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Friday Slice of Heaven
|Echo Vol. 2:|
The action ratcheted up to a nail-biting, stressful level leaving me to hammer through the book in a day; I couldn't help myself.
I fell further in love with the characters including the intimidatingly-tough biker, Dan, who even as a secondary character with a currently small role, left me wanting more. Of course there are the main characters of Julie, Dillon and Ivy who with every peek into their past and their actions in the present have me sympathizing with them and praying for their safety. The psychotic bum with the deadly hand is unrelenting and honestly...terrifying. On to volume three! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Echo Vol. 3:|
The homicidal, atomic-powered and religinutty bum continues menacing Julie and Dillon as they run for their lives from the deranged man. An innocent bystander gets gooped and Dillon is injured in the ensuing battle between the two liquid metal bearers. Julie's emotionally damaged sister begins to take a more prominent role in the story, tragedy strikes Ivy, Dan decides to pay the evil contractor, HeNRI, a visit and an ally appears when needed most.
Moore's characters continue to shine in this well-paced sci-fi story. After reading this volume, I flipped through again, intentionally not reading any of the dialogue and was amazed by how Moore's illustrations alone can tell the basics of the story through the character's expressions, through body language and the use of sensible action. Void of word, Echo tells a better story than a good portion of the comics on the stands, but with Moore's text providing the necessary depth, this book is one of the best I have ever read. I need to get volume four this weekend. Since the series wraps up in the next month, I would not be surprised to see a compilation of the entire run in a beautiful hardcover someday soon; I might just have to double dip for this one. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Cyclops #4 of 8|
As Douglas Pistoia begins to question private military contracting firm, Multicorp Security, and its more shadier dealings, his very public relationship with he wife Tatiana begins to feel the strain of Doug's new found media celebrity. Pistoia's doubts in his employers escalate due to gaps in his memory and he renews contact with journalist Fuente, who then goes missing.
Another intelligent, expertly-told tale with some truly compelling sequentials. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Xombi #1 (2011)|
Beside Rozum's well-told, intriguing story, I really need to point out Irving's gorgeous art and mind-blowing coloring, which is unlike anything I have ever seen. The mood he creates with his choice of colors and lighting is strikingly vibrant and moving. I would love to see the methodology involved in the creation of each page, as the end product is amazing.
I never read the original series from back in the '90s, but now I'm hoping that Comixology/DC will put those old issues out at some point soon so I can delve even further into the past of this interesting and odd series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and with a little more insight into the character and history, I will gladly toss in a "VERY" to my recommendation.
Bad Guy Earth #2
Slice Into the Woods
Slow New Comics Week for Me - This was a slow week for new comics. I'm hoping to make it down to my LCS later this afternoon and should only expect to find the highly anticipated Sixth Gun #11, which will conclude that particular storyline. I will also probably pick up Echo Volume 4: Collider since the wait to read the next chapter is driving me insane.
This coming Wednesday will be a different matter. I will picking up Brightest Day #24 (Finally it's over...not too thrilled), Chew #19 (Yay!), Echoes #5 (I'm scared...yay!), Morning Glories #9 (Yay! Can't wait), Ruse #2 (Yay!), Secret Avengers #12 (Hopeful), Secret Avengers #12.1 (Hopeful), Xombi #2 (Hells yes!). All that and my looming stack of trades and I will hopefully need to do another two installments to cover all the goodness.