Maestros 1 (October 2017)

Maestros #1

“You know, I’m sorry but, I didn’t mention it earlier but actually I preferred to be called Maestro.”

How can you not think of “The Maestro” just a little in Maestros, which is about an obnoxious wizard king who rules fantasyland. Earth is just a magic-less world created to amuse those who have magic. And the Maestro visited modern day (or close enough) Earth and there he did become bewitched with a fetching Earth woman and take her to be his bride he did.

A son was born. And now, in the future, the son–never intended for the throne–will be king.

And there’s some awesome gory art from Steve Skroce. His writing is good too, but he’s mostly just going for comedy. Not low brow comedy but somewhere in the middle. The jokes hint at depth and back story and they do keep things moving. This first issue doesn’t just have major action sequences and well-paced dialogue exchanges, it also kicks off a flashback into the already introduced leads, the Earth woman and her son.

The monsters are awesome. Everyone’s hair looks fantastic. Skroce gets lost just the right amount in detail; he never lets it go too far. The story comes first. And the story means to amuse.

Maestros is off to an excellent start; it should be fine so long as Skroce never lets the art falter.

CREDITS

Writer and artist, Steve Skroce; colorist, Dave Stewart; letterer, Fonografiks; publisher, Image Comics.

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Spy Seal 3 (October 2017)

Spy Seal #5

Spy Seal continues to be a precious, precise delight. Spy Seal and Kes continue their mission with Seal’s crush just getting more and more intense. It doesn’t help their mission has he and Kes’s cover a married couple, leading not just to mission essential necking, but also figuring out the sleeping arrangements.

Tommaso does his big action in small panels. He does the precise, thin lined European backdrops. Spy Seal is a special book, with Tommaso letting the art style determine how the narrative reads but not how it progresses.

It’s great. And, unfortunately, it’s almost over.

The Corten-Steel Phoenix; writer and artist, Rich Tommasi; publisher, Image Comics.

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