Comic Book Review: ‘Sex Criminals vol. 1’ by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick  (Sex Criminals #1-5)Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I reviewed the first issue separately here. Checking out the first volume, now, I’m a little bummed that the mock-Lichtenstein style didn’t come over as much as I’d hoped…but this was more than made up for by the introduction of Jon’s story. While Suzie is quiet and withdrawn, Jon uses his special talent to wreak havoc and become a minor deity as far as the local porn store is concerned. His name for ‘The Quiet’ is taken from here, too…and it’s too wonderful to give away. Continue reading

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Comic Book Review: ‘The Pro’ by Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner

The ProThe Pro by Garth Ennis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NSFW, obviously.

The titular character, a member of the “world’s oldest profession,” is given superpowers by an alien who’s made a bet basically saying that anyone can be a hero.

Even a woman who just got stiffed by a john, had a minor argument with the babysitter, and is now bottlefeeding her young son on the toilet with her panties down while the alien’s watching her (and yes, the robot suggests he’s a creeper. ‘Voyeur’ if you insist). Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Saga Vol. 3’ by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 3Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Oh man this series just really hit its stride. In the first two volumes, it was hard to enjoy the central characters as much as, well, every single one of the side characters. Marko’s parents, The Will/Slave Girl/Gwendolyn (and The Stalk foreverr), Prince Robot IV—this one, though, I actually found myself enjoying the main characters’ story. Seeing more of their interactions with other people, instead of the very Romeo & Juliet bubble, was probably why. Continue reading

Comic Book Review: ‘Pretty Deadly’ #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

Pretty Deadly #1Pretty Deadly #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This rating is for the digital edition, although I don’t think it’d be any different for the print, much as I love glossy pages in my hands. ComiXology is decent at formatting, and I read this on my computer so I had the option of full spreads, single pages, and Guided View. The HTML5 reader is decent, if you haven’t tried it yet. Continue reading

Comic Book Review: Hawkeye Vol. 2, Matt Fraction and David Aja

Hawkeye, Vol. 2: Little HitsHawkeye, Vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, this is definitely the volume I’ve been hearing all the hype about. From the creative use of graphics—which does extend beyond ‘Pizza Is My Business’ (aka PIZZA DOG WOO YAY)—to the inclusion of stories that aren’t entirely within the action/adventure genre, the writing is something that people who aren’t fans of superhero comics can enjoy. Continue reading

Comic Book Review: Sex Criminals Issue #1 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Sex Criminals #1: Suzie Down in the QuietSex Criminals #1: Suzie Down in the Quiet by Matt Fraction

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Right from the start, the story justifies its title: you see the police coming for Suzie and her boyfriend, and then they slip into a bathroom to bang…. But wait, let’s rewind for context! Continue reading

Comic Book Review: ‘Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon’ by Matt Fraction & David Aja/Javier Pulido/Alan Davis

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a WeaponHawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I’ve never been into superhero comics, and I think this is more for people who both love the genre and would like to see diversity within it. Of course, the art is nothing like the usual DC/Marvel fare (excepting the ‘Young Avengers’ issue 6 at the end): the style reminds me of newspaper comics more than anything, if I’m going to make a comparison. The lines are pretty thick, you don’t have the constant inundation of detailed musculature/hair/etc. Which gives the story some extra space to breathe, I think. The color palette is more limited, too (flatter tones, namely). Not quite the strict four colors throughout that I’d expected, but when that does happen, it looks great. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Saga Vol. 2’ by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 2Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now that we’ve got the basic setting of intergalactic criminals wanted for the crime of looove out of the way (okay I’m sorry I couldn’t resist, I swear it’s more like Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ than a bad ’80s song), it’s time to learn a bit more about the main characters. Continue reading