Thursday, December 31, 2015

Food Wars: Diamond Generation

I read Food Wars!, Vol. 9: Shokugeki no Soma

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: FLESH OF WHITE #1

FLESH OF WHITE No. 1
INVERSE PRESS

[This review originally appeared on Patreon.]

WRITER: Erica J. Heflin
ARTIST: Amanda Rachels
24pp, Color, $3.99 (February 2013)

Flesh of White is a comic book series created by writer Erica J. Heflin (Zenescope Entertainment's Wonderland and Grayhaven Comics’ The Gathering) and drawn by artist Amanda Rachels (Arcana Studios’ The Book).  The series is set in the the African nation of Tanzania.

Flesh of White #1 introduces a young Tanzanian couple who lives in the village of WasandoIdi is a conscientious father and farmer, and Rehema is a wife and doting mother.  They recently celebrated the birth of a son, Kwasi, but his birth has brought unanticipated fears.  Kwasi was born with albinism, which is problematic, as he and his parents live in a part of Tanzania where fear guides the actions of men and superstition directs their lives.  A scheming Witch Doctor desires little Kwasi's flesh, and he has sent The Harvester to obtain it.

Writer Erica J. Heflin offers a most intriguing concept in Flesh of White, and the setting, rural Tanzania, is filled with a sense of mystery and wonder.   Artist Amanda Rachels has a drawing style that seems more appropriate for children's comics instead of a comic book that features graphic depictions of brutal violence.  Yet Rachels' compositions strengthen the depictions of emotion, whether these emotions are happy and sad or are peaceful and violent, making the storytelling seem immediate and urgent.

Heflin and Rachels make a good team.  They come together and fashion Flesh of White into something that is intriguing and magical.  If DC Comics published comic books featuring genuine African characters, then, Flesh of White would be a Vertigo book.  Left to their own devices, however, Heflin and Rachels are free to create a comic book of magic, real and simulated, that is truly unique.

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Review: DUSK Chapter 1

DUSK CHAPTER 1

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

CREATORS: Brandon Gary and Jason Bienvenu
STORY: Brandon Gary
LAYOUTS: Brandon Gary
ART: Jason Bienvenu
COLORS: Jason Bienvenu
LETTERS: Brandon Gary
LOGO: Jason Bienvenu
32pp, Color, $5.00 U.S. (June 2015)

Dusk is a comic book series created by writer Brandon Gary and artist Jason Bienvenu.  A science fiction series, Dusk is set in the distant future and finds humanity engaged in interstellar space travel and colonization.  The narrative takes place on the newly colonized world of Lunaris Seven, an unusual planet that does not rotate or orbit the sun, thus having one side that is permanently dark and the other permanently light.

Dusk Chapter 1 opens as a teenage girl, Kaitlyn, arrives in Dusk, a city that is built on the edge of Lunaris Seven's light and dark.  She has arrived to live with her older sister, Christina, and the reunion goes well in light of a recent family tragedy.

Meanwhile, Detective Eddie Hizaki and Detective Neil Weathers of the Lunaris Seven Police Department (L7PD) are investigating a series of a child disappearances.  Hizaki and Weathers' partnership is an uneasy one, as each detective disagrees with the other about the fate of the children.  Circumstances bring these four people together, as they discover the reach of the criminal element living in the shadows of Dusk.

I am a little familiar with the work of Jason Bienvenu, who wrote and drew the six-issue comic book miniseries, The Kingdom, which was published by Comix Tribe.  [I reviewed the first issue for the website @ComicBookBin.]  During the recent Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, Louisiana (October 17-18, 2015), I discovered that Bienvenu and writer Brandon Gray had a table in the vendor's gallery, where they were promoting their comic book projects.  Wanting to support local comics creators, I decided to sample Dusk because it was a collaborative project by the two.  Plus, I was attracted to striking image and vivid coloring on the cover of Dusk Chapter 1.

First, I want to say that Bienvenu has improved as an artist since The Kingdom.  His compositions are stronger, and his figure drawing expresses emotion and mood, which is good for the story.  Working from Gray's layouts, Bienvenu uses graphic design and color to create an eye-catching storytelling package that makes me want to read this comic book.

