Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review: JIMMY'S BASTARDS #2

JIMMY'S BASTARDS No. 2
AFTERSHOCK COMICS – @AfterShockComix

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Garth Ennis
ARTIST: Russ Braun
COLORS: John Kalisz
LETTERS: Rob Steen
COVER: Dave Johnson
22pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2017)

Mature Readers

Created by Garth Ennis and Russ Braun

“Ninety-Nine Percent”

Jimmy's Bastards is a new comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Russ Braun.  Ennis is known for the seminal DC Comics/Vertigo title, Preacher, and for his work on such titles as The Punisher and his controversial creator-owned title, The Boys.  Braun is known for his work on Vertigo titles like Fables, Fairest, and Jack of FablesJohn Kalisz as colorist and Rob Steen as letterer are Ennis and Braun's collaborators on this series.

Jimmy's Bastards focuses on James “Jimmy” Regent, Great Britain's number one super-spy.  He has all the intrigue and adventure he can handle, and he has a license to shoot whomever he likes.  Jimmy has a veritable legion of beautiful and willing women, but his new partner, Nancy McEwan, isn't sold on his charms, though.  Their is also a new threat mounting against Jimmy.

Jimmy's Bastards #2 (“Ninety-Nine Percent”) is enjoying a round of golf with Sir X of MI6 and not-so-much enjoying a round of golf with X's son, Rupert.  Suddenly, there is an attack from Jerry Fokker's crew, but there is something strange about this racist group this time around.  Nancy thinks there is a larger conspiracy.  Maybe, they are both missing the big picture.

After reading the first issue, I thought that the central premise of Jimmy's Bastards was ripe with possibilities.  However, I did not like Jimmy Regent the character, although I think that he is supposed to be a likable unlikable rogue.  Still, he barely registered to me as a character, but he registers, now.

After reading Jimmy's Bastards #2, I find everything about this series more likable.  I think that Jimmy and the conspirators who want to kill him are a lot of cads and clowns, but they will yield comedy gold.  I expect Nancy McEwan to play the straight woman to this mess of idiots.  Now, I am having fun reading this comic book and can't wait for the third issue.

I heartily recommend Jimmy's Bastards to Garth Ennis fans.  I think that he is going to deliver his usual bucket of blood, and artist Russ Braun seems like the perfect artist (this time around) to bring that bucket to comic book life.

7.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: SHORTCAKE CAKE Volume 1

SHORTCAKE CAKE, VOL. 1
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

MANGAKA: suu Morishita
TRANSLATION: Emi Louie-Nishikawa
LETTERING: Inori Fukuda Trant
EDITOR: Nancy Thislethwaite
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0061-5; paperback (August 2018); Rated “T” for “Teen”
176pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK

Short Cake Cake is a shojo manga created by Suu Morishita (or “suu Morishita”).  The manga began serialization in the Japanese manga magazine, Margaret, in 2015.  VIZ Media is publishing the manga in a series of English-language graphic novels, entitled Shortcake Cake.

Shortcake Cake, Vol. 1 (Chapters 1 to 5) introduces Ten Serizawa, a freshmen at Nekochiya High School.  In order to attend the high school, however, Ten has a two-hour commute through the mountains, both ways, every school day.  Ten's friend, Ageha Haruno, suggests that she move into the boarding house where Ageha stays.  If she does move in, Ten will have to contend with three high school boys who, to varying degrees, are attracted to her.

[This volume includes bonus manga and eight pages of cover and chapter-page illustrations.]

In the tradition of Honey So Sweet, the Shortcake Cake manga is a like a warm cup of cocoa.  It does manage to be a bit off-beat as far as shojo high school romances go; the boarding house element is the reason.

Shortcake Cake Graphic Novel Volume 1 introduces a nice cast of six boarding house residents, all of high school age, and also the adult “house mom.”  They are all good characters, and I like that there is a bit of tartness to Ten Serizawa.  I found that each character is different from the other, and while they are familiar high school shojo types, they are interesting, maybe even a little intriguing.  I enjoyed reading this first volume and look forward to the second volume.  I think that Shortcake Cake will reveal a bit more edge in upcoming volumes.

7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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