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

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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

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 1 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceChew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How can you use a noir-type Prohibition setting in modern-day America?

Answer: set it in a world where an avian flu pandemic has led to an amendment outlawing chicken…and where the FDA is suddenly a limitless authority. 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

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Saga’ vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volume 1Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the art a bunch, and generally speaking I prefer black and white to color when there’s inks involved, so that’s saying a lot. The characters came out nice and fluid, and the roughness of the major outlines was quite appealing set against the rest. The colors are nice and vivid where appropriate, and the values are well planned. I’m curious to see what this looks like greyscale, I bet it’s great. Continue reading