Saturday, April 18, 2009

Quick reviews of other comics released this week (15/04/09)

Terminator Salvation official movie prequel #0

Great title - loved the fact that we were straight into the action, lots of John Connor, Marcus Wright and Kyle Reese, as well as introducing some of the other characters (including lots of new Terminator models and General Ashdown, who will be played by Michael Ironside in the movie). The action is well plotted, and the Terminators well illustrated, although the art did feel a little too 'cartoony', and would have worked better with more 'realistic' art. That is a very minor grumble, because overall this works really well as a primer for the film. There is also a 3 page preview of issue #1, and some sketches. Great stuff. 8.25 out of 10.

The Stand: American Nightmares #2

Another beautiful installment, as we get to meet the Trashcan Man, and all the other main characters begin to orientate themselves toward their destiny. It is hard to score this as a standalone issue, because it is an adaptation, but the plotting and art, and the extras are again superlative. 8.5 out of 10.

The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft #1

Wow. Pulp horror writer HP Lovecraft is in the grip of writers block, but things get a lot worse for him through the course of this issue (#1 of 4). Lovecraft is subject to a beating and robbery, and to make matters worse, Sylvia, the girl he loves, is in the arms of another guy who is nothing like him. Worse than this, he comes into contact with a mysterious ancient book whose curse falls on him. Said curse unleashes terrible destruction through the power of Lovecrafts imagination.

The period detail (set in the 'roaring twenties') is maintained throughout without being gratuitous or cliched. The art fits the dark, dangerous mood, with faces shadowed and craggy. The action is exciting, and the ending left me wanting more. A pleasant surprise. 8.5 out of 10.