I like the manner in which Gray uses science fiction as a basic template by which he plays out the dramas of characters seemingly from different genres:  Kaitlyn and Christina (family melodrama) and Hizaki and Weathers (cop drama).  This keeps the story from being trapped in the tropes of one particular genre or sub-genre, but that method especially emphasizes the sense of the unknown in this narrative.  Discovering and unraveling secrets is what makes the reader at least consider coming back for the second chapter or next installment.  And I am quite interested returning to the intriguing Dusk.

https://duskthecomic.wordpress.com/

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Friday, December 25, 2015

I Reads You Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from I Reads You.  Joy to the reading world!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review: CHEWBACCA #1

CHEWBACCA No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Gerry Duggan
ART: Phil Noto
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
COVER: Phil Noto
VARIANT COVERS:  Ariel Olivetti; Gabriele Dell'Otto; Alex Ross; Skottie Young
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2015)

Rated T

“Part I”

Since Marvel Comics starting publishing Star Wars comic books again, they have already produced two character miniseries that each focus on a classic character from the original Star Wars movie trilogy.  The two series, Princess Leia and Lando, were both five-issue miniseries.

The latest one miniseries focuses on Han Solo's longtime friend and co-pilot, the Wookie, Chewbacca,  aka “Chewie.”  Entitled Chewbacca (of course), the five-issue miniseries is written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) and drawn and colored by Phil Noto (Black Widow), with letters by Joe Caramagna.

Chewbacca #1 (“Part 1”) is set directly after the events depicted in the original film, Star Wars (1977).  Chewie is on an important and personal secret mission when his spacecraft malfunctions, stranding him on the planet, Andelm-4.  He is trying to procure the “flight stabilizer” he needs for his ship, when he becomes ensnared in a young native girl's problem.  Her name is Zarro, and her father, Arrax, is in trouble with a powerful crime boss-type.  As Chewie and the Zarro come to an understanding, their problems are actually getting bigger.

A Chewbacca comic book can only work when a comic book writer understands how to take advantage of Chewie's expressive nature and also understand how to play a character that is like a force of nature.  The comic book artist will have to be able to depict Chewbacca's physicality in a way that expresses both the extremes and the ranges of his emotions.

After one issue, Gerry Duggan seems to be that writer, and Phil Noto seems to be that artist.  Noto's distinctive style correctly sets Chewbacca as distinct from the rest of Marvel's Star Wars titles without making it estranged from them.  Duggan offers up a playful and sly Chewie to balance the dangerous Wookie whose “heavy” and destructive side will be needed for him to be the hero.

I am as yet unsure about Zarro.  She could be an attractive heroine or an annoying spunky type or she could be the victim slash damsel.  I hope Duggan gives her fight.  It looks like Chewbacca will be another Star Wars character miniseries hit.

A-

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review: Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (OGN)

HUNTER S. THOMPSON'S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS – @topshelfcomix

CARTOONIST: Troy Little – @meanwhilestudio
STORY: Hunters S. Thompson (his novel)
EDITORS: Ted Adams and Denton J. Tipton
ISBN: 978-1-60309-375-0; hardcover (October 2015)
176pp, Color, $24.99 U.S.

Mature readers (16+)

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream first saw life as a two-art series for Rolling Stone magazine in 1971.  It was published as a book  (with illustrations by Ralph Steadman)  in 1972 and has gone onto be considered one of the most important American novels ever published.

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a full-color graphic novel adaptation of Thompson's novel.  The graphic novel is the creation of Eisner-nominated comic book creator and writer-artist, Troy Little (Chiaroscuro).  The original novel is influential; its adaptation by Troy Little is a masterwork.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke (Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego), and Duke's attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they travel to Las Vegas.  This story is based on two actual trips to Las Vegas that Thompson took with his attorney, the Chicano activist, Oscar Zeta Acosta, who becomes Dr. Gonzo in the story.

In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Duke and Gonzo are initially in Las Vegas to cover “The Mint 400,” an off-road race for motorcycles and dune buggies that apparently offers the richest prize or purse for the winners.  The second Las Vegas assignment is a request by Rolling Stone for Duke to write a 50 thousand word piece about a four-day seminar by the National Conference of District Attorneys.

