Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 5/20/2011

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Friday Slice of Heaven


Echo, Vol. 5: Black Hole
Echo, Vol 5:
Black Hole
Echo, Vol. 5: Black Hole - Everythinged by Terry Moore, published by Abstract Studio.  After the first four amazing chapters of Echo this one almost lost me due to...totally kidding here.  Volume five takes an already amazing series and ratchets up the tension and sense of urgency and expands on the action in ways that are exhilarating and at times kinda gross.
In this volume, Hong Liu makes his revolting return in a desperate attempt to save his mangled and deteriorating body by forcing an unconscious Julie to give up the liquid metal known as Alloy 618.  Ivy makes a cruel and possibly warranted decision in light of a bleak revelation, and both Ivy and Julie begin to exhibit some startling physical changes.  Cain captures the HeNRI scientist Vijay, one of the last remaining people involved in the creation of Alloy 618, for a final (?) confrontation with Julie.
As I have said all along, Echo is an incredibly well-crafted story, with Moore's gorgeous art--complete with subtle character changes along the way--and an intensity that leaves me biting my nails for the release of the concluding chapter in the next couple of weeks.  I honestly cannot wait to see how this series wraps up and it is now one of my all-time favorite books.  Did I mention that I like this comic?  VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The Killer Volume 2 (v. 2) (Killer (Archaia))
The Killer Vol.2 HC
The Killer Vol. 2 - Written by Matz and illustrated by Luc Jacamon, published by Archaia.  In this follow up to the fantastic first volume, The Killer continues to impress and is an infectious read.  This volume contains the original run of issues five through ten as opposed to the four issues found in the first volume.
In this volume, our nameless killer is found by the Columbians who have money to spare and possibly information on who put the hit on him in Paris.  What's worse is The Killer's new found employer pairs him with a partner, Mariano, the godson of the man in charge.  In addition to now having a partner, who is quickly becoming a friend, The Killer's girlfriend becomes more important to him, and then there is the neighbor in the flat upstairs who happens to be a nice guy down on his luck.  Relationships bring complications and as The Killer learns who put him in harm's way and who beat up his girlfriend, leaving him little choice but to right the wrongs enacted against him.
The Killer is still a well-written look at a man that I should dislike on account of his profession, but Matz does a tremendous job of making me sympathize with this character and wanting to see him come out ahead.  The uncertain nature of the book has me questioning the motivations of everyone including the newfound friend and the girlfriend who accepted The Killer's profession with indifference.  As with the first volume the art of Luc Jacamon is mind blowing primarily in the color palette and lovely shading he adds to set the mood of a scene (see pages 89-91 and 128-131).   A strong writer and a talented illustrator who are equally impressive on their own, but when combined produce a phenomenal book.  VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
*my only negative comment has nothing to do with the content, but the build of my particular copy of the book.  Unfortunately page 147-150 was missed at the time of binding and that page fell out while reading it.  Hopefully this was only a problem of my particular book.

Chew #27
Chew #27 - Written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory, published by Image comics.  This issue does something frickin' weird.  It jumps ahead nine issues and two story arcs ahead.  Essentially, Layman and Guillory hopped into the Image time traveling machine and went ahead about a year--I guess there will be some slight delays in the release schedule--and brought back this book, but neglected to bring back info on this weeks winning Lotto numbers...thanks.
Anyhow, this book opens with Tony near comatose and on life support in a hospital bed and he is being cared for by his sister, Toni (Antonelle).  Toni is working for NASA and even has a run-in with D-Bear, an old pain in the ass from her brother's life.  D-Bear has messed with one of Toni's old...friends...and not only roughed him up, but he also stole his entire collection of chogs, which are frog/chicken hybrids that are a non-FDA approved method of bypassing the poultry laws.  Chogs supposedly taste like chicken.
What happened to bring us to this point?  Hell if I know, but I can't wait to see how we got there and where we are going afterwards.  So much fun and VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

THUNDER Agents #7
THUNDER Agents #7 - Written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Cafu, Mike Grell and Nick Dragotta, published by DC Comics.  This issue opens with Colleen on the hunt for her mother the Iron Maiden, to which a solid two pages are dedicated to this endeavor.  The remainder of the book offers a brief look into the woman who has historically been the scourge of THUNDER and a glimpse into the woman in the sexy armor.  
Mike Grell offers up the art for the the first half of Iron Maiden's story and combined with the coloring provides an eighties retro vibe that I really enjoyed.  Nick Dragotta then pulls time back even further with a seventies style of illustration that works equally well in furthering the story and showing more history on this intriguing character.  
Although I enjoyed this issue, I can't help but feel that it was somewhat rushed and was not as strong an issue as those that preceded it, but I need to restate that it was still very good.  This remains a book that more people need to be reading and now that THUNDER Agents is available on Comixology on the cheap (issue one is currently FREE!) there is absolutely no reason to ignore this wonderful series.  Here's to hoping that Nick Spencer--who seems to be writing more books than a normal human being can handle--sticks around on this series for as long as DC will let him.  RECOMMENDED!

Heroes For Hire #7
Heroes For Hire #7 - Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and illustrated by Tim Seely, published by Marvel Comics.  Heroes for Hire is one of the last remaining superhero comics that I am reading and enjoying, and with good reason.  HFH sticks to maintaining an exciting story with a cast of revolving characters that has kept the series fun and unpredictable thus far.   
In this issue Spider-Man strikes out alone with only the voice of Misty Knight to aid in his quest to stop the delivery of an Atlantean designer drug.  But even the impressive Wall Crawler bites off more than he can chew and an injured Paladin and a desperate Misty are the only ones that can rescue the hero from an old foe teamed with some very-very-very-very...yeah, very old foes.  I'm excited to see what comes next.  RECOMMENDED!

Slice Into the Woods

Reinjured - Awesome!  Great!  Sarcasm!  Dang I am sick of this.  After finally being on the mend, it seems that I have reinjured myself and spent another night attempting to sleep sitting upright to avoid the pain associated with such mundane tasks such as lying down, sneezing, coughing, burping or get this...breathing.  Yeah, not fun, but what hacks me off the most is that the lack of sleep has put me slightly behind in working on the kid's book and on getting a head start on this blog.  Stupid injuries.  Maybe I need a quick dose of Alloy 618 to get me back in shape by healing my back muscle and making me twenty years younger.  Ack.

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