Written by Brett Reistroffer
Revival #4 (Image) - Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s kind-of-zombie-but-not-really series has been continuing at a pretty comfortable pace, and the fourth issue keeps up with that. While we don’t necessarily get much closer to the bottom of the ‘revival’ event in Wisconsin where the dead are mysteriously brought back to life, we are treated to some interesting (and of course, bloody) developments, notably reporter May Tao getting a little too close to the action for her own good. The premise of the series is definitely unique and imaginative enough to check out if you haven’t done so already, the first three issues should still be on shelves, although at the end of this issue I can see Tim getting a tad too close to a few overdone conventions. Then again, at this point the story could go almost anywhere, so I’ll reserve my judgement on that for the next few issues. The one thing I don’t think anyone has to worry about is Mike Norton’s art, it’s been pretty consistent and the guy knows how to handle a script as violent as Seeley’s generally are.
Prophet #30 (Image) - This issue of the epic, galaxy ranging sci-fi series sees the paths of an alien assassin and an aged John Prophet cross in the middle of a clan war on a planet that John has a deep and personal history with. The story, as always, is fantastical to an extreme and the series as a whole is a blessing to comic readers like me who find the modern selection of hard (really hard) sci-fi comics to be a bit…lacking. Giannis Milonogiannis’ art is appropriately start and surreal, serving the script very well while being reminiscent of a more classic style.
While the way the books are written almost makes them stand-alone stories in a way, I am hesitant to say that they are necessarily friendly to the casual reader who picks up a random one. Not because any recap is needed, but the nature of the book itself can be a bit intimidating to anyone who is not really into hard sci-fi, due to how far out there the stories are. As for me, I love ‘em and can’t recommend them enough to anyone looking to stretch the creative side of their brain.
Dark Horse Presents #17 (Dark Horse) - There’s a pretty good assortment of stories currently being run in the DHP anthology right now, even though I’d usually recommend it either way.
Though there’s not a lot of first debut chapters in number seventeen, so hopefully you’ve at least somewhat followed along the last few months. I’m still digging Carla Speed McNeil’s cute fantasy Finder’, and is followed in quite a contrast with ‘City of Roses’ which is shaping up to be quite a gritty and readable story. I’ve got to say, as more a side-note than anything, that Sam Kieth drawing an Aliens series just looks cool, but then again I’m a Sam Kieth fan-boy. Another of my all-time artists, Richard Corben, is doing a really cool looking adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Sleeper’. If only Poe was still around, because he and Corben would make one hell of a comic makin’ team. Colin Lorimer’s UXB series is looking pretty cool, and with the second chapter it’s becoming one of my favorites. All in all, Dark Horses anthology is still one of the best you can find on a regular basis, and it’s been a great breeding ground for some great stories. At 80 pages of full-color comics, it’s a must buy for just about any comic reader.
Killogy #1 (IDW) - Alan Robert (IDW’s ‘Crawl to Me’ series, and the bassist/songwriter for Life of Agony) has a pretty cool idea going for Killogy. Namely, the concept of using the likenesses of actual people for the main characters; Marky Romone of the Romones, Brea Grant of Dexter and Heroes, and Frank Vincent of Goodfellas and the Sopranos. Not only is the approach unique, but there’s plenty to be said about the completely oddball pairing. Sure, it’s just a another zombie blood bath comic, but in the severe lack of balance between style and substance, the former just might make this a title to pick up, if for nothing more than the bizarre set-up of this new series. Pick it up if you want some undead gore and over-the-top wise-guy dialogue.
Let’s Play God #1 (IDW) - With one new comic this week already featuring Brea Grant inside its’ pages, I guess it’s only fair to have another feature her outside its’ pages. Brea and her brother Zane Grant script this debut comic from IDW about an all girl punk band caught in the middle of a murder spree. The set up, as far as the mystery isn’t really anything new, but it is just the first issue, so it could literally go anywhere from here. Eric J’s art is sleek where it needs to be, gritty and dark the other times (which will probably be a fairly common thing considering the title’s start). Whether for the murder mystery aspect, or for the blood-spilling, punk rock flavor, this one is probably worth checking out as a debut.