Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Treasures From The ComiCombs

Welcome back! Last week, I had some cool picks that might be hard to top but I think I have just the books to do so. I also gave you my first impressions on The Nail and Bigfoot, both by the creative team of Steve Niles and Rob Zombie. This week I’ll tell you which one is collection worthy so read on to find out.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde(Classics Illustrated)

Writer –Robert Louis Stevenson

Artist – Lou Cameron

In 1941 Classics Illustrated began publishing comic adaptations of literary classics. This week we get a reprint of issue #13 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. This is a great way to get reacquainted with this classic story.

Harrow County #10 (Dark Horse)

Writer – Cullen Bunn

Artist – Tyler Crook

Harrow County has been a consistently good read thus far and issue #10 looks to continue with more creepy goodness. “A malevolent serpent sows madness and malice into the town's residents, and there's only one way to stop it. But the shadowy Lovely Belfont's motivations are far from pure, and an alliance could spell doom for Bernice and the entirety of the town.”

The Dark an Bloody #2 (Vertigo)

Writer-Shawn Aldridge

Artist- Scott Godlewski

The Dark and Bloody had a pretty good setup in issue #1. I really like the setting in this book and issue #2 looks promising. This is only a 6 issue series so this book has a lot get through in the next few issues but, judging by how it started, I'm expecting it to be a solid read all the way through. “Something evil is lurking in the woods, and Armed Forces veteran Iris Gentry is pretty sure it's laying in wait to punish him for his past sins. Given his current job running illegal liquor, he can't turn to the law for help, and they probably wouldn't believe him anyway. That leaves Iris all alone to defend his family when the malevolence shows up on his doorstep wearing a familiar face.”

Last week I put two new books up against each other, Bigfoot and The Nail. My first impression with these books were both positive but after finishing them, I have a clear winner, Bigfoot.

Bigfoot by Steve Niles and Rob Zombie (IDW)

The Nail started off strong and I really liked the introduction of his (The Nail) character. While I liked the story and the ending was cool, it didn’t capitalize on the aging wrestler angle well enough to make the finl panel have as much impact as intended. It started off at a good pace but quickly raced to the ending without much development of the Nail. The art was inconsistent and I found myself backtracking through some of the panels on more than one occasion in attempts to make sense of and fill in the gaps between panels.

Bigfoot started off very strong and kept a great pace all the way through to the end. Though Richard Corbens art isn’t ultra realistic, it fits perfectly with this book. Unlike The Nail, Bigfoot had no gaps between the panels and everything flowed nicely from one to the next. Every panel with Bigfoot in it was terrifying and the deaths in this book were brutal. 

A good novel gives you plenty of information to paint a picture in your head. When reading a comic everything is already laid out in front of you. The challenge with comics is getting the art to work hand in hand with the writing and flow naturally. The creative team of Steve Niles, Rob Zombie and Richard Corbin did everything right in this book. Bigfoot is an awesome read with a satisfying ending. Pick this one up, it’s definitely collection worthy. 

That’s it for this week. Make sure to check back here next week for my picks and two new books going head to head!

-Creature of the ComiCombs

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