-Air #2

by G. Willow Wilson & M.K. Perker, Vertigo Comics

When I reviewed Air #1 in my video blog, I commented that while entertaining, the story is also confusing and convoluted. Unfortunately, not much changes in the second issue. I like the book, but I still don’t have a sense of where it’s going as more questions pop up instead of answers. Like what’s the deal with Zayne and who the heck does he work for?

M.K. Perker does a good job with the art. The main character, Blythe, looks far hotter than she did in issue #1, and the continuity with her bruised eye didn’t go unnoticed. My favorite aspect of G. Willow WIlson’s writing is the developing love story between Blythe and Zayne. It’s very ‘love at first sight’ and I can run with that. …What, I like love stories.

In this issue we get a better look at the supporting cast, which includes an obnoxious punk rocker and a sagacious old woman. And while I still have no idea what the McGuffin is yet, at least I now know who the bad guys are. Hopefully come issue #3 the plot will become clearer and the air more breathable.

“The Highest Emotion is not love. It is longing.” – Mrs. Battacharya

3/5 stars

-Fables #76

by Bill Willingham & Michael Allred, Vertigo Comics

I knew we were in for an overload of exposition following the climactic events of issue #75, but I wasn’t prepared for it to be so lame. Essentially Fables #76 focuses on Geppetto adapting to life in Fabletown and the residents’ reaction to his presence there. It gets tiresome seeing Fables from the Homelands voice their anger at Geppetto for being granted amnesty throughout the entire issue. We also get the exhilerating priveledge of seeing him experience modern day technology for the first time. Make no doubt about it, there is nothing exciting about watching Geppetto learn what a car is.

I didn’t like Michael Allred’s depiction of Pinnochio. He looked too childlike, which is drastically different from what we’re used to, and it was jarring. I also wasn’t a fan of how the major character who died in issue #75 wasn’t even mentioned.

Fables tops my list of titles currently being published, but this issue was flat out boring and did not appeal to me. Don’t let this deter you from getting into the series, however, as this issue was uncharacteristically bad. Plus, now would be a great jumping on point for new readers.

2/5 stars

-Resurrection #6

by Marc Guggenheim & David Dumeer, Oni Press

This title needs a pulse before it dies a slow, disappointing death. Complete in black and white, Resurrection is essentially The Walking Dead except with aliens instead of zombies. The story is about a handful of humans who have survived an eight year occupation of Earth from the alien ‘bugs’. Yes, it sounds cool but this issue was the final in the opening story arc, and it lacked anything that could be considered climactic. I mean, when in the hell are we going to see aliens do some evil stuff? And who is this dude in a cape compete with his own Batcave!?

Ignoring the fact that Resurrection is never released on time, Oni publishes the book on a ‘bi-monthly’ basis, which is a total momentum killer. It’s too easy for the reader to lose interest and forget what exactly is going on… and it allows for more time wondering when we’ll get to see aliens kill stuff!

On the whole Resurrection has been a decent read, despite issue #6. Stick with the title as it is expected to make the shift to color, hopefully making a mass resurrection of readers unnecessary.

2/5 stars

-X-Force #7

by Craig Kyle/Christopher Yost & Mike Choi, Marvel Comics

Let’s end this One Hitter on a good note.

X-Force is wasting no time in becoming one of the best X-Books currently being published. The combined talent of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost make for an engaging story, containing unexpected twists and turns that don’t come off as gimmicky. The dialogue sets the mood for this team of X-Men who need to get their hands dirty in order to preserve the future of the human race. To quote Cyclops:

“We’re entering new territory, and it’s dark. But we’re still the good guys.”

New territory indeed, as Cyclops makes it clear that killing is no longer an option that the X-Men can overlook.

New comer to the title, Mike Choi, provides for some awesome art. He uses a unique blurring effect to put the focus on the primary action of a panel. It is highly effective and comes off in a very cinematic way. To boot, Choi’s characters look their age and he draws his women beautifully, especially their faces.

So what else makes X-Force #7 kick ass? Well, let me run down the list for you: Archangel and Wolfsbane freak out, a handful of former ‘New X-Men’ join the team, someone comes back from the dead, and a villain that first appeared way back in Uncanny X-Men #2 resurfaces for the first time in years. To quote Wolverine:

“Come again?”

Come again indeed. Pick up this series, it’s bad ass.

5/5 stars