Along the way, Duke and Gonzo descend into a haze from their drug and alcohol-fueled bender.  Duke searches for the American dream and ruminates on the failure of the 1960s counter-culture movement.  After crashing a drug-enforcement conference, racking-up large room-service bills, and wrecking two hotel rooms, however, both men will discover that it is difficult to leave Las Vegas.

As a former journalism student, I have heard of Hunter S. Thompson, of course.  He was the gold-standard and a legend to fellow students, but to me, he was just another famous White journalist upon whose altar I was supposed to worship.  I have never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, although I have had vague plans to do so for over two decades.  I had seen him on television several times before he died, and I have read at least one piece written by him.  Perhaps, I have read more, but I don't remember any of it.

I know Thompson best by the most famous parody of him, “Uncle Duke,” the character in Doonesbury, Gary Trudeau's long-running satirical daily newspaper comic strip.  I am familiar with the movie adaptations of Thompson's work, but have not seen those films.  So, when Top Shelf Productions sent me a copy of their graphic novel adaptation, Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I did not know what I was going to do.  I considered ignoring it and not reading it, but Top Shelf has always been cool with recognizing me as someone they want to review their books.

Of course, I should have had more faith in them.  This book is an absolute blast to read.  It is one of the best comic books of 2015, and I consider it a tremendous achievement on writer-artist Troy Little's part.  Readers who admire comic books as more than just escapist entertainment, and thus, are always on the lookout for standout material, should read Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

The graphical storytelling, in particularly the art and illustrations of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the comic book, focuses on Duke and Gonzo's supernatural consumption of drugs, alcohol, and an amazing array of mind-altering substances.  Little's cartoon recreation of Duke and Gonzo's mother-of-all-Vegas-benders is the most beautiful depiction of debauched substance abuse that I have seen since I first watched director Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (2000).

The vivid and spectacular colors bring the hallucinations and the claustrophobic cafes, conference rooms, and hotel rooms to life.  Little's drawing style for this graphic novel is similar to the kind of drawing styles used by political cartoonists, which works quite well when the story engages the characters.  The political styling connects Raoul Duke's political and social examinations to the main body of the narrative, which is about Duke and Dr. Gonzo's madness.

I think that if the book has a fault, it is that the political and social ruminations are relegated to exposition in caption boxes.  The art mainly focuses on the insanity of and the savage humor in Duke and Gonzo's interactions with drugs and with other people.  Because I loved the glorious madness of Duke and Gonzo's demented Vegas adventures, I really don't want to find fault with anything, so if you want to believe that this graphic novel is not perfect, there you go...  I was genuinely sad when I got to the last page of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  I guess I'll have to start reading it again.

A+

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Star Wars LANDO #5

LANDO No. 5
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Charles Soule
ART: Alex Maleev
COLORS: Paul Mounts
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
COVER: Alex Maleev
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2015)

Rated T

“Part V”

Lando Calrissian, the first Star Wars character portrayed onscreen by a Black man (Oscar-nominated actor, Billy Dee Williams), got his first solo comic book series in the year 2015... yeah.  After a cumulative three decades of Star Wars comic books, no Lando, no Black man.  The title, launched early this past summer, was Lando, written by Charles Soule, drawn by Alex Maleev, colored by Paul Mounts, and lettered by Joe Caramagna.  You can't have everything, as they say; no African-American comics creators participated in Lando's creation.  Sigh.

Lando begins with gambler, hustler, ladies' man, businessman, etc., Lando Calrissian, trying to pay off a huge past debt.  Lando and his longtime cohort, Lobot, led a team of alien clone warriors, Aleksin and Pavol, and antiquity specialist, Sava Korin Pers, in the heist of “The Imperialis,” an Imperial Luxury yacht.  What they did not know is that the yacht is the personal property of Emperor Palpatine, and it contains a treasure horde of Jedi and Sith artifacts.  Meanwhile, the Emperor sends bounty hunter, Chanath Cha, to deal with the situation.  She has past with Lando and Lobot...

As Lando #5 (“Part V”) opens, Lando is trying to make a deal with Chanath, while she prepares to blow up the Imperialis.  He is desperate to help the grievously injured Lobot and also still salvage something from this heist.  Deals will be made, but the people who turn out to be loyal and those who turn out to be backstabbers will surprise Lando.

