and me and working towards our government pension and retirement. (of course, there is no more pension in Singapore, but if you believe in magic…) Imagine BPRD set in Britain and the team knocking back for a pint at the local pub after work, you get an idea of the world of Mythic. John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys) is pretty active recently. Drawing this and also regular partner Garth Ennis’ All-Star Section 8 for DC. Phil Hester is more known for his mainstream superhero work, but this is loads of fun.

(4 stars)

Assassin’s Creed #1

Story: Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery

Art: Neil Edwards

Titan Comics

I first heard about Titan Comics getting the Assassin’s Creed licence from Ubisoft to do the comic book late last year. This is big news for them as the Assassin’s Creed franchise is one of the most popular in the video game industry. Titan Comics has been building its name in doing faithful TV/movie and video game franchises. They are more than Doctor Who and the next one they are putting out is the Heroes comic book. This new Assassin’s Creed storyline will appeal to the fans, and it introduces new character, Charlotte de la Cruz.

(4 stars)

Singapore Subterranean Grapevine Vol 9

Story/Art: Ye Zhen

Self-published

Ye Zhen has been doing his own series of hip hop trash horror zombie kung fu comics since I spotted him at STGCC in 2009. He became a regular and shared booth with Ken Foo and Adrian Teo. He took a break the few years and he was back at this year’s STGCC to launch Vol  9. Still the same weird shi t, lots of kung fun fighting like the HK action comics of yore that I like. The girls are still sexy in their tube top and minis and the men are grotesque. Ye Zhen’s art has improved over the years in the sequential area. It took him almost two years to produce this book. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for the next volume. You can read some of the comics here:

http://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/singapore-subterranean-grapevine-book-9/singapore-mecha-bullet-part-1/viewer?title_no=10563&episode_no=1&fbrefresh=1444726766000

(3.5 stars)

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Story: Brian Michael Bendis

Art: Valerio Schiti

Marvel Comics

The good news is that Brian Michael Bendis returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy, the series which he revived a few years ago which led to the blockbuster Marvel movie last year. The better news is that the writing is still sharp and witty, and we have less of the irritating Bendism this time. Peter Quill, Star-Lord, is having trouble adjusting to be a king and his gf problem with Kitty Pryde continues.  Annihilus and the Queen Brood return as the villains, the Thing joins the Guardians and Groot is still Groot. The art by Valerio Schiti has a cosmic feel and it’s a great cover by Art Adams. Maybe Longshot will join the team soon.

(4 stars)

Spider-Gwen #1

Story: Jason Latour

Art: Robbi Rodriguez

Marvel Comics

The ever popular Spider-Gwen returns. Her first series which lasted 5 issues was just earlier this year. Lots of the blank variant sold as many wanted other artists to do interpretations of Spider-Gwen for them. It’s the hoodie effect. After surviving Secret Wars (volume two of Spider-Verse), Gwen returns with her own series and another number 1 issue with the usual variant covers. In this issue, the Earth-65 universe expands with SHIELD and a female Afro-African Captain America appearing in the last page.

(3 stars)

Chewbacca #1

Story: Gerry Duggan

Art: Phil Noto

Marvel Comics

More Marvel Star Wars madness. This time, it is our favourite Wookie taking the centrestage. Gerry Duggan writes great lines for Chewbacca. Really eloquent, and there is even a soliloquy in the third act of this issue that rivals Shakespeare. Worth the cover price alone for that. Fan favourite Phil Noto’s art completes the package.

(100 credits)

Batman #45

Story: Scott Snyder

Art: Greg Capullo

DC Comics

Jim Gordon as Batman continues. Bruce Wayne is ‘dead’ again after an epic battle with the Joker in the previous story arc, Endgame. Gordon takes over the mantle but now, the Batman is publicly funded and is accountable to the Gotham government. There are more emphasis on the suit and the technology. New villain Mr Bloom makes a terrifying entrance at the end of this issue. Expect more bangs for your buck in the next. Greg Capullo’s art gets better with every issue.

(3.5 stars)

War Stories #13

Story: Garth Ennis

Art: Tomas Aira

Avatar Comics

There are more Garth Ennis titles in recent months and that is always a good thing. Over at DC, he is writing All-Star Section 8 and for Dynamite, he has his first new creator-owned title in two years, A Train Called Love. He also wrote for Marvel, Where Monsters Dwell. But my favourite is still War Stories, a title he started with Vertigo in 2001 and then he brought it to Avatar last year. Now a monthly series, it showcases Ennis’ love for air battle scenes, something we have seen in Battlefields (Night Witches) and Battler Britton.  Tomas Aira’s art is a bit stiff for this series. But the advance pages for the revival of Johnny Red (from the 1970s UK weekly comic, Battle) with art by Keith Burns for Titan Comics look good. So watch out for that.

(3.5 stars)

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