Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Will Moss’

The Shade (2011 Series) #6

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

June 16, 2012

Title: Las Cinco Esquinas

Writer: James Robinson
Art:
Javier Pulido
Letters:
Todd Klein
Colors:
Hilary Sycamore
Cover Art:
Tony Harris
Editor:
Wil Moss
Publisher:
DC Comics

With the Inquisitor cutting a bloody path through Spain, the Shade and La Sangre are joined by one of the local heroes, Montpellier, to try to hunt him down.

This isn’t really what I expected from James Robinson returning to the Shade. While there’s still plenty of cool weirdness (what with the vampires and all), it’s not as surreal as a lot of the previous Shade stories have been. It’s a more personal story, and a more straightforward one as well. None of these are bad things, it’s just a departure from what he’s done with the character in the past, and that may be turning off a few people.

One thing I really enjoy about the book is how he’s reaching out to some of the unexplored corners of the new DC Universe. With a few exceptions, most of the New 52 titles are still pretty America-centric, and I like seeing him go around Europe and show off some of the different characters that are in the DC toy box. I’d like to see more of Montpellier, and I’d read a whole miniseries of La Sangre by herself. (In fact, DC, if you’re reading, why not at least give her an arc in DC Universe Presents?)

Javier Pulido is really perfect for this story. His style isn’t like your typical superhero comic. It’s a little darker, a little more Mike Mignola-esque. That Hellboy vibe is perfectly suited for this title and the characters that we’re playing with here.

This halfway point helps show that the book is going into some different directions, but overall, I think that’s a good thing.

Rating: 8/10

DC Universe Presents #2

November 4, 2011 1 comment

October 31, 2011

Title: Twenty Questions Part Two

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art:
Bernard Chang
Colorist:
Blond
Letterer:
Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist:
Ryan Sook
Editor:
Will Moss
Publisher:
DC Comics

With no more answers about why he’s been chosen for his afterlife mission or why the parameters seem to have changed recently, Deadman tries to force the Goddess Roma to play her hand. It’s not as easy as all that, though, and he soon finds himself back on Earth seeking clues in the one place he has left… a club that caters to the occult set. Without an invitation to the Moonstone Club, though, he’ll have to resort to drastic means. Paul Jenkins’ rejiggering of the Deadman concept is proceeding really nicely here. I like his take on the character very much. It’s in keeping with everything we already knew about him, while still leaving plenty of room to try something new. The Moonstone club and its various inhabitants is a very cool concept, one that works with Deadman very well. The continuing questions about Deadman’s true nature are also intriguing While we haven’t really learned anything new yet, it’s easy to believe that by the time this story arc reaches its conclusion, the life (such as it is) of Boston Brand is going to be different than it is right now. Bernard Chang does good work here, with some nice “acting” on the characters Boston possesses. The subtlety of the facial expressions and body language really make it clear it’s the same person in multiple bodies, even if we didn’t have the crutch of the energy-aura to point it out for us. Very nice issue two.

Rating: 8/10

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents (2010 Series) #5

May 3, 2011 Leave a comment

April 29, 2011

Title: Never the Whole Truth

Writer: Nick Spencer
Pencils:
Cafu
Inks:
Bit
Colorist:
Santiago Arcas
Art (Menthor Sequence):
Ryan Sook
Letterer:
Steve Wands
Cover:
Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Editor:
Wil Moss                
Publisher:
DC Comics

Continuing DC’s reinvigoration of one of comics’ most acclaimed properties, this issue we look into the history of the new Menthor… a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent that has ties to one of our viewpoint characters. Toby has been kind of a cipher since this book started. Nick Spencer hasn’t dug too deeply into his history or his psyche before, but now we’re finally learning a little bit about him, and it’s none too soon. What’s more, we’re also getting some serious action this issue, which is something else we’ve been waiting for. Cafu does some cool stuff with his layouts, and the battle sequence looks good. My problem with this title actually comes in through Toby and Colleen, the characters through whom we’ve been seeing this world. While Spencer is spending plenty of time picking apart the Agents themselves, we don’t really know enough about the viewpoint characters to relate to them or feel for them. This issue starts to change that, and that’s all to the good. Of course, with Spencer going Marvel-exclusive, we’re left with the question of how long he’s going to keep this storyline and who – if anybody – is going to pick it up when he’s gone. Until those questions are answered, though, best to just enjoy what we’ve got to go on.

Rating: 8/10

Jonah Hex #61

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

February 26, 2011

Title: Honeymoon Bullets

Writer: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art:
Jordi Bernet
Colorist:
Rob Schwager
Letterer:
Rob Leigh
Cover:
Jordi Bernet
Editor:
Will Moss
Publisher:
DC Comics

On his Honeymoon with Mei Ling, Hex runs afoul of a group of drunks who cast some unkind words in the direction of his bride. Fortunately, she doesn’t really need his help to take care of herself. No, you didn’t miss an issue. The nature of this title – short, usually one-in-one stories – allows Gray and Palmiotti to leap around the timeline of Jonah Hex’s life pretty much at will, and there was a time in the original series when he was married. Consider this a “lost tale.” Mei Ling is a fun character – she’s a small bright spot in Hex’s overwhelmingly gloomy and depressing life, and that makes for a nice contrast for the character. Oh, how I wish they’d put her in the movie instead of Megan Fox’s painful Tallulah Black impersonation. The interaction between Hex and Mei is nice too – you can tell that she actually changes him a little bit, bringing his spirits higher, making him happier. Shame it can’t last, of course. Jordi Bernet, as always, has the perfect style for this book – dynamic, full of action, and old school to boot. This is one of those books that is just incredibly entertaining month in and month out – even if only a small number of readers know about it.

Rating: 8/10