Loyal minions! ‘Tis I, Kat Curtis, PODCASTER EXTRAORDINAIRE. Okay,maybe I’m not a podcaster extraordinaire, but you know who DOES deserve that title? Jeff Moss and Donnie Coulter over atThe Watchtower. I made my recent visit to those guys last night, and we talked about -what else?- comic books. I need to visit those guys more often, they’re rad and I always have so much fun on their show. We’re banding together to create a super-secret project that I can’t tell you guys about yet, but it’s going to be amazing and you loyal minions get to have YOUR say! Hooray!So if you go visit the podcast, you’ll see that we touched on a few comics in the Forecast that are coming out this week. Well, I wanted to give a more elaborate review on a few of them:
First up, SPIDERMAN PRESENTS: BLACK CAT #1.
Poor Felicia Hardy. You’ve had a rough life, not only in how you’re treated in the comics, but how you’re treated as a character. Well, it turns out Felicia’s bad luck continues with this story: the writing is alright, but the art is AWFUL and takes the book to almost unreadable levels. Considering this is coming off of a decidedly un-badass turn in Marvel Divas, I think the Black Cat has used up too many of her nine lives lately. I think you should lay low for a while, Felicia, and wait for a writer and artist that know how to handle you again.
I’ve been raving about this title since issue 1. Kathryn Immonen is SUCH a good writer…blending action, exposition, passion and her unique brand of offbeat comedy seamlessly. The art is gorgeous, and I’m LOVING Hellcat right now. (I never thought I’d ever say those words!) This series continues to be a must-read.
BIRDS OF PREY: ISSUE 2:
Gail Simone continues to be one of my favorite writers as we see the entire world being turned against the Birds in this phenomenal issue. Who is the White Canary? Why is she so hell-bent on destroying our girls? Gail’s incredible storytelling will have you on the edge of your seat, and Ed Benes’ sexy art will have you drooling. This is a gorgeous, well-written book.
The saga of Rose Red is revealed in this backstory. I love the art, and Willingham isn’t so much a writer as he is a master craftsman of tales. Plus, it’s great to see a character I’ve always felt for, Rose Red, experience some long-awaited self-actualization.
And our last look today, CROSSED: FAMILY VALUES #2.
I have to confess, I was worried about this series when it was announced. I LOVED the original CROSSED, and I mean, who can outdo Ennis when it comes to dark and f—ed up? I admit, I hadn’t heard of David Lapham before, so I wasn’t sure of his cred.
I needn’t have worried. FAMILY VALUES is a twisted, well-written book that completely pushes every boundary, every button, defies every taboo there is. Lapham has been incredibly creative, and the last page of the book is a visual punch-to-the-gut that I’m sure would make Ennis proud. We also see foreshadowing that we might find out a little bit more regarding this strange plague that has turned most of the world into the Crossed, the monsters of perversion and destruction that the book centers around. I’m really excited for issue 3.
Wow, some amazing new titles came out this week? What did YOU guys read?
And hey, remember that my interview with Questionable Content‘s Jeph Jeques will air on Naked News tomorrow. I will be naked. Jeph will not. Also, news about the “Space Jockey” from the Alien movies, and Ryan Sohmer’s new comic! Click the link and sign up. See you there!