After reading Lando #1, I was pleased with the art by Alex Maleev.  I found that, in terms of design and graphic style, the comic book looked like The Empire Strikes Back.  For me, Alex Maleev's art on Lando recalled the work of legendary comic book artist, Al Williamson, who drew Marvel Comics' six-issue adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back (published in issues #39 to 44 of Marvel's original Star Wars comic book series).  Even colorist Paul Mounts seemed to have The Empire Strikes Back's color palette in mind as he colored Maleev's original art for Lando #1.  Nothing has changed.  To the end, Lando is still a great looking comic book.

As for Charles Soule's story and script for the first issue, I thought there was potential for an excellent Star Wars comic book.  Indeed, it has worked out that way.  In fact, the heist has many exciting twists and turns that had me eagerly awaiting each issue.  I always read Lando first on new comics day.

I think Soule also presented an exceptional character study of Lando, creating the complex and fascinating guy we've always known to be there behind what we were given in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (1983).  Relatively speaking, there wasn't much depicted onscreen about his personality (beyond his guile and beguiling ways), nor was there much about his hopes, dreams, and inner demons.  Soule gave that to us with Lando.  I hope we get more.  No fan of Star Wars comic books should miss Lando.

A

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: White #1

CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Jeph Loeb
ART: Tim Sale
COLORS: Dave Stewart
LETTERS: Comicraft's Richard Starkings
COVER: Tim Sale
VARIANT COVERS: Tim Sale; Skottie Young
60pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (November 2015)

Rated “T+”

Captain America created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

“You Can't Take it With You”

Captain America is a Marvel comics superhero. He was created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover dated:  March 1941), which was published by Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics.  Captain America had a sidekick named James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes.  The original Bucky was created by Simon and Kirby and also first appeared in Captain America Comics #1.

Captain America: White is a five-issue miniseries written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale.  The series follows the World War II-era adventures of Captain America and Bucky.  Captain America: White is part of Loeb and Sale's “Marvel Color” series, a group of comic book miniseries which present an intimate portrait of some of Marvel Comics' greatest characters during their early years.  Previous installments in this series include, Spider-Man: Blue, Daredevil: Yellow, and Hulk: Gray.

Captain America: White #1 (“You Can't Take it With You”) opens during Captain America's first meeting with the Avengers, after he was “defrosted,” which was originally depicted in The Avengers #4 (cover dated:  March 1964).  A conversation with Nick Fury, with whom Cap fought during WWII, turns his mind back to the war and to his partner, Bucky, believed to be dead.  The Captain remembers how, as Steve Rogers, he trained James Buchanan Barnes, which led to him being Captain America's partner, “Bucky.”  Captain America remembers that, as his bond with Bucky strengthened, he began to worry about the danger their missions posed for his dear, younger partner.

I did not know about Captain America: White until I saw a listing for it in the Diamond Distributors' new release list the week the first issue shipped.  I was even more surprised to discover that Captain America: White #1 reprinted the contents of Captain America: White #0, which I obviously also did not know existed.

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are fan favorite creators individually and as a team.  However, they are not favorites of your humble reviewer, dear readers.  Loeb has written a few comic books that I have enjoyed:  The Witching Hour (a prestige-format miniseries from DC Comics), Batman/The Spirit #1, and about half of Batman: Hush, to name a few others.  Other than those, I cannot see why Loeb is considered such a exceptional comic book writer.  There are some Tim Sale works that I have liked.

Captain America: White #1 and #0 (which is re-presented/reprinted in #1) are professional productions.  They are not bad, but they are not particularly good, although the creative team and staff's efforts to produce something exceptional is obvious.  What else could we expect of a comic book project that began development over seven years ago?  I can give credit for effort.

But... the story simply does not interest me that much, at this point.  I am curious about it, simply because Rogers' relationship and deep feelings and concern for Bucky seem weird and filled with sexual repression.  Tim Sale's composition, design, and graphic style here seems like a weird and desperate mimicry of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's art for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.  I do like Dave Stewart's gorgeous coloring.

Hmmm.  Will I read more Captain America: White?  I don't know.  I am curious.  Maybe, it will grow on me, and I'll have another thing to add to my short list of Loeb and Sale projects that I like.

C+

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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