Sunday, May 31, 2015

I Reads You Review: America vs. the JUSTICE SOCIETY #1

AMERICA VS. THE JUSTICE SOCIETY #1
DC COMICS – @DCComics

WRITER/EDITOR: Roy Thomas
PENCILS: Rafael Kayanan with Rich Buckler and Jerry Ordway
INKERS: Alfredo Alcala and Bill Collins with Jerry Ordway
COLORS: Adrienne Roy
LETTERS: Cody
COVER: Jerry Ordway
48pp, Color, $1.50 U.S., $2.00 CAN (January 1985)

Chapter One: “I Accuse!”

America vs. The Justice Society was a four-issue comic book miniseries starring the Justice Society of America (JSA).  The series was written and edited by Roy Thomas and penciled by Rafael Kayanan, Mike Hernandez, and Howard Bender and primarily inked by Alfredo Alcala.  Other artists featured in the series included Rich Buckler and Jerry Ordway.

America vs. The Justice Society was originally published by DC Comics between January and April 1985.  The series was set in DC Comics' “Earth-Two” (or Earth-2”) universe and involves an accusation that members of the JSA committed treason during World War II and then, conspired to keep their treasonous actions secret in the years following the war.

Earth-Two was a parallel universe to the mainstream DC Comics continuity.  DC established Earth-Two during the 1960s, as a way to explain how DC characters who had adventures in the 1940s could still be in their 30s in contemporary comics, with contemporary then being the 1960s.  Why was Batman still a young man in the 1960s when he had adventures in the 1940s?  Well, the Batman of the 1940s lived on Earth-Two.  The Batman of the 1960s lived on Earth-One, the modern or regular or mainstream DC Universe.  You can see how that created problems later on when Batman of Earth-One was still young in the 1980s.

In 1981, DC revived the Justice Society of America, the 1940s precursor of the Justice League of America, in the comic book All-Star Squadron.  Roy Thomas was this comic book's writer and he used the series to retell JSA stories that were published in the 1940s.  Of course, All-Star Squadron was now set on Earth-Two, which is where the JSA existed.  Confused yet?  Well, America vs. The Justice Society is a re-telling slash re-imagining of the events around the disbanding of the JSA in the 1950s.

[While visiting the DC Entertainment website, I discovered that America vs. The Justice Society was being reprinted in a trade paperback.  I decided that I wanted to read the series and found a reasonably priced set of all four issues on eBay.]

America vs. The Justice Society #1 (“I Accuse!”) opens on Earth-Two in late 1984.  The splash page features the front page of the Tuesday, November 26, 1984 edition of the “Daily Star” newspaper.  The newspaper's headline declares that the members of the Justice Society are traitors... at least according to the “Batman Dairy.”  Clark Kent, the editor of the “Daily Star,” received this alleged diary of the late Dark Knight (who apparently died in 1979) from Dr. Nichols (or Prof. Nichols).  According to Nichols, Batman gave him the diary a few months before his death.

The “Batman Diary,” recounts the origins of the Justice Society and also how the members allowed Adolf Hitler to convince them to join forces with him during World War II.  The diary also recounts how the Justice Society hid their crimes during and after war.  Although Kent tries to delay the release of the diary's contents, they are made public before Kent can verify if the diary is really authentic, beyond the fact that the handwriting in the diary does seem to be Bruce Wayne's.

Superman, Wonder Woman, Starman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Robin, Wildcat, Atom, Doctor Fate, Johnny Thunder, Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite, and The Flash – the members of the Justice Society gather in the team's old headquarters in Civic City.  There, these superheroes try to find a way to clear their names, while outside forces plot their downfall.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and The Sandman are the three most influential and famous comic books that DC Comics published in the 1980s.  In the last few years, DC has announced and published sequels and prequels to these seminal, event comic books (although the first sequel to The Dark Night Returns was published back in 2001 and 2002).  Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Crisis On Infinite Earths are probably the other big event publications from DC that fall behind the above “holy trinity.”  America vs. The Justice Society would certainly make my “Top 10” list of DC Comics' best of the 1980s.

