Storytelling Is Not Dead: New Comic Book Day 13

Please check out my previous Storytelling posts here.  And my 365 Reviews here.

It’s Wednesday!  That means new comic book day.  I have not reviewed new comics on a Wednesday in a while, but it’s Christmas break, so why not?

The number of new issues today was scant being the holiday week, so I got three issues for you today: one from last week, one from this week, and a new non-#1 that’s keeping me reading!

Klaus and the Crying Snowman from BOOM! Studios

Written by Grant Morrison; Illustrated by Dan Mora

This one-shot came out last week, but being the day after Christmas and all, how can I not review the latest installment of Morrison’s Klaus?  If you are familiar with the Klaus mini-series, but love Santa and the beating up of baddies, I’d check them out.  A buff Santa traveling the lands…with a wolf…correcting injustices, is what we all need.

This particular one-shot follows Klaus and a strange band of heroes, including a Snowman looking for peace and redemption, as they attempt to defend the Earth from a massive once-ever-1,500-year threat.

The art is wonderfully colorful and detailed in typical Klaus fashion.  The over-sized issue is complex and enjoyable.  And everything is wrapped up in time to (spoiler alert) save Christmas.

 

maneaters: Cat Fight from Image Comics

Written by Chelsea Cain; Art by Lia Miternique and Stella Greenvoss

maneaters is a title that I’ve been reading since day one.  I love it.  Satirical and clever with beautiful art and interesting storytelling bridges, maneaters asks…how do men protect themselves from women turning into giant cats as their period hits?

It’s social commentary in response to #himtoo: a movement that spawned from fear of men being the targets of false sexual allegations.  At least that’s what I take it as.  And it’s very well done.

I know that this is not a #1, BUT while it is issue #4, it is a one-shot of sorts, masking itself as a copy of a magazine entitled Cat Fight: “A Boy’s Guide To Dangerous Cats.”  It’s basically attempts to keep boys and men safe from dangerous women.  There are articles, ads, quizzes, etc.  Some of it is really good.  If I’m being honest, I think a few of the jokes run a little long, and I’d like to see more variety in the issue as a whole, but that’s me nitpicking.

I love the creativity of this book, and this one-shot issue #4 is my pick of the week giving Image Comics its 4th publisher point of this series!

 

Marvel Action Avengers from Marvel and IDW

Written by Matthew K. Manning; Illustrated by Jon Sommariva; Colors by Protobunker

So IDW got the rights to publish the cartoon Avengers comic, and #1 came out today.

The art is very much cartoony.  Although, when the action gets moving, some of it is slightly confusing; this may be in part to the art, but it might also be a combination of the pacing of the action scenes.  The storyline is simple enough: Tony Stark and his suit get kidnapped by a organization called A.I.M. while the rest of the Avengers fight Madame Masque and TheU-Foes, who seem to be agents of A.I.M.

It’s OK.  I’d say a bit too kiddie for an adult, and a bit confusing (mostly in the art) for a kid new to the medium.  I don’t know whom this book is for, and that’s a bit of a problem, but the heroes look fun.

 

At the end of these posts, I’m keeping a running list of the “Best of the Four” publisher wins!  Here you go.  Thirteen weeks in…

BOOM! Studios: 2

Image: 4

Archie Comics: 1

Dark Horse Comics: 1

Marvel: 1

IDW: 2

Vault: 1

Shout out to my shop, Alternate Reality located at 111th and Kedzie in beautiful Downtown Mt. Greenwood, Chicago…where I get all of my new books.  Check them out if you are in the Chicagoland area.  Tell Tim that Eric sent ya!

Happy reading!

Eric

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