Airboy 1 (June 2015)

Airboy #1

Remember James Robinson? He wrote a bunch of DC comics recently–according to himself in his new series, Airboy, no one liked. Everyone liked his Golden Age or retro stuff from the nineties. It’s a shame he didn’t have the stones to talk about when he said his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the movie) was better than League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic book).

Airboy is about Robinson (the comic book’s writer) and Greg Hinkle (the comic’s artist) trying to make a new version of Airboy. Is the comic true? Probably not. I can’t imagine Image soliciting creators for an Airboy relaunch and Robinson and Hinkle would probably be dead from all the drugs they do in the comic.

It’s okay. Hinkle’s got a nice style and great attention to detail (I loved when Robinson looked out his window for traffic) but, so far, it’s one note and incredibly derivative.

CREDITS

Writer, James Robinson; artist, Greg Hinkle; publisher, Image Comics.

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Birthright 7 (May 2015)

Birthright #7

Well, Williamson turns in another fine issue of Birthright. I just wish they were all either this fine or I’d even take it a little less fine. Just so it’d be a steady read, because I don’t like feeling iffy on a series.

The story is good, he just doesn’t always tell it the same way. He misses out on where the story works–the characters’ relationships. He’s treating that aspect of the story as the McGuffin, when it’s really the other thing. This issue seems like he’s figured it out.

It’s like he realized he could only cry wolf so many times and he’s finally gotten over it.

There’s some good character development and some amusing scenes. Birthright always feels a little too fast a read, but Williamson gets a bunch of stuff done. Bressan’s good on the art, as always. Even gets to do some superhero-like stuff.

CREDITS

Writer, Joshua Williamson; artist, Andrei Bressan; colorist, Adriano Lucas; letterer, Pat Brosseau; editors, Mike Williamson and Sean Mackiewicz; publisher, Image Comics.

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