Publishing in late 1984 and early 1985, the events depicted in America vs. The Justice Society were swept away by Crisis on Infinite Earths, which began publication not long after the final issue of America vs. The Justice Society was published, making the latter no longer relevant in terms of DC Universe continuity.

That's a shame.  America vs. The Justice Society is an exceptionally well-written comic book.  It is kind of like the Watchmen of Earth-Two, but as an old-fashioned mystery thriller.  Roy Thomas takes characters that he obviously loves puts them in a position in which they hugely vulnerable.  The members of the JSA may choose to cooperate with law enforcement, but that only makes their position more precarious.  Regardless of what good they have done, they seem confronted with the immediate now:  they stand accused of being traitors which puts everything they have ever done in question.

Thomas adds more tension by making their accuser a former teammate.  Thomas offers the notion that some JSAers may not stand for being prosecuted and persecuted for long (like Wonder Woman).  Also, a number of grudges held against the JSA by non-powered politicians, former allies, and mystery figures means that they will face more allegations and charges.  In America vs. The Justice Society, Roy Thomas adds mystery and suspense into the superhero genre, turning fantasy adventure into muckraking political theater.

I like the art presented in the first issue by Rafael Kayanan, Rich Buckler, Jerry Ordway, Alfredo Alcala, Bill Collins, and Adrienne Roy (and in later issues by artists Mike Hernandez, Howard Bender, and Carl Gafford).  It was old-timey and old-fashioned even for its time (1984).  The art takes a story set in 1984 and gives the graphical storytelling the atmosphere and vibe of the 1940s, which was the Golden Age of comics and of the JSA.  It is a pity that the printing process used for this comic book was crappy and made for an attractive comic book.  Hopefully, the 2015 trade paperback will offer better printing quality and this comic will look as pretty as it should.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Read Webcomic Grumble: Chapter Two - Page 6



Grumble Chapter Two, Page 6 is here:  http://www.comicbookbin.com/grumbletwopage006.html

NOTE:  Last year, I printed some promotional copies of Grumble: Chapter One through a POD printer.  I will sign and number a copy of this "rare" comic book for $5 post paid, which you can purchase here or http://ireadsyou.blogspot.com/p/i-reads-shopping.html

I am also on Patreon.




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review: The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch #7

THE ADVENTURES OF NIKKI HARRIS THE CYBERMATION WITCH #7
CANDLE LIGHT PRESS/Warning Comics – @candlelightpres @attila71

CARTOONIST: Carter Allen – @attila71
32pp, Colors, $3.00 U.S. (2015)

“Nikki Harris and the Kaninium Mines of Util”

It's never too soon.  Our favorite space heroine is back!  After surviving (barely) Tile the Hunter, Nikki Harris, is ready to fight another space menace.  Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch returns with a new issue of her comic book, the second issue of 2015.

As The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch #7 (“Nikki Harris and the Kaninium Mines of Util”) begin, The Broomstick, a slick space craft, soars into the depths of space.  Aboard this fast and nimble ship is Nikki, called to the mining planet of Util to solve a mystery.  The planet is the only source of the miracle mineral, Kaninium.

Chief Administrator Georg Agricola and Administrator Pliny tell Nikki that as the sole source of Kaninium, Util is vital to galaxy.  However, that vital piece of the galactic puzzle is threatened by a mystery deep in the Kaninium mines.  And the other mystery:  who is MARION3TT3?

There was a nearly two-year gap between the publication of the fifth and sixth issues of The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch.  Now, issue #7 comes just months after the arrival of issue #6.  This new issue is a simple reminder of how much fans of Nikki Harris miss her and of how much we wish writer-artist Carter Allen could give us more Nikki.

As readers demand more space for female heroes and characters in comic books, Nikki Harris is ready to take her place with vivid, full-color adventures possessing a comic flare and a sly wit.  With each issue, Allen refines his art and comics, making every new issue of The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch kind of like a technological upgrade.  We are apparently in the midst of a run of more frequent appearances of Nikki Harris, so hopefully a surge of new readers is ready to awaken to this cool comic book.

