Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: ASTRA LOST IN SPACE Volume 1

ASTRA LOST IN SPACE, VOL. 1
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

MANGAKA: Kenta Shinohara
TRANSLATION: Adrienne Beck
LETTERS: Annaliese Christman
EDITOR: Marlene First
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9694-5; paperback (December 2017); Rated “T” for “Teen”
208pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K.

Astra Lost in Space is a new science fiction graphic novel series published by VIZ Media.  It is the English-language publication of Kanata No Astra, the shonen manga (Japanese comics for teen) from creator Kenta Shinohara and published in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump.

Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 1 (entitled Planet Camp; Chapters 1 to 7) is set in the year 2063.  By that time, interstellar travel has become the norm for the people of Earth.  The story opens on the first day of “Planet Camp,” and Aries Spring, a sweet-natured teen girl, couldn’t be more excited.

Aries is joining seven other teens and one pre-teen girl (a.k.a. “Planet Camp Group B-5”) on a sojourn to Planet McPa for a week-long excursion.  Soon after they arrive on McPa, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports the entire group into the depths of space.  That is where they will die unless they can make their way to an empty floating spaceship.

The Astra Lost in Space manga is the latest accessible teen-oriented sci-fi graphic novel series from VIZ Media.  It is a pop comic offering mystery, danger, and adventure via interstellar space travel.

Astra Lost in Space Graphic Novel Volume 1 moves quickly into the story.  Creator Kenta Shinohara uses the early chapters to reveal the characters' personalities, and many of them are familiar teen manga types.  We have the sweet girl; the boy seeking redemption; the bratty, selfish queen bee; the sulky loner, and the really smart science-tech guy, to name a few.  The most interesting characters are the leads, Aries (sweet girl) and Kanata Hoshijima (boy seeking redemption), and the story is the strongest when they are the focus.

As for the interstellar adventure, that is quite intriguing because it mixes mystery and conspiracy.  The story suggests that something metaphysical or larger than mankind or perhaps something human and conniving is going on.  Which is it?  Or is it both?

I am not sure that adult readers will really take to Astra Lost in Space because it is so teen-oriented, both in the quality of the narrative and in the tone of its appreciation.  I have to say that if Astra Lost in Space were an American teen sci-fi comic, I would think that only BOOM! Studios of the major and mini-major comic book publishers would publish it because BOOM! does have a teen-oriented imprint that would be a good fit for Astra Lost in Space.  This adult will keep reading.

A-
7.5 out of 10

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


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: PROWLER #1

PROWLER No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Sean Ryan
LAYOUTS: Javier Saltares
ART: Jamal Campbell
LETTERS: VC's Cory Petit
COVER: Travel Foreman with Jason Keith
VARIANT COVERS: Mike Deodato & Frank Martin; Jamal Campbell
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2016)

Rated “T+”

The Prowler created by Stan Lee, John Buscema, and Jim Mooney

The Prowler is a costumed character in Marvel Comics.  He was created by Stan Lee, John Buscema, and Jim Mooney and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #78 (cover dated:  November 1969).  The first version of The Prowler was an African-American teenager, Hobie Brown, who developed a high-tech battle suit.  Hobie used that suit to start a life of crime until Spider-Man convinced him to turn his life around.

The Prowler is a new comic book series featuring Hobie Brown and is part of Marvel Comics' “NOW!” initiative.  The new comic book is written by Sean Ryan; drawn and colored by Jamal Campbell with layouts by Javier Saltares; and lettered by Cory Petit.

The Prowler #1 finds the Prowler acting as a hero.  Such actions cause his colleagues to mock him, and draws the displeasure of his boss, The Jackal.  It is the Jackal who is responsible for bringing Hobie Brown back from the dead after he was accidentally killed by Electro.  However, The Prowler's latest assignment may prove to be his most dangerous since he returned.

I have heard of The Prowler over lo these decades of reading comic books.  I may have actually even read a few comics featuring this character, but nothing has really stuck with me.  This comic book is somewhat intriguing, but normally this would not be enough to keep me reading.

Now, I must be honest with you, dear reader.  I try to read and support comic books featuring African-American/Black characters, as I am African-American.  I try, but sometimes, I quickly give up on those comic books if they don't interest me.  The Prowler is on the side of being of little interest to me, but I will try another two or three issues.

