The latest and greatest (or not-so-greatest) from my weekly bit of dipping into the comics pool. The water’s fine y’all.
Regular Show #1: (Kaboom!) Like Cartoon Network? Then I probably don’t even have to tell you how groovycool Regular Show #1 is. For those of you that are new to the adventures of Mordecai the Blue Jay and Rigby racoon, just know that whatever they do, they do with grace and style. Oh who am I kidding? They’re a mess, and it’s awesome to watch. In #1, they inadvertently start a mosh pit during an indie music fest, and figure out how to take a good picture on a roller coaster. I love the feel of this issue, as if it’s playing live in my head. No half-baked “based on a show” mess, Regular Show #1 is definitely a must-read for fans of the show, and for anyone who likes a little bit of weird-n-goofy. (4.5 out of 5)
Jim Balent’s Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #80: (Broadsword Comics) “Great! The storm’s blowing my clothes away!” Poor Jon Webb. If there’s any way to embarrass this poor bastard, it’s gonna happen. In this installment of what I like to think of as “the great Wiccan comic that is totally obsessed with boobies”, Jon and Raven are naked and running away from thunderbolts. Oh, and guess what, Jon? Raven and Tarot have been scrying, and they found a few doozies in your future. With all this skyclad-ness happening (the duo do manage to find their clothes at the end of the issue) it’s hard to remember what the storyline is. Add a few grammatical errors in the lettering, and you’ve got a beautiful issue that has a lot of style but very little substance. (3 out of 5)
Thanos Rising #3: (Marvel) As anyone who caught the end credits tidbit in The Avengers knows, alien baddie Thanos is definitely coming up in the world. His origin story has been coming along nicely as a part of the Marvel Now! relaunch. (I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of the “Deadpool fart pillow” variant cover of #1. Ima frame that bitch.) #3 continues the saga with the same amazing attention to detail and compelling storyline. Here, Thanos has lost the taste for killing that drove his childhood experiments, and can’t shake the love he has for his childhood companion that spurned him years ago. But he’ll soon realize you can’t shake who you are…. Jason Aaron has me completely hooked with his tale of a Titan searching for meaning in his life, and jaw-droppingly beautiful drawings by Simone Bianchi bring it all to glorious, bloody life. Pity there’s only two issues left in this fascinating miniseries. (4.5 out of 5)
Godzilla: Half-Century War: (IDW) I know, this isn’t a newbie. But I’m only just getting my grubby little paws on a copy, and it’s absolutely amazing. You like Kaiju? Who doesn’t. Well, you’ll find our favorite green radioactive beastie here, along with literally tons of his most popular adversaries, tied together by the story of Ota, a man who has witnessed (and fought) Godzilla for 50 years. The art here is a great mix of Western and Manga, thanks to the talented pencils of James Stokoe (who is also the creator of this fabulous story, btw). I love everything about this comic; the characters (my favorite: the AMF Mothra team — go hippies!), the alt-history spin, the shout-outs to Kaiju movie fans, the everything. Mark my words; Godzilla: Half-Century War will be on comic fans shelves right next to Watchmen and The Killing Joke. Seriously, if you don’t already have this in your library run — do not walk — to your local comic book store & grab it off the shelf. (5 out of 5)