Ghosted 6 (January 2014)

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Oh, good, Davide Gianfelice is a new artist on Ghosted. I was a little confused as the style is so different from the first arc. I thought it could be the same guy, just because Williamson’s doing such different things right off with this issue.

He’s not trying to device the reader in the same way. The unanswered questions are for the protagonist too this time. Presumably there will be some kind of subterfuge; the series is going to need surprises again at some point. And there are a couple little ones. Returning cast members, the way the lead, Jackson, travels from the tropics to Las Vegas. But Williamson is clearly trying a different approach.

Jackson has a case, adventure, undertaking, whatever. Even with his baggage, he’s in control differently. It’s like a soft reboot–Williamson has the pilot arc out of the way.

It’s not earth shattering, but good.

CREDITS

Writer, Joshua Williamson; artist, Davide Gianfelice; colorist, Miroslav Mrva; letterer, Rus Wooton; editor, Sean Mackiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

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Minimum Wage 3 (March 2014)

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I didn't really think Minimum Wage could ever be as good as this issue turns out. Fingerman has a single adventure for alter ego Rob. He gets dumped and fills in on a public access television puppet show and meets his childhood crush, the fetching ranger woman.

It goes places. It goes very odd places.

Fingerman spends a little time with Rob's living situation (with his mother) and quite a bit with a couple friends… not to mention the hilarious cab ride sequence where poor Rob gets to listen to the cabbie's bigoted ranting. Fingerman just gets in a lot of funny scenes and doesn't spend any time trying to develop the character.

Wage works like an extended comic strip, its characters too. They can't change too much or fast. They're funnier when they aren't developing as quickly as they would normally.

I've raised my hopes for Fingerman and Wage

CREDITS

Writer and artist, Bob Fingerman; publisher, Image Comics.

The Incredible Hulk 57 (September 2003)

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Here's Jones's problem, at least with this arc–he can't tell this story with the Hulk. So far it has little or nothing to do with the bigger conspiracy story, it's just about Bruce Banner getting involved with the Absorbing Man's ingenious plan to free himself and kill a bunch of innocent people in the process.

But Jones hasn't really established why Crusher Creel (the Absorbing Man) is fixated on the Hulk. They've fought before, but Jones gives them a Batman versus the Joker thing this issue and I realized… Jones is writing a DC story. He's not writing for the Hulk and its constraints, he's trying to fit it to match this story more suited for a DC comic.

No wonder it isn't working.

As for the art, Fernandez does okay. It's no longer visually compelling, just because the action is out of New York, but it's okay enough.

C 

CREDITS

Hide in Plain Sight, Part Three: A Mind of His Own; writer, Bruce Jones; artist, Leandro Fernandez; colorist, Steve Buccellato; letterer, Cory Petit; editors, Warren Simons, John Miesegaes and Axel Alonso; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Star Trek 31 (March 2014)

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This issue feels very much like a Star Wars approach to Trek. Not storytelling, but franchise stuff. Apparently there's a new character in the Into Darkness movie who has no memorable lines and isn't a familiar actor, but he's got an amazing story and the comic gets to reveal it.

It feels like when you only knew a Return of the Jedi character's story because of the fan club and action figure exclusives.

This new character is a living computer, which will undoubtedly some day make the Abrams continuity Data feel very not special. The issue opens with Johnson writing from his perspective, then moves into a flashback to explain things.

The flashback stuff isn't bad until it becomes clear where the story's going. For about five pages, the comic just feels like a decent "Star Trek" episode.

And I think Fajar's art has improved a little. A little helps.

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CREDITS

I, Enterprise, Part One; writer, Mike Johnson; artist, Erfan Fajar; colorists, Ifansyah Noor and Sakti Yuwono; letterer, Robbie Robbins; editor, Sarah Gaydos; publisher, IDW Publishing.

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