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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Single-Panel Reviews: 9/15/2005

Serenity #1
Story by Joss Wedon and Brett Matthews; Script by Brett Matthews; Art by Will Conrad; Colors by Laura Martin; Letters by Michael Heisler
Dark Horse Comics, $2.99

I discovered Firefly after its premature cancellation by picking up the DVDs from Netflix. Soon, I found myself on Amazon purchasing the set, because I knew I would watch the episodes over and over again. I’ve introduced my friends and family to the show and, of course, am eager to see the Serenity movie in but a few short weeks. It comes as no surprise then, that I adore the first issue of the Serenity comic. Conrad captures the essence of each character in his art keeping them all recognizable. Most importantly though, Matthews’s script keeps each character’s lexicon and patterns of speech intact. Firefly fans will love this comic as it feels just like an episode of the show. At the same time, new readers shouldn’t have a hard time understanding the comic. It serves as a good introduction and allows the reader to pick up the flavor of the show (and, with luck, the movie) before even seeing an episode.

Bottom Line: A

Banana Sunday #1
Written Root Nibot; Illustrated by Colleen Coover
Oni Press Inc., $2.99

Kirby Sunday is about to go to her first day at a new high school. If that weren’t unnerving enough, she is attending Forest Edge High with three intelligent monkeys that have been reportedly raised and trained by her scientist father. The monkeys not only speak English, but are well-versed in the ways of man. The series gets off to a good start in book one as the Kirby and the monkeys adjust to their new surroundings. It is a fun story with great art by Coover and funny dialog from Nibot. Each primate has a different crazy personality trait that exasperates Kirby and makes for lots of hijinx.

Bottom Line: B

Mr. T #1
Written by Chris Bunting; Pencils by Neil Edwards; Inks by Randy Emberlin; Colors by Don Mackinnon; Creative Supervisor: Mr. T
AP Comics Ltd., $3.50

Initially I was pretty excited by this book. It is the return of Mr. T after all. Oh, I’ve missed him so. Problem is, the book isn’t all that great. The goodly Mr. T has been framed for some heinous crime and has gone into hiding. Unfortunately this leaves the city to be overrun by criminals touting a new drug Shaz-8. The story so far is pretty obvious. Although perhaps I should have expected a run-of-the-mill T story, I was definitely hoping for something a little more edgy and updated. Beyond a good dose of nostalgia the book leaves much to be desired.

Bottom Line: C

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