The Terminator (1988)

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What a very strange adaptation of The Terminator. It was originally published as single panels, one a day (as a promotion in Hungary), which makes a lot of sense. The panels do look a little like trading card snapshots of the film.

Without all the text–or maybe with just less of it (adapter Attila Fazekas just took lengthy dialogue and squeezed it into half of his panels)–the comic would be better. It’s a curiosity, but it definitely makes one want to watch the film again. Fazekas does a fairly good job; he’s not doing anything sequential as much as the snapshots as I mentioned before.

He does rather well fitting a lot of information into one of these panels. For instance, when the Terminator is killing Linda Hamilton’s friend (or has just killed her), the boyfriend’s off in the background. Fazekas knows how to compress.

It’s definitely peculiar.

C 

CREDITS

Writer and artist, Attila Fazekas.

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The Saviors 2 (January 2014)

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Thanks to the double page spreads, this issue has something like seventeen pages of story. Only most of it is action stuff with the stoner lead on the run for the sheriff. Only the sheriff is now a flying dragon alien.

Bone’s art is fine, but not the right style for an all-action issue. Worse, when Robinson does take a break, he pretty much just mimics scenes from Terminator movies. He’s hinted at some original ideas–like the alien invaders are psycho environmentalists–but none of them come through enough to make a difference.

It’s the second issue and all Robinson’s promises for the next one is more unoriginal answers and more chasing. Maybe at some point The Saviors will get interesting, but it seems a long way off with Robinson taking every diversion he can.

A faster pace and less grandiose panel layout would help things a lot.

C 

CREDITS

Writer, James Robinson; artist and letterer, J. Bone; publisher, Image Comics.

Detective Comics 563 (June 1986)

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Finally, a villain Moench can write–he does a great job with Two-Face this issue, just great. It makes up for Batman not really having a story. He and Catwoman are out on case, there’s something mysterious going on with Jerry Hall. Sorry, Circe.

Meanwhile, Jason is ready to tell some girl he goes to school with all about Robin. As disastrously bad as Moench writes this particular character arc–all the anti-drug messages really make me miss Jason and Nocturna’s awkward, but at least ambitious, doomed relationship. Anyway, as bad as Moench writes Jason in high school… it’s nothing compared to how Colan pencils him. Jason’s this fat little cherub. Maybe Smith was overextended and couldn’t ink properly.

Generally okay art otherwise. Not great Colan, but decent.

Cavalieri tells the Green Arrow backup through flashbacks to cut down on action. It’s lame but Moore’s pencils are breathtaking.

B 

CREDITS

Free Faces; writer, Doug Moench; penciller, Gene Colan; inker, Bob Smith; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, John Costanza. Green Arrow, Winner and Still Champion; writer, Joey Cavalieri; penciller, Jerome Moore; inker, Dell Barras; colorist, Jeanine Casey; letterer, Bob Lappan. Editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

Furious 1 (January 2014)

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I obviously haven’t been getting enough Darwyn Cooke and Cameron Stewart lately because they were the first styles I thought of seeing Furious. It’s not like Victor Santos is particularly similar to either style–his figures are sharper against the backgrounds–but the tone is the same. It looks fun, but it’s serious.

Bryan J.L. Glass has a big surprise for the finish, but it’s one the reader really needs to pay attention to get. The gimmick is a superhero treated like Lindsay Lohan by the media, but it’s an empty one compared to what Glass and Santos are actually going for. They’re rather ambitious here.

But Glass and Santos are often too ambitious, they want to get too much into the issue–and Glass has very deliberate, if sometimes tiring, plotting. They don’t take enough time to transition.

Furious has a lot going for it, if no one fumbles.

B 

CREDITS

Fallen Star, Part One, Life’s a Bitch; writer, Bryan J.L. Glass; artist, Victor Santos; letterer, Nate Piekos; editor, Jim Gibbons; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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