The Royals: Masters Of War #2
Rob Williams and Simon Coleby continue their story of superpowered royals and WWII with the arrival of Japan to the party. It’s an interesting alternate take on history, but it has a problem in that the real people, like Churchill and FDR, are more compelling than its main characters. But it’s still something different, and more interesting than you might expect.
Si Spurrier and Rock He-Kim’s gritty and smart-assed team book continues to be far funnier than it needs to be. Spurrier focuses this issue on Cable, what he’s thinking, and how he acts, and furthermore gives him what might be the most bad-ass monologue the character’s ever gotten as he tells off all the various mutant factions. It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, and it’s got a lot of mysteries in the background. Highly recommended.
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela, Ryan Sook, and Drew Johnson have a lot going on in this issue, as Ghost crashes a demon party, the White City Ripper crashes a house, and, well, lots of plot threads are up in the air. It’s certainly not lacking for speed, but it does feel a bit overstuffed. Still, it’s a fun, gory read, and great for fans of horror and superheroes.
Matt Kindt and CAFU kick off a new arc in this team book that’s got more than a taste of James Bond to it. But it’s a welcome taste, and Kindt shows a taste for deadpan humor here that really elevates this book into something special. This is a new arc, so if you like action-packed team books, now’s the time to get on board.
The Fox #5
J.M. DeMatteis and Dean Haspiel wrap up this miniseries with a tale that’s something we don’t often see in comics these days: An earnest, hopeful story about getting past our differences and working together. Yeah, it sounds corny, but Haspiel’s frothy art and DeMatteis’ understatement pay off a story that’s been building for four issues damn near perfectly. It’s comics like they used to be, but better. Highly recommended.
The Star Wars #6
J.W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew’s adaptation of Lucas’ first draft of Star Wars somehow gets even weirder, which is a hell of an achievement in of itself, but wait until you see what this book has coming. Leaving aside the fact that it’s Bizarro World Star Wars, this is a fast-paced and agreeable pulp action book well worth reading, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.
Red Team #7
Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak end their action-noir series with a bang. Overall, this has been highly impressed both in how restrained Ennis’s writing has been (well, for Ennis, at least), and how focused it’s been over seven issues. If you’re a fan of noir, this is well worth picking up.