Category Archive: Avatar

War Stories 6 (February 2015)

I’ve got a suggestion for Ennis and Avatar on their War Stories. One issue stories, a decent artist a issue. No more guys like Aira, who can’t even hold together the perspective on… Continue reading

Crossed + One Hundred 3 (February 2015)

For this issue of Crossed, Moore goes nice and calm. He brings his explorers back to their home and lets all the things they’ve learned settle in. What’s so disconcerting–but not bad–about One… Continue reading

War Stories 5 (January 2015)

I wonder how this issue would be with a decent artist. Not even a good artist, just a decent one. One who clearly doesn’t have the time he needs to get the issue… Continue reading

Crossed + One Hundred 2 (December 2014)

Moore takes the comic to Graceland–sans Elvis cameo–because even though Moore has a lot of pop culture references in Crossed, they’re never cheap. They’re never too obvious, they’re never forced. A few of… Continue reading

War Stories 4 (December 2014)

Garth Ennis goes somewhat modern with the latest War Storiese arc, jumping to the late sixties and the story of an Israeli tank commander. He’s got a flashback to WWII, with the same… Continue reading

Crossed + One Hundred 1 (November 2014)

Who would have thought Crossed + One Hundred wouldn’t just be good, but would be some really strong mainstream stuff from Alan Moore. He gets to create a language–future English–which undoubtedly gave him… Continue reading

War Stories 3 (November 2014)

If Ennis had just started out with the story he finishes telling in this issue, it would have been a much more satisfying story arc. He doesn’t want to seem too sentimental, I… Continue reading

War Stories 2 (October 2014)

There’s something slightly off about the second issue of War Stories. Keith Burns’s art isn’t great, but it’s all right and Ennis’s script is strong enough to get over any visual bumps. Except… Continue reading

War Stories 1 (September 2014)

Garth Ennis is back with more war stories–this time appropriately titled War Stories–and he’s off to an excellent start. The first arc of the new series has him covering an American flier in… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 6 (May 2014)

Garth Ennis just made me cry. Jerk. I’m not sure Red Rover Charlie has the most honest finish, but it has the finish the series needs. Ennis manages to reward the reader–which he… Continue reading

Caliban 2 (April 2014)

The beginning of the issue is slightly better than I expected. Not because Ennis has any good characters, but because he handles the scene with the big alien laboratory pretty well. There are… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 5 (March 2014)

Ennis sure does like going out on an ominous ending with this one. It’s somewhere between a hard and soft cliffhanger; maybe a soft-boiled one. He hints at disaster earlier too, rather blatantly.… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 4 (February 2014)

Ennis utilizes a very effective device this issue–he has such a great last scene, it overrides the issue’s problem. What problem? Three things happen the entire issue. One of the friends tries cooking… Continue reading

Caliban 1 (March 2014)

Oh, good, Garth Ennis wants to try his hand at derivative sci-fi. Caliban takes place on a ship traveling through warpspace–which sounds a lot more “realistic” than hyperspace or warp… wait, never mind.… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 3 (January 2014)

Every once in a while, Garth Ennis must decide he has to do something to remind everyone how thoroughly raunchy he can get. Unlike a lot of his recent work, his raunchy moment… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 2 (December 2013)

Ennis brings in the cats. The hisspots. I can’t spoil the twists and turns with them, but he does a great job with it. He ends the issue on a very melancholy note… Continue reading

Rover Red Charlie 1 (November 2013)

I was sort of expecting Rover Red Charlie to be a Crossed spin-off. It’s Garth Ennis doing a story where people go nuts and start killing each other in awful ways. Why not… Continue reading

God Is Dead 1 (August 2013)

God Is Dead is godawful. The comic’s concept is simple–the ancient, mythological gods return to Earth in the present day and wreck havoc. Zeus, Odin (writers Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa are gleeful… Continue reading

The Extinction Parade 2 (August 2013)

Oh, the two lead girls–and the sidekick doesn’t die yet, Brooks is holding off on it–are East Asian. It wasn’t clear last issue. I guess Caceres’s art failings do have more repercussions than… Continue reading

The Extinction Parade 1 (May 2013)

The Extinction Parade has such a timely gimmick I can’t believe no one got to it already–vampires versus zombies. Even though writer Max Brooks doesn’t do the full reveal here, he’s pacing himself… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 10 (May 2013)

What a bad last issue. Poor Percio ends up doing something like four to eight panels a page to get all the story done and he doesn’t work well under pressure. Lots and… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 9 (April 2013)

Well, Tomboy finally gets a proper name. But no lines. Lines aren’t important for anyone but the evil ladies working the clothes factory this issue. And the custodian girl gets a few scenes.… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 8 (March 2013)

More problems. Doll goes back to her old neighborhood and Tomboy shows her how everything has changed. Only Johnston–and Moore, he doesn’t get off the hook for this one–never showed how it was… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 7 (February 2013)

Percio gets Fashion Beast’s most thankless task… trying to make the characters act. With Johnston sticking to Moore’s dialogue and apparently unwilling to make it fit the comic medium better, Percio’s actually the… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 6 (January 2013)

The next big twist is predictable. It just had to work out the way it does–I guess there was one other alternative but Moore and company had done enough with gender. It makes… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 5 (December 2012)

And this issue has another big twist. It’s hard to guess whether there are any more coming up or if the big surprises only come before the halfway mark. It’s hard to see… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 4 (November 2012)

Besides Moore’s dialogue, the issue’s got nothing going. It’s four conversations with Johnston inserting filler between them. Doll and Tomboy argue about the outfit. Doll ends up seeing the boss about it. Tomboy… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 3 (October 2012)

Ah ha, big plot twist this issue. Wonder if I should even mention it. No. The comic picks up from last issue with Doll running away from the mean lesbian (who doesn’t even… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 2 (September 2012)

See, there you go, I had no idea the protagonist–her name’s Doll–worked at a nightclub. I thought she was working for the fashion guy, but no. Big fail from Johnston on that one.… Continue reading

Fashion Beast 1 (August 2012)

Given how much effort Alan Moore puts into his comic scripts–instructions to the artist for each panel, for example–one can easily tell he’s not writing Fashion Beast. Antony Johnston is–I assume–using Moore’s dialogue,… Continue reading