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Monday, February 14, 2005

Single-Panel Reviews 2/14/05

Samurai Heaven and Earth #2
Script by Ron Marz; Art by Luke Ross
Dark Horse Comics $2.99

This book is just as stunning as issue number one. Ross really outdoes himself on every page. Our hero Asukai Shiro continues to search for his love Lady Yoshiko. He hasn't found her yet and his journey is taking him to Europe. Marz's writing is spectacular and it's the most beautiful book of the year.

Bottom Line: A

Beyond Avalon #1
Written by Joe Pruett; Art by Goran Sudzuka
Image Comics $2.95

Beyond Avalon is the story of young princess Megan growing up on Avalon, a utopian island society. One day Megan's dad leaves the island without so much as a reason why. Megan questions this decision and eventually sets out on a journey of her own. I wasn't impressed with the book. It's not that it is bad, but it just wasn't my style. The fantasy inspired story was slow moving and the dialog was a bit juvenile. It would be great for younger readers.

Bottom Line: C+

Pigtale #1
Story and art by Ovi Nedelcu
Image Comics $2.95

Boston Booth is a down on his luck college graduate struggling to find work as a private investigator. He goes on a date with his dream girl only to have it interrupted by an explosion at a lab that makes chips to allow animals to speak. The book gets off to a great start and has fantastic pacing. Booth is a great character that is very likeable. I'm interested in how the story will play out and number two should open up the story even more.

Bottom Line: B

Amazing Joy Buzzards #1
Story by Mark Anderson Smith; Art by Dan Hipp
Image Comics $2.95

This book is crazy amounts of fun. British rock band the Amazing Joy Buzzards fight a giant pink robot. If that's not enough to get you interested, there is no hope for you. The book is hilarious, fast-paced, and almost in need of ADD medication. Bottom Line: B+


  • At 4:40 PM, February 14, 2005, Blogger Brian Cronin said…

    I agree that I think Pigtale will soon get really interesting (and the art is awesome), but I dunno...I am sooo not a fan of "nothing happening in the first issue but setup."

  • At 9:12 AM, February 15, 2005, Blogger Kerry said…

    Good point Brian. It was a lot of set-up, but I'm a huge fan of cute talking animal, so just that last page was enough to set my heart a-flutter.

  • At 1:23 PM, February 15, 2005, Blogger Brian Cronin said…

    Hehe...the last page WAS classic.

    Now imagine how MORE classic it would have been if something had happened in the first 20-odd pages!


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