Clown Fatale #4
You’d think a book dedicated to going over the top wouldn’t feel this dull, but Victor Gischler and Maurizio Rosenzweig just can’t elevate this above its wannabe campiness. Amusing enough, for what it is, but Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight delivers better comics around the same idea.
Regular Show: Skips #4
Mad Rupert perfectly nails what makes Regular Show such addictive viewing. It’s a silly book, but then it’s a silly show. Worth reading for fans of the show and a great book for kids.
Protocol: Orphans #4
This espionage book from Michael Alan Nelson and Mariano Navarro wraps up with an action-packed, but rather conventional, final issue. Navarro in particular seems to suffer from the schedule, as the art is a bit more loose and cartoony than it should really be for the tone. In all, not a bad book, but not really one you’re missing out on if you haven’t been following it, either.
Eternal Warrior #6
Greg Pak, Robert Gill, and Victor Olazaba prove that even the toughest warrior has a soft spot for his children. Oh, and also that they’re awesome at telling a story about a guy with a sword fighting giant robots. Really, I should have led with that; either way, it’s a highly entertaining book with smart characterization and great art. Highly recommended.
Astro City #9
Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson continue their Winged Victory arc, one of the smartest looks at feminism and superheroics from a major comics company. Honestly, this is a great read not least because Busiek is unflinching in how he approaches how society would treat Winged Victory and how eagerly it would believe a strong woman is a dangerous one. Highly recommended.
Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen start a new arc with their psychotic hero. Honestly, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but Swierczynski is beginning to lighten this book up just enough to make it darkly funny, fitting in well with Nguyen’s dark, gritty art. Worth picking up for hardcore action fans.
Abe Sapien #10
Mike Mignola and Scott Allie write and Max Fiumara draws a rather sad story about a man who can’t see what’s right in front of his face. This book has always been more contemplative and character-driven than you might expect, and that really pays off, especially with the shorter arcs. Highly recommended.
Star Wars #14
Brian Wood’s two-parter about just how terrifying Vader can be, even when he’s on your side, wraps up. Facundo Percio and Dan Parsons stand in quite well for Carlos D’Anda, although truth be told, this is pretty similar to Dark Horse’s other Vader books in some respects, although the opening dream sequence is superb. And the very ending is a great little piece of storytelling as well. This book is always a pleasure, and highly recommended.
Creepy Quarterly #15
This is worth picking up for Alex DiCampi’s story alone, but it’s got plenty of virtues otherwise. That said, the last story, a reprint, while gorgeously illustrated, is a bit out of place; too much of the negatives of pulp, not enough of the positives. Still, worth picking up for horror fans.
Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry deliver a breather issue in the current arc actually does a lot for the book. For one thing, it’s about teenagers actually acting like teenagers, and for another, it explores Faith and Torque, two of the most fascinating characters in this book. It’s a great read, and highly recommended.
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Dustin Nguyen, and Derek Fridolfs introduce us to the upcoming weekly Batman series, Batman Eternal. Let’s just say we can’t discuss it in-depth without getting into spoilers, but it’s a fairly intriguing setup that answers a few questions even as it poses some new ones. If you’re looking to get on board with Batman Eternal, pick this one up.