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux (support on Patreon)


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

I Reads You Review: CHRONONAUTS #1

CHRONONAUTS #1
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

WRITER: Mark Millar – @mrmarkmillar
ARTIST: Sean Gordon Murphy – @Sean_G_Murphy
COLORS: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos
COVER: Sean Gordon Murphy with Matt Hollingsworth
VARIANT COVERS: Matteo Scalera with Matt Hollingsworth; Declan Shalvey with Jordie Bellaire; Dan Panosian; Fiona Staples; Ryan Ottley with Kelsey Shannon; Fabio Moon; Chris Weston
28pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (March 2015)

Rated M / Mature

Chrononauts is a new comic book series created by writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, The Secret Service) and artist Sean Gordon Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus).  The series focuses on the world's first time travelers and the problems they encounter.

Chrononauts #1 introduces Corbin Quinn.  He is the star scientist in NASA's Temporal-Observation Program.  After testing several “temporal vehicle” prototypes, Quinn and his partner, Dr. Danny Reilly, are ready for their first manned-mission through time with the help of their “chrono-suits.”  Something goes wrong; some always goes wrong, and it is usually not so easy to fix.

Like much of Mark Millar's creator-owned comics outside of Marvel Comics, Chrononauts is the usual, glossy, high-concept piece featuring people who know a lot, but don't realize how much they don't know.  Chrononauts lacks the gall of Kick-Ass and the gleeful maliciousness of Nemesis; plus, it seems like a shiny makeover of the late Michael Crichton's1999 novel Timeline that was adapted into a 2003 film of the same title.

I suspect Millar will offer more surprises in the second issue, so I will give it a try (if I can find a second issue).  Sean Murphy is a good comics storyteller, but nothing he does here really piques my interest.  Murphy is the series co-creator, but virtually any veteran comic book artist could have drawn Chrononauts.  Maybe, Murphy will also surprise in the second issue.

http://www.millarworld.tv/

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux on Patreon.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Read Webcomic Grumble: Chapter Two - Page 5



Grumble Chapter Two, Page 5 is here:  http://www.comicbookbin.com/grumbletwopage005.html

NOTE:  Last year, I printed some promotional copies of Grumble: Chapter One through a POD printer.  I will sign and number a copy of this "rare" comic book for $5 post paid, which you can purchase here or http://ireadsyou.blogspot.com/p/i-reads-shopping.html


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Reads You Review: NO MERCY #1

NO MERCY #1
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

WRITER: Alex de Campi – @alexdecampi
ARTIST: Carla Speed McNeil – @CSpeedMcNeil
COLORS: Jenn Manley Lee – @jemale
28pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (April 2015)

Rated T+ / Teen Plus

No Mercy is a new comic book series from writer Alex de Campi and artist Carla Speed McNeil (Finder).  The series focuses on a group of stranded American teenagers who must navigate the hostile landscape of a foreign country if they are to survive.

In No Mercy #1, it all begins with an arrival at an airport in the Latin American country of Mataguey.  A group of incoming freshmen at Princeton have traveled to the country to build schools in a Central American village.  Princeton Summer Service is a trip before college that allows some of the students to get to know other freshmen, while doing something good.  Then tragedy strikes, and because help is unlikely to come, these privileged students will have to help themselves.

The one thing that immediately stands out about No Mercy is Carla Speed McNeil's art.  When I first met her in college – ages ago, I thought she had a bright future in front of her.  That has come to pass, as she has even won an Eisner for her work on Finder, a long-running comic book and sometimes webcomic that I heartily recommend.  She always seems to find a way to draw each character as a unique individual creation – not just in appearance, but also in visible personality.  This gives her work an earthy and inviting quality.

In No Mercy, McNeil's art is combined with the gorgeous coloring of Jenn Manley Lee, with whom I am unfamiliar.  Lee's striking hues and McNeil's compositions remind me of the color comics of the late and legendary Moebius.  Since I loved me some Moebius, I want more of this McNeil-Lee joint.