The art by Jamal Campbell, which is obviously rendered with the aid of software, is colorful, but sometimes, it lacks character and substance, almost looking like semi-pro webcomics art.  Normally, this is enough to turn me away, but I'll stay down... for now.

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


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: BLACK PANTHER #166

BLACK PANTHER No. 166
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Ta-Nehisi Coates
PENCILS: Leonard Kirk
INKS:  Leonard Kirk and Marc Deering
COLORS: Laura Martin
LETTERS: VC's Joe Sabino
COVER: Brian Stelfreeze
VARIANT COVERS: Jenny Frison; Ryan Sook; Chip Zdarsky; Mike McKone with Rachelle Rosenberg; Wes Craig with Tamra Bonvillain (based on the the Incredible Hulk #340 cover by Todd McFarlane and Bob Wiacek)
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2017)

Black Panther created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Rated “T”

“Avengers of the New World” Part 7

Black Panther is a Marvel Comics superhero.  He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (cover dated: July 1966).  Black Panther was T'Challa, the king and protector of the (fictional) African nation of Wakanda.  Black Panther was also the first Black superhero is mainstream American comic books.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American writer and journalist.  This African-American commentator is also a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he writes about cultural, political, and social issues, particularly as they regard to Black people in America.  Coates' second book, Between the World and Me (released in July 2015), won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  In 2015, he was the recipient of a “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Black Panther and Ta-Nehisi Coates (with artist and designer Brian Stelfreeze) came together last year in a relaunch of the Black Panther comic book series.  Marvel Comics is in the middle of a new publishing initiative, “Legacy,” and that changes the issue numbering for Black Panther (and for a number of Marvel Comics' titles).  Coates now produces Black Panther with artists Leonard Kirk (pencils and inks) and Marc Deering (inks); colorist Laura Martin; and letterer Joe Sabino.

Black Panther #166 is the seventh chapter of the “Avengers of the New World” story arc.  The gods of Wakanda, “the Orisha,” have gone missing.  In their absence, mystical portals have been opening and releasing deadly creatures, monsters, and mutants.  A figure known as Ras the Exhorter tells the people of Wakanda that the Orisha are dead and leads them to believe in a new god, “Sefako.”  As Black Panther leads his allies to rescue Asira, an old friend, an old enemy steps forward to claim the prize he has sought since the time when T'Challa's father, T'Chaka was both the king and the Black Panther.

In his legendary 1980s run on DC Comics' Swamp Thing, Alan Moore created a personality for the title character and built a world of supporting characters, bit players, and an intriguing fictional mythology that allowed Moore to explore Swamp Thing's character and motivations.  The result was once-in-a-generation comic book storytelling.  Luckily, Alan Moore influenced generations of comic book writers who came after him.

Taking what the Black Panther writers and artists created before him, Ta-Nehisi Coates is building, issue by issue, a world of the Black Panther that is part of, but is also separate and distinct from the rest of the “Marvel Universe.”  Coates is doing what Alan Moore did with Swamp Thing – create a fictional comic book world that is wealthy with possibilities and does not really need the main universe.  As evident in Black Panther #166, Coates is still in the building process.  There is always some new element or page of Wakanda's history that comes to the fore.  For various reasons, some obvious, the American comic book world has not caught on to Black Panther the way it did Alan Moore's Swamp Thing.  And it should.

Coates collaborators have been stellar since the beginning of this series.  New series artist Leonard Kirk's art makes for quiet but powerful graphical storytelling – explosive in scenes when Klaw unleashes his power and powerfully dramatic when the story delves into the past.  As usual, colorist Laura Martin knows how to color every panel and every sequence in a way that propels the drama of the story.  Joe Sabino's matter-of-fact lettering does not call attention to itself, but, as it recedes into the background, it pulls you down, down, down into this exciting story.

I can't wait for the next issue.

[This comic book includes a three-page character overview written by Robbie Thompson; drawn by Wilfredo Torres; colored by Dan Brown; and lettered by Joe Sabino.]

