We were introduced to these parallel worlds and their parallel heroes in THE WRONG EARTH, where those heroes crossed over into each other’s worlds. This seems to take place before that, so we have two storylines with similar devilish villains and themes, but no crossing over. At least so far. The contrasts between the grim and gritty Earth Omega and the light and happy Earth Alpha are fun, as are the very different relationships between each hero and his teen partner, but I do feel the crossover aspect of the first series made it more interesting. Still, I enjoyed reading this, and will see where it goes. The art by Peter Krause, the only new creator, is fine, and works well. The backup articles are interesting, I learned a few things.
Ahoy’s unusual anthology mixing horror and humor is having a great second season. The cover of this issue is an entertaining homage to the first appearance of Superman, in case you didn’t catch it right away, and of course, has nothing to do with what’s in the issue.
The lead story is a loose adaptation of Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm” by Tom Peyer and Gregg Scott with colors by Lee Loughridge and letters by Rob Steen. A scientist is delving into the language of earthworms, and has uncovered their scheme for ruling humanity. Meanwhile, his daughter has brought a partner for his blessing on their wedding. When the scientist becomes a giant worm himself…well, you can imagine the rest.
The backup story is another in a brilliant series now titled “The Monster Serials,” with this one being “The Leprechaun King.” Mark Russell’s fine script and Peter Snejbjerg’s great art, again lettered by Steen, have all the earmarks of classic Universal monster movies, and is quite chilling until you realize most of the characters are drawn from mascots of well-known breakfast cereals.
Both stories are a hoot. Hunt Emerson’s two-pager is a valued bonus. Recommended.
In the second part of “The Crown,” Dora finds herself trapped in a house with a wealthy man on life support, a man who tore her down in the past. The house is both high tech and full of magic. She also finds out more about her own true nature, and from a computer program, more about what’s really going on in The Dreaming. The nature and persona of the computer program is the last and perhaps most interesting revelation.
I like the art of Marguerite Sauvage in this issue, though it does tend to look more like fashion design than comics to me in some places, and her vision of Dora is rather different than Bilquis Evely’s. Still, the storytelling and drama are well done in a challenging issue where not much physical movement is going on.
This is the Saturday Night Live of comics, back when it was funny. Not content to wreak havoc in Metropolis, Jimmy is now extending his chaos to Batman’s Gotham City. Batman is not amused with Olsen live blog events like “How Many Jokers Can We Fit Inside This Frozen Yogurt Shop Before Batman Notices?” Continuing as a series of vignettes, several in the issue also focus on Bruce Wayne/Batman with amusing clarity. The Bat’s attempts at humor are priceless. Back in Metropolis, Jimmy’s scheme for avoiding trouble by staging his own funeral blow up…literally. And in olden day Metropolis, star-crossed lovers from the Olsen and Luthor feuding families attempt to get married. In Gotham, we also meet Jimmy’s goth sister Janey for more laughs.
I am really having a good time reading this series. Recommended.
I received this trade paperback collecting the first four issues of the LIVEWIRE series at the ‘Ringo Awards. I don’t follow Valiant comics, having read only one previous collection, and this one did not give me an easy way to get up to speed. There is a brief bio of the character, but the story jumps into a continuity that obviously happened in some other series, but that’s never identified or made clear. Despite that, I enjoyed the writing and the art.
Amanda McKee is a psiot (hero with mental powers) known as Livewire, who can control any digital device or system. Apparently she and her friends were put in a corner by the U.S. Government, and to allow them to escape, Livewire shut down the entire electrical grid for the country. This caused a number of deaths from various causes. Now the psiots are on the run, and when Amanda tries to gather her psiot friends in a safe location, she finds they too want nothing more to do with her because of her actions. Soon Amanda is being hunted by another superhuman who has powers equalling her own, and she finds herself captured, powerless, and in more trouble than she’s ever imagined.