It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed anything, partially because I haven’t had the time or the inclination for half of the nonsense the industry has been spewing out. And those are two really big problems these days, aren’t they? Too little time and far too many options. So my focus going forward will be in reviewing first issues of new titles in an attempt to inform on what brand new comics are worth your time and money.
Hyperion #1, Marvel, $3.99– Ok, even allowing for long-time fans of Squadron Supreme, this was kind of a long shot for successful sales. Hyperion isn’t exactly the most iconic of Superman analogs and depending on which version of him you get on any given day he’s usually not the most heroic. Still, considering DC isn’t publishing many worthwhile Superman stories these days, I was interested in seeing in seeing what this book was bringing to the table. It’s not a bad start to an oddball mystery, and I really enjoy Nik Virella’s artwork. Ultimately though, it’s a weird offbeat start that ends on a somewhat uninteresting note. Chuck Wendig’s script is solid, but the disproportionate threat of a carny version of Mad Max versus a man who can topple buildings is just sort of……uninspiring, for a first issue at least. So yeah, not bad, but not enough to maintain my interest. B
The Shadow Glass #1, Dark Horse, $3.99– Where the hell did Aly Fell come from? Who is this amazing storyteller? Because this first chapter in this historical horror mystery is an astonishing piece of work. Fell’s strengths in narrative flow, his keen eye for design, and his expressive yet refined anatomy and mastery over clothing textures make this book an aesthetic treat.
As for the story, it’s an engaging supernatural mystery that leaves you curious to discover where Fell is taking the characters. The Lovecraftian tones set in the 1500’s may peak your interest as well if you’re into historical fiction with an eldritch touch. Definitely worth checking out. A
Strayer #1, Aftershock Comics, $3.99– The genre of post-apocalyptic fantasy has been getting filled up a bit lately, so it takes either a truly interesting approach to world building (or world destroying?) or an interesting cast to really make me care anymore. Justin Jordan skims over the backstory of the world to quickly introduce an ambivalent hero and a good chunk of action, and it was a fun read. There’s the usual teasing of a post technological world turned medieval, but it feels like the creative team knows that’s an old hand reveal now and they’re not being too mysterious and their not being heavy handed either, so I appreciate that. Juan Gedeon’s art is crisp and sharp, and it engages the reader through it’s kinetic action. Overall an interesting start, but nothing terribly new either. B+