It is obvious from the beginning that Alex de Campi is composing a merciless story in which merciless people and a pitiless environment will torment a band of clueless kids.  The biggest difficulty that many of this young adults have faced is probably typical family drama and conflict.  Now, they are in a country where the obligation to observe their privilege does not exist.  Personally, I'd like to see this story work through the eyes of one particular character.  While I do have my favorite, there are some others that have the potential to carry the readers through this land of No Mercy.

Granted that I am partial to McNeil, I think this is a comic book worth following.

[This comic book contains a preview of “Mythic #1 by Phil Hester and John McCrea.]

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux on Patreon.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review: ROCK WITH WINGS

ROCK WITH WINGS
HARPERCOLLINS – @HarperCollins

AUTHOR: Anne Hillerman
ISBN: 978-0-06-227051-1; hardcover (May 5, 2015)
336pp, B&W, $26.99 U.S.

Rock With Wings is a 2014 crime novel from author Anne Hillerman.  This is the second book in the “Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Series,” following 2013's Spider Woman's Daughter.  This series is a continuation of the “Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee Series,” which was written by Hillerman's late father, bestselling author, Tony Hillerman (1925-2008).  In the new novel, Navajo Tribal cops, Chee and Manuelito, try to solve two perplexing cases with the assistance of the now-retired Leaphorn.

Rock With Wings opens as Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette “Bernie” Manuelito makes a routine traffic stop.  The driver, Michael Miller, almost immediately begins acting strange, causing Bernie to eventually place Miller under arrest.  Then, Bernie is off for a short vacation with her husband, fellow Navajo Nation Police Officer Jim Chee,  However, two cases will call the couple back from their vacation and separate them.  One case is near their home of Shiprock, and the other takes place in iconic Monument Valley.

Chee travels to Monument Valley, the backdrop for so many famous Western films, where he finds a series of curious incidents involving the filming of the zombie movie, “The Undead Return” (TUR).  First, one of the film's employees, Melissa Goldfarb, is missing.  Then, a cold-blooded thug seems to have his hand in many aspects of the movie's production.  Also, a mysterious mound of rocks and dirt could be connected to TUR, or it could be the link to many mysteries Chee finds himself facing.

Meanwhile, in Shiprock, Bernie discovers that her arrest of Michael Miller has become a drug bust gone wrong.  She also struggles to uncover the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere.  Then, she learns that an out-of-state corporation, Primal Solar, has launched an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.

With the help of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee navigate unexpected obstacles and surprising turns of event.  They confront separate cases that are connected and not connected in the most surprising ways.

I liked the fact that Anne Hillerman's debut work of fiction, Spider Woman’s Daughter, focused primarily on Bernie Manuelito.  In Rock With Wings, Hillerman gives equal time to both Bernie and Chee, but she puts their law enforcement skills and talents on display by putting before each character a different kind of case.

Hillerman gives the readers a chance to know both Chee and Manuelito as she will depict them.  That is, of course, a good thing for new readers, but I think Hillerman's longtime readers also need a chance to acclimate to the Navajo Tribal Police, as portrayed by the daughter of the originator.  It has been ages since I read my one Tony Hillerman book, so I am eager to get to know the characters.

As for the mystery and crime-solving:  Rock With Wings becomes more exciting to read as the narrative progresses.  There is some violence in this book, but the primary focus is solving the respective cases of Chee and Manuelito.  Each case has within it other related sub-plots, or sub-mysteries, if you will.  I found myself deeply immersed in the narrative and thoroughly invested in solving every mystery, case, and crime.  In that sense, Rock With Wings is the pure essence of the whodunit.  After reading Spider Woman's Daughter, I was interested in seeing where Anne Hillerman would take her characters.  After reading Rock With Wings, I am ready for the next book.

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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux on Patreon.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Read Webcomic Grumble: Chapter Two - Page 4



Grumble Chapter Two, Page 4 is here:  http://www.comicbookbin.com/grumbletwopage004.html

NOTE:  Last year, I printed some promotional copies of Grumble: Chapter One through a POD printer.  I will sign and number a copy of this "rare" comic book for $5 post paid, which you can purchase here or http://ireadsyou.blogspot.com/p/i-reads-shopping.html


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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