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New Comic Reviews 10/9/14- Trendy Bats, Super Fangasim, and Witches!

Another week, another batch of new comics! And this week was a lot of stuff I’ve been eagerly waiting for, so lets get started!

Batgirl # 35 

Writers: Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher

Artist: Babs Tarr

Colors: Maris Wicks

Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Cover Art: Cameron Stewart

And so the much talked about new Batgirl creative team makes its debut, and boy do they come out of the gate swinging.

The story follows Barbara as she moves to the young and hip sister city of Gotham, Burnside. After a fire destroys her gear and costume (and finding out that someone stole her laptop and other’s phones at a party) Bab’s dons a cute new costume and sets out to deal with it the only way she knows how. The writing for this new Batgirl is very refreshing. It has a very lighthearted, but adult style to it. Bab’s herself is portrayed much perkier and upbeat in comparison to the previous run. And the villain for this issue was pretty out of the box. Riot Black isn’t a supervillain, nor is he trying to rob banks, take over the town, ect. He’s simply a crude a-hole who runs a social media site and dance club that posts people’s private and secret thoughts and information and embarrassing pictures for the cruel amusement of others, hiring lackeys to steal laptops,phones, and other devices around town for their information. Black is a very relevant villain right now. With the net being used to post people’s personal information or pictures to embarrass or ridicule others, regardless if it would ruin someone’s life or reputation, is a very serious topic that I see the writers wanting to cover. Riot Black is a high-tech surrogate for the apathetic gossip creep looking to hurt others for their own amusement.

The artwork for this comic so so unique and cartoony. Its got a lot of charm to it, but it does pose a bit of a problem in one area: How Babs is drawn. To showcase this, below are two stills from the old and new issues. On the left is Barbara drawn by the old artist, and on the right is Barbara drawn by the new artist:

Batgirl-Old Art Batgirl-New Art

 

The problem is Babs looks MUCH younger than she’s supposed to be (she’s like 25-26). This happened in the issue as well with Black Canary showing up and looking like she was 18. However its not that much of a problem for me. For others, it might.

All in all, this is a very fresh and upbeat new direction for Batgirl, and I once again have another reason to stick with DC.

Rating:

Story: 4/5

Art: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Recommendation: A must read, especially those looking for a lighthearted DC book right now.

Amazing Spider-Man # 7

Writers: Dan Slot, Christos Gage

Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks)

Colors: Antonio Fabela

Letters: Christ Eliopoulos

Cover: Camuncoli/Smith/Fabela

This is also another issue I’ve been waiting for, and while I did enjoy it I was rather disappointed. the problem was this issue was divided into two short comics, with the team up of Spider-Man and the new Ms. Marvel being a measly 13 pages, while the less-interesting “Edge of Spider-Verse” story taking up the rest of the issue.

This annoyed me because the main story of Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel teaming up was a very good read, while the B Story about “Spider-Man UK” was not that interesting.

In this story, Kamala and Peter are having similar discussions with their confidants about their need to balance their real life with their duties under the mask (Kama’s need to improve her grades and Peter needing to be more attentive to his company), but both ignore this talk when they both hear about a Cree alien girl decked up in the old Ms. Marvel outfit kidnapping a man infected by the inhuman gene (short answer  disease that gives you superpowers), and both end up running into each other, and ushering in Kamala’s cutest moment yet when she completely fangasims over “being in a Spider-Man team-up.” All in all, while it was a measly 13 pages, it was a very well-written 13 page story, and I hope next issue will have them in a full proper issue.

Not much to say about the “Edge of Spider-Verse” B Story. We meet British Spider-Man, see Morlun and his family continue to be murderous dicks, ect. ect. I would probably not be as harsh on this B Story if it had not forced the Main story (Spidey and  Ms. Marvel) To be a short 13 pages, but even then this story is just recycling what the previous Edge of Spider-Verse stories have been telling us.

The arwork for this one was fantastic. Very nice use of anatomy, and makes me kind of want to see Ms. Marvel in this art style more often, despite how much I like the main series’ interesting art style.

All in all, I was VERY disappointed in this issue. not because of the story itself, but because the story was fantastic, but cut short for an unneeded and boring B-story that should have simply had its own issue.

Rating:

Story: 5/5 (for the Main Story) 2/5 (for the B Story)

Art: 5/5

Characters: 5/5 (for the Main Story) 2/5 (For the B Story)

Overall: 4/5

Recommendation: A must read for the first 13 pages, but people hoping for more will be sadly disappointed due to it only being 13 pages and may end up hating he B story because of it.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 1

Writing: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Art: Robert Hack

Colors: Robert Hack

Letters: Jack Morelli

Cover Art: Robert Hack

So what luck, another supernatural/horror comic to review this month! Fitting!

Is it me or is Archie Comics Publication making a very serious push to re-imagine their squeaky clean comic book productions for a more mature audience? Much like Afterlife With Archie (a dark re-imagining of the iconic comic book teenager in a zombie outbreak), This new comic is attempting to do the same with his magical female counterpart Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  I find this book interesting since it takes the rather tame and mischievous, but good-natured witch culture of the Sabrina-verse, and re-imagines it in a much darker, more occult nature. Back in the day Sabrina was one of many influences that helped ease up the hatred and paranoia of witchcraft and the concept of magic in general, leading to its positive portrayal in movies and comics today. But there is a side of witches that isn’t that explored nowadays. The typical portrayal of witches isn’t cackling Halloween mascots or the magical version of the X-Men (I.E. Misunderstood people with powers, but that of chaotic evil beings who get their powers from the Devil or other malevolent entities who gleefully enjoy causing misery and agony to innocent people.

Chilling Tales of Sabrina seems to be somewhere in-between.

The story is set in the 1960s, Sabrina Spellman in this story is a moody, and rather introverted girl who’s caught between two worlds, the rather apathetic (and demon-worshiping) witch culture that looks down on her for being a half-breed (a Warlock dad and human mom), and that of the human world, which she has little experience with, especially in the category of high school. Her parents have been missing for a long time (though the reader gets a first-hand look at their gruesome fates), and she’s recently moved to a new town with her Aunts Zelda and Hilda, and her talking cat familiar Salem. These incarnations are pretty similar to their mainstream counterparts but at the same time they’re…not. Sabrina so far has shown little interest in using her powers to secretly help others, like the classic Sabrina, more concerned with using her powers for personal gain. Though in her defense, she is portrayed as a confused teenager who hasn’t fully grasped the consequences of using her powers for such things, and thinks she knows what she wants and what she’s doing. Witches, in general in this first issue, have not been shown to be “evil,” but at the same time there’s a lot of hints that they have a much more sinister background and culture in comparison to witches in the old Sabrina comics (Demons are name-dropped a lot in their dialogue like “What in Lucifer’s name are you doing?” and they’ve shown themselves to use their powers with malice in some cases).

The artwork for this story fits the creepy and supernatural feel that the comic is going for. Its a bit sketchy from time to time, and sometimes characters don’t have a lot of detail to them, but then they do have detail added…oh boy. Its pretty gruesome.

 

All in all, this seems like an interesting re-imagining of a classic character, a good horror comic, and is looking at a version of witches that gets passed up nowadays for the squeaky clean “misunderstood magic person” type.

Rating:

Story:4/5

Art: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

Recommendation: A must read for horror junkies, and fans of Sabrina who don’t mind a darker and more occult re-imagining of the character.

And that’s it for this week! We’ll see if we can keep our lucky streak with Halloween-worthy comics next week! 😉