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Buy These Comics! July 1, 2009

Posted on 26 June 2009 by LoryGil

chew02_cover Chew #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: John Layman, Artist: Rob Guillory

This comic is so good that I have to write about it for issue #2 even though I already wrote about it a month ago. The day Chew #1 was released I didn’t make it to the comic shop. To my chagrin, by the time I went-a-looking, it was already sold out. Luckily, my dear friend, and the owner of World’s Best Comics, had saved himself a copy. With his heart of gold, Dave handed me his only remaining copy, the one he had saved for himself. I fell “in like” with this comic immediately. It is sure to be added to my list of must-haves. Chew is a clever, light-hearted story about a detective with a strangely intriguing attribute. He is clairvoyant through things he eats. I’m sure you get the cannibalistic idea. Writer John Layman incorporates CSI style crime stories with quirky and witty dialogue of, say… Lost. The 2nd printing of the first issue is also coming out next week, so you can catch up without a problem.

Greek Street #1 (Vertigo Comics) greek-street

Writer: Peter Milligan , Artist: Davide Gianfelice, Cover: Kako

In the vein of the Leo Dicap remake of Romeo and Julliet, Greek Street is a reimagining of tales of old, set in a modern world, complete with strippers and gangs. It opens with a summary of the history of Greek Theatre and follows up with a page-by-page character list. This is not your kid-friendly comic. There is a whole lotta sex, a whole lotta violence and a whole lotta fun. Writer Peter Milligan might be best known for his painfully realistic comic, Skin, about a skinhead with a birth defect called phocomelia that was caused by a morning sickness pill (that part is real). Although based less on reality and more on screenplay, Greek Streets is right up Milligan’s dark and depressing alley. Artist Davide Gianfelice is the artist for Brian Wood’s Northlanders and his style lends itself to the gritty, violent world of Ancient Greece. If you like tragedy, dirty secrets and detective mystery, than this book will make you stab you brother and have sex with your mom. Not really. Just get it.

marvel-divas Marvel Divas #1 (Marvel Comics)

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Artist: J. Scott Campbell

Remember last week when I wrote about Gotham City Sirens being a fanboy’s dream-come-true? Well, Marvel Divas is a response to DC’s girl-party. I guess my review created a feeding frenzy of frothing female-fantasy finders. Marvel is kicking chick-chic off with a couple of b-list ladies who have a jealousy chip on their’ shoulders. Now, I know that writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wants to think he understands us. But guess what dude? Not all women hate other hot women. That is a myth, created by the ad industry to get us to buy useless crap. All stereo-typing aside, this is a super team adventure complete with epic battle scenes. I think I also mentioned that I have girl-power tattooed on my butthole and love anything that gives Mother Nature’s better half a chance in the spotlight. This comic is a bit more Sex In The City and a bit less Charlie’s Angels, but it is about women fighting crime, none the less, and therefore, one to buy.

Y The Last Man #1: Special Edition (Vertigo Comics) y-the-last-man

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Artist: Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Cover: JG Jones

The entire 60-issue run of Y the Last Man has already come and gone and, to be honest, I never picked up a single issue. Not because it looked dumb or anything. If fact, I was very interested, but by the time I found out about it, there seemed like a lot of back issues to catch up on, and I wasn’t sure I was ready for the commitment. Well boys, get out your grandma’s wedding ring, because the commitment train has just arrived. Not only can you pick up a re-issue of the elusive first comic, but you can get all 40 fun-filled pages for only a buck. Now, that is what I call a bargain. If you don’t already know the plot, it is about a plague that kills every living thing with a Y-chromosome except one man and his pet monkey. It’s highly post-apocalyptic and filled with imaginary and original adventures. For those of you who, like me, put off buying this comic, here is your chance to give it a try, see if it feels right, take it for a test drive.

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Buy These Comics. June 24, 2009

Posted on 19 June 2009 by LoryGil

This is a bare-bones review this week. Got the new iPhone. Can’t put it down. Must get apps.

cleanersThe Cleaners #4 (Dark Horse Comics)

Writers: Mark Wheaton & Joshua Hale Fialkov , Artist: Rashan Ekedal

This is a very weird and excitingly original story full of creepy serial killers and somewhat demented detectives. Showtime’s Dexter has nothing on this Hematolagnian. The Cleaners has just a hint of supernaturalism, implications of a vampire-esque baddy develop throughout the arch, while still basing itself on realistic characters and even mundane dinner conversations. Writers Mark Wheaton and Joshua Hale Fiakov are able to draw you in with incredible suspense. Artist Rashan Ekedal depicts the life of the cleaners with just the right amount of detail. Issue #4 starts a new arch for the team of special CSI agents, and I’ll have to admit that some new stuff has come to light that puts a remarkable unnerving twist on the already mind-blowingly bizarre crime caper. This comic is a mix of gritty realism and scary unrealism and it’s perfect for anyone who reads true-crime stories and liked 30 Days of night (in comic or movie form).

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