A
9.5 out of 10

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


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1

INFAMOUS IRON MAN No. 1 (2016)
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
ART: Alex Maleev
COLORS: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: VC's Clayton Cowles
COVER: Alex Maleev
VARIANT COVERS: Mike Deodato with Frank Martin; Anthony Piper; Esad Ribic; Mike McKone; Skottie Young; John Tyler Christopher
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2016)

Rated “T+”

Iron Man created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby

Victor von Doom a.k.a. Doctor Doom, one of Marvel Comics most infamous villains, made his debut in The Fantastic Four #5 (cover dated: July 1962).  Iron Man is now one of Marvel Comics most popular characters, thanks in no small part to a series of hit movies and hit movie appearances beginning in 2008 with the Oscar-nominated film, Iron Man.  Also known as the “Golden Avenger,” Iron Man debuted in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated: March 1963), a little more than half a year after Doctor Doom first appeared.

Iron Man and Doctor Doom were never meant to be together, as Iron Man fights to save the world and to help mankind progress, while Doctor Doom wants to rule the world and subjugate humanity.  In the wake of the events depicted in Marvel Comics' event miniseries, Civil War II, there is a new comic book series that seeks to bring them together, Infamous Iron Man.  It is written by Brian Michael Bendis; drawn by Alex Maleev; colored by Matt Hollingsworth, and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Infamous Iron Man #1 finds Doctor Doom meeting with the members of his bad-guy collective, The Cabal.  But that was the old Doom.  Now, he is trying to save Maria Hill, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also to comfort Dr. Amara Perera, the woman who loved Tony Stark.  What is Doctor Doom up to, and how and why does it involve Iron Man?

Infamous Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis does not need to give us a lot of information.  Just about anyone reading Marvel Comics these days knows that Doom is going to take on the mantle of Iron Man.  The most important thing about any comic book written by Bendis is not the hook, but the execution of his storytelling.  Will it work or will it be a failure?  Right now, it is working (as usual for me), and I want more.

I must admit that I am enjoying the art drawn by Alex Maleev, which looks gorgeous under Matt Hollingworth's subdued, earthy, natural-lighting-like colors.  Maleev's graphical storytelling has an exciting, yet mysterious vibe when combined with Hollingworth's colors.  Yeah, Infamous Iron Man is certainly worth your time, my superhero comic book readers.

A-

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


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review: TOP 100 COMIC BOOK MOVIES

TOP 100 COMIC BOOK MOVIES
IDW PUBLISHING/Fantastic Press – @IDWPublishing

AUTHOR/EDITOR: Gary Gerani
COVER: Steven Chorney
ISBN:  978-1-63140-998-1; paperback – 8 1/2” x 11” (June 2017)
192pp, Color, $24.99 U.S., $33.99 CAN

Introduction by Kenneth Johnson

Top 100 Comic Book Movies is a nonfiction paperback book (8 1/2” x 11”) from author, comic book writer, and illustrator, Gary Gerani.  In this full-color book, Gerani (who co-wrote the cult horror film, Pumpkinhead) offers his list of the one hundred best films (theatrical and television) adapted from comic books and comic strips.  Top 100 Comic Book Movies, which was released in June of this year, is the fourth book in a series released by IDW Publishing imprint, Fantastic Press.

Top 100 Comic Book Movies covers films from early Hollywood, like the theatrical film serial, Flash Gordon (1936), to today's special effects extravaganzas, such as the films based on Avengers, Batman, X-Men, and Spider-Man comic books, to name a few.  Gerani provides historic overviews of what he thinks are the greatest works of the unique film genre of “comic book movies.”  Each film on the list is illustrated by a dazzling array of photographs, stills, full-color posters, and rare items.  This book reveals that after a shaky start, the comic book movie is a genre that has taken Hollywood and the movie-going world by storm, and the best may be yet to come.

Okay... you want me to be honest with you, dear readers, so here goes.  I don't think that there are enough comic book movies:  theatrical, television, or otherwise, that are good enough to make me want to make a Top 100 list.  Some of the films that Gerani includes in this book are movies that I like in part or in whole, but I don't find enough in them to be worth the bother of sitting down and ranking 1 to a 100.  But I do love me some Sheena starring Tanya Roberts (Gerani's #97).

