Saturday, April 25, 2009

Quick reviews of other comics released this week (22/04/09)

Warning - (mild) Spolilers Ahead!

Kick-Ass #6 (Marvel)

My only complaint about Kick-Ass is it's shipping - there is too much of a gap between installments. This time around we get the suitably Punisher-style origin of the 2 vigilantes, Big Daddy & Hit Girl. Cue lots of twisted humour from Millar, plenty of blood and a twist that I didn't see coming. Kick-Ass and Red Mist make their entrance later on in the issue, wrestling with the idea of a team-up with the Father / Daughter duo (I am sure in one panel there is a reference to Millers Dark Knight...). Some neat lines that are self referential, but they work. There is a point made about the role of superheroes, but nothing is too earnestly delivered - this is meant to be sick and fun and Kick-Ass #6 delivers.

Romita Jr. just nails the art on this title. It's hyper comic strip stylings, big bold illustrations and ultra violence, all delivered in well chosen colours are the perfect match for Millars wish-fulfillment superhero tale.

These are 20 or so pages of the best comic based entertainment available. There is no fat on it, its just a great title, and it maintains its quality. With the first 6 issues done, that should make a really good trade purchase. 9 out of 10.

Skrull Kill Krew #1 (Marvel)

Never read the first iteration of the Skrull Kill Krew, and after reading this, I cannot say I am that bothered. I think the concept quite funny (first wave of Skrulls were turned into cows by Reed Richards a looong time ago. Cows ended up as burgers, and whoever ate the infected meat gained Skrull powers, like shape shifting, and the ability to detect disguised Skrulls. However, the exectuion here just left me indifferent. The plotting was okay, but the character of Ryder was a bit flat. The action was okay when it kicked off, and the art had a certain cartoon vibe to it, but overall, the cover was better than the contents. There was plenty of info at the back of the book on the Skrulls and the Kill Krew origin. It's a title that you get your moneys worth on in terms of the amount of content. It was just the story itself didn't have me coming back for more. It may suit you, it may well be worth a punt for the price. 5 out of 10.