Just three issues this week under the gun, so there’s no excuse not to read the whole post! Unless you cant read. And in that case you don’t know what the heck I just wrote.
Creepy Comics #16
Various Artists and writers
Over the last several months, I have really enjoyed CREEPY. The throw back nostalgia for Tales of the Crypt REALLY resonates with me. So looking at the cover for CREEPY no. 16, I was pumped… however, the image on the cover never appeared in the book. No big deal… that happens all the time with these books. This issue featured an internet site that leads to death, a relationship with a clockwork corpse, a goofy look at Lovecraft, a father son story that repeats the mistakes of the past.
These short tales of terror are one shots and need nothing further.
I couldn’t get into this issue. I mean, it was still entertaining, but it felt well worn. That being said, like a musical artist when they release an album that isn’t your favorite, you just have to go “well… the next one will be better.” There isn’t anything particularly wrong with this issue of CREEPY, but it just didn’t grab me with it’s tentacles like it normally does. I would still recommend this issue to anyone that hasn’t read CREEPY before. The art is fantastic and the tales are on key, but it was just missing something minor that didn’t put that final nail in the coffin for me.
Star Wars #16
Script Brian Wood
Pencils Stepháne Créty
Not being a huge fan of the Star Wars books, I may not be as easy on one of Dark Horse’s flagship books. Normally the issues are packed full of classic creatures with supped up features and other testosterone filled ray guns of joy… But these Star Wars issues have been quite pleasurable to read. This issue takes place between Episodes IV and V and show the start of the Rebels entrance into Hoth. There are some classic characters thrown in here, but they aren’t just doing the same old thing. For instance, Leia is actually fixing an X-wing… didn’t know she could do that. There are a couple new ideas in the way of Imperial freight carriers and the like and some new things for long fans of the series.
I like Brian Woods approach to Star Wars. He focuses on the Micro storytelling and lets things breath. He’s got great patience and allows the world to develop on it’s own (or what we already know of it to be drawn out), and doesn’t need to cram things down our throats. For fans of Star Wars that haven’t had a chance to check out these issues, pick up any of the Brian Wood’s written books. He’s got your favorite characters doing cool stuff without breaking their spirit.
Story: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Eric Nguyen
To recap, X is a mercenary/ vigilante with a flair for the dark. He’s partnered up with a journalist, and some well-meaning cops. He’s made a lot of enemies… This is the issue where that house of cards starts to tumble. The issue is entitled 21 days and from the get go the countdown begins. The Journalist is captured and X is breaking bones and faces until he finds her. All the while the journalist is being tortured by people that WANT to be found by the one-eyed-avenger.
This was an amazing issue. So much has been jammed into this issue of X that I can’t believe Swierczynski has room for many more issues. I’m not going to spoil anything, but this is how vigilante books should be written. I don’t think X has any special powers, but he’s got grit… and grit doesn’t get you very far in a numbers game. The pacing and Art in this issue is fantastic. Nguyen gives so much dynamic emotion in key panels, that X is a great book just to pick up and look at. I hope this book comes out as a trade, because it really is a spectacular look at a Batman type book. This would NOT be an issue to start on as it’s definitely wrapping up as many loose ends as possible. However, do not miss this book.