Saturday, June 30, 2007

More free stuff

On Free Comic Book Day, my flatmate also got some comics. We didn't coordinate, so we didn't come away with 20 unique books, but there's still a few more to read. So I have.

First up, Last Blood. This book starts off with murky art, but it is underwater so that makes sense. But then when it exists the water, it is still dark and murky even in what should be bright sunlight during a summer day at the beach. The reproduction didn't help any since the art would be sharp on one page and blurry on the next. Maybe if I was part of the "everyone" who likes zombie stories I would love it anyway, but I'm not.

Next Salvador/Hunter's Moon flip book. Some being falls from the sky. It's mysterious, but not quite curious enough. Powerful man gets stuck with his kid for the weekend, but his girlfriend doesn't want to go on his little camping trip anyway so the kid gets stuck with it. He's not excited either. It stops before any conflict that might serve as a hook, though it tries to hint at some with the cover picture.

Then there's Jack the Lantern. This just served to confuse me. There's a bunch of demons running around that may or may not be just inside this guy's head, but they seem to have bad consequences for other people. At the end of the piece the reader meets a demon with a silly bit of training and his grotesquely drawn sister who must be the actual bad guys for the story.

Next Worlds of Aspen 2. This is teasing 4 different books, the third selection is the sequel to the first selection. There's something fundamentally wrong about marketing the books together like this. It's all fluffy fantasy with pretty pictures and bright colors. My flatmate liked this best, particularly Soulfire and particularly not Fathom. Which is too bad because Fathom seems to be on endless sale at Milehigh Comics.

Also Justice League of America. This hops through time, generally in mid-sentence, made confusing by the presence of ads. I'm not exactly used to a comic with ads in it and wasn't sure if they signaled the start of something new or just broke up the story so it wasn't as pleasant to read. When the scene changes drastically because there's been a time jump, this is even less clear. Overall this seemed to be a summary of sorts alluding to a dozen different stories that I felt like I was supposed to know already from having read the hundreds of books that make them up. And Batman was in moments brawn and no brain followed by being asked to be the detective anyway which I just can't abide by.

Finally there's Viper Comics Presents 2. This is decidedly the best in the bunch. The first Sasquatch story seems to know how to just have fun, though they second one has... problems. The rest didn't really capture my attention except for a vague offended feeling for the Underworld Railroad.

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