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Reading Pile: 7/13/13

Quantum and Woody, Young Avengers, Six-Gun Gorilla, & Ballistic

Quantum and Woody #1- So I was pretty much going to dislike this regardless of how well James Asmus and Tom Fowler told the story. There’s too much to measure up to against the previous run, and while Asmus and Fowler don’t tell a horrible story, it feels like a cargo cult attempt to mimic the original. It’s kind of like if you gave Preacher to Rob Liefeld,  Concrete to Jim Lee, Strangers In Paradise to Howard Chaykin, or Watchmen to ANYBODY. There’s a horrible fallacy in logic to attempt to publish a creator orientated series like Quantum & Woody without the original creators in tow. Seriously, Christopher Priest’s unique style of dialogue and humor combined with Mark Bright’s visual translation of those scripts is something to behold and treasure. This…..this is just another superpowers analog in a sea of similar looking trite. The best I can give this book is an uneasy and apathetic meh, but I really want to hate it with more passion. The fact that after all these years I am teased with the return of something I loved but find myself still denied a proper Quantum & Woody comic just depresses me to the point where I can’t hate properly. Thanks Valiant. Thanks for that. D

Young Avengers #7- A pitch perfect book. It feels like Gillen and McKelvie were always meant to work on these characters. It’s funny, has a good sense of drama, balances the characters well, and leaves you wanting for more with every issue. Seriously, well worth the time and money to catch up to series. A

Six-Gun Gorilla #2- Great follow up to the first issue with a nice amount of world building and some character set-up. I’m still loving Jeff Stokely’s artwork like crazy as well. Seriously,  dystopian Big Brother media world meets throwback civil war is a fairly basic trope nowadays thanks to Firefly, but throw in a talking gorilla with massive guns, suicide soldiers who sold their eyes to the Networks, and some decapitation along with a horse conflagration and you got a winner. A

 

Ballistic #1- I’ve never heard of Adam Egypt Mortimer before, so it was the Darick Robertson art that initially drew me in. It’s a very odd mix that feels like they jammed Transmetropolitan in with Nemesis the Warlock, resulting in a techno organic dystopian gangster future. The story revolves around an air conditioner repair man that has aspirations of becoming a key player in the crime scene. He’s accompanied by his talking demonic gun that bonds directly with him and they get into deep shit. It’s sort of like watching a Cronenberg film doused with the spirit of Warren Ellis. I’m down with checking out the next to see where it goes. B