That said:  I think Top 100 Comic Book Movies is probably an indispensable reference source for people who like comic book movies, want to begin to study them, or get to know about more of them.  Top 100 Comic Book Movies is a kind of goofy title, too fan-ish for its own good, and this title undersells how detailed this book actually is.

For the record, I don't agree with the order of a lot of this “best of” list.  [I should note that time considerations did not allow the author to consider such Summer 2017 comic book movies as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman for inclusion.]  I do agree with Gerani that Christopher Nolan's 2008 smash hit and Oscar-winner, The Dark Knight, is probably the best or #1 comic book movie, at least up to this point in time.  I would say that 1978's Superman: The Movie (Gerani's #3 pick) is the most important comic book movie of all time, because it bridged the promise of comic book movie's primitive past with the modern comic book movies made possible by the continuing advancements in cinema science and technology.

If some of your favorite movies did not make the top 100, Gerani has a list of other notable movies adapted from comic books and comic strips (pp, 194 to 198).  This is where some of my favorite adaptations (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Virus) reside.  A book like this also needs a handy index, and Gerani provides one for us so we can discover upon what pages our favorite heroes and movies are mentioned or discussed.

Television writer, producer, and director (“Alien Nation,” “Bionic Woman,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and “V”) Kenneth Johnson pens this book's introduction.  In it, he talks about the time he worked on the television movie, “The Incredible Hulk” (1977), and the long-running TV series (1978 to 1982) it inspired.  That is a nice little extra from Top 100 Comic Book Movies.

A-
7.5 out of 10

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


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Monday, December 4, 2017

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: MOSAIC #1

MOSAIC No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Geoffrey Thorne
ARTIST: Khary Randolph
COLORS: Emilio Lopez
LETTERS: VC's Joe Sabino
COVER: Stuart Immonen
VARIANT COVERS: John Tyler Christopher; Marco D'Alfonso; Mike Deodato with Frank Martin; Khary Randolph; Pasqual Ferry with Frank D'Armata
36pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (December 2016)

Rated T+

Episode One: “Mood Indigo”

Out of Civil War II.  Part of Marvel Comics' initiative “NOW!”  Here, comes Marvel's newest Black superhero, Mosaic, and he is the star of his own comic book, entitled Mosaic, of course.  It is written by Geoffrey Thorne; drawn by Khary Randolph; colored by Emilio Lopez; and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Mosaic #1 (“Mood Indigo”) introduces Morris Sackett, maybe the best professional basketball player in the world.  He has led the New York Stride to five championships in five seasons.  As far as Morris is concerned, he is the sole reason that the Stride has won five titles.  However, exposure to Terrigen mists changes Morris in ways that are shocking.  One of the newest Inhumans is about to lose his physical form while inheriting many more.

According to what I have read, writer Geoffrey Thorne and artist Khary Randolph want to explode stereotypes for Black superheroes when it comes to Morris Sackett a.k.a. Mosaic.  I don't know what those stereotypes are.  Even with the relatively small number of Black superheroes in both the Marvel and DC Comics universes, characters are unique and mostly fully formed.  Black Panther is not like Storm is not like Luke Cage/Power Man, and I never thought that Cyborg was like Black Lightning.

The stereotype of Black superheroes is that they are stereotypical.  They are not all noble Negroes in the tradition of Civil Rights activists, nor are they sullen anti-heroes out to get the system.  Under the guiding hand of comics most skilled writers, there have been some really good Black Panther and Blade comic books – to name a few of a few.  The reality (not stereotype) is that many Black superheroes have been featured in comic books in which the writers have those assignments because they are someone's friend more so than because they are good storytellers.  Black superheroes have not been stereotypes; they simply have been in badly written (and sometimes poorly drawn) comic books.

Mosaic #1 suggests that Thorne is a good writer, although his “street lingo” leaves something to be desired.  I give most of the credit for the success of Mosaic #1 to artist Khary Randolph.  This first issue has a lively visual and graphical style that mimics the energy and movement of animated films.  Randolph's art is both stylish and earthy, giving Mosaic a vibe that is different from just about everything else Marvel is publishing.

I'm ready for more and recommend this title.

A-

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


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