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New Comic Reviews 11/8/14-Gotham Mysteries, Giant Robot Problems, & Storybook Outlaws

 

It’s a new  week of comics, so without further ado, let’s get started! This week we’re looking atGotham Academy # 2, Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew # 2 & 3, and Fairy Quest: Outcasts # 1.

Gotham Academy # 2

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher

Art: Karl Kerschl

Colors: Geyser, Dave McCaig, John Rauch

Letters: Steve Wands

Cover; Karl Kerschl

Once again, an all-around great issue for this breakout series.  This issue we learn more about Olive, but at the same time, several questions are left unanswered. Everyone on the story references “last Summer break,” and something that Olive either did or something happened to her that has made her the center of controversy at the school. What this event was has not been stated yet, and has only been vaguely referenced, and seems to be the reason that she and Ken broke up, and why vicious mean girl Pomeline seems to give Olive so much crap. To make matters worse, Olive seems to be suffering from amnesia as far as the events of that Summer are concerned, and Pomeline accused her of being crazy “just like her mother.” Whatever this event was, the writers are building a rather intriguing mystery around it. We’re still in the dark what Batman has to do with any of this, but we’ll see about that soon enough.

In between that we meet more of the Academy’s eccentric faculty and some of the other students. Sadly Olive’s friend Maps doesn’t get much page time this issue until the last few pages, but what moments she’s in she’s an adorable dork.

The artwork for this series continues to be beautiful and unique, with so much life and expression to the characters.

Gotham Academy continues to build up interesting and endearing characters along with an intriguing mystery plot. I eagerly await Issue 3 to see what twists and turns occur for Olive and Maps.

Rating:

Story: 5/5

Art: 5/5

Characters:  5/5

Overall: 5/5

Recommendation: A must-read! Be sure to support this book!

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew # 2 and # 3

Writer: Nate Hill

Artist: Mervyn McKoy

Colors: Dawson Chen

Letters: Nate Hill

Cover: Jerry Gaylord

Next we’re looking at the last two issues of this fun mini-series. I’m reviewing both this week because oddly both of them were released this week. My local comic vendor said the distributor was being screwy with this one for some reason. In any case, let’s get into it.

When we last left Erica, she was slowly losing her mind as part of Herotron’s maintenance crew, dealing with both the dangerously falling apart Herotron and its incompetent and insufferable pilots.  The second issue has Erica dealing with Herotron’s mentally deranged accountant, who’s developed an obsession with Erica. The third (and final) issue has the pilot’s ignorance coming to a head, and puts Herotron and all of the maintenance crew in peril, forcing them to take drastic measures.

This series was a fun read, though it kept playing ping pong with the realism and the fantastical elements of the book, like pointing out how dangerously stupid it was having hot blooded pilots instead of disciplined military pilots, yet not really explaining why these unfathomably ignorant and cruel deviants were the pilots of Herotron outside of them “looking good on camera.”

There were a lot of characters in this miniseries, but the only ones to really get development were broken cutie Erica and the cool old guy of the crew Jeb. The pilots don’t really get much development outside of being selfish, idiotic assholes save for the leader Tristan (the red pilot) who shows that he’s far worse than the others, being a homicidal manchild.  The only real pilot to show some slight signs of being a decent person was Guy (The Blue Pilot) and while he’s no better than the others on the asshole meter, he was the only pilot to take note of Herotron’s mechanical failures that the maintenance crew tried to warn them about, and the only one to try and get them to focus on it.

The artwork was fun, showing good anatomy while having its own unique style to it.

This mini-series was a fun read, and while I am sad to see it end so quickly, I do understand you can only take this premise so far without needing to add to it. However, I would like to see a sequel to this series, perhaps looking at some of the other members of the maintenance crew,  and maybe even delve deeper into the pilots, particularly Guy after seeing his surprising moments of competence in issue 3 in comparison to his fellow pilots.  Until then, Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew is an funny and interesting mini-series, and I would recommend checking it out.

Rating:

Story: 4/5

Art: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Overall: 4/5

Recommendation: A good read if you’re looking for a comedy or a spoof of Voltron.

Fairy Quest: Outcasts # 1

Writer: Paul Jenkins

Art: Humberto Ramos (pencils), Victor Olazaba (Inks),

Colors: Leonardo Olea

Letters: Jim Campbell

Cover: Humberto Ramos, Leonardo Olea

Continuing where the last mini-series left off, our story takes place in a Fairy Tale world, where all of the Grimm stories are forced to retell their stories day in and day out, any deviation from the source material, or flat out refusing to obey the “stick to your story,” law will earn you punishment or a full mind wipe from the Think Police, who are led by the cruel Mr. Grimm, who believes that if the storybook residents don’t stick to their stories, chaos and destruction will occur. Little Red Riding Hood (Red), is a sweet girl who wants a place where she and her friend the Big Bad Wolf (Woof), can live together happy, instead of being forced to play heroine and villain over and over again, and now the two are on the run looking for the “Map Maker” who is said to know of a world where they could live without retelling their stories.

In this issue Red and Woof continue to evade Mr. Grimm’s Think Police, as the two traverse the Dark Woods, and begin to see the pain and suffering Grimm’s “Stick to your Story” policy has had on its residents, driving some of them mad.  Much like the last mini-series,  Red and Woof continue to be an adorably precious pair, with Red being a wide-eyed and optimistic girl and Woof, while the more cynical, can’t help but indulge in Red’s optimism about their chances.  The series’ villain Mr. Grimm continues to be a vicious, yet mysterious foe that shows how far he’s willing to go to maintain his “Stick to your Story” law. If he truly believes chaos will reign without it, or if he has ulterior motives for his actions remains to be seen.

Humberto Ramos’ art on the book is fantastic. It’s a very unique and cartoony style that fits perfectly with its storybook setting.  Ramos doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves for his work in comics, and I am getting sick of people giving his artwork on the current Spider-Man series crap. He has such a brilliant and lively style to drawing people that makes me want to buy any book he’s the artist of.

Overall, Fairy Quest is a dark but still family-friendly retelling of the classic fairy tales, and the dangers of oppression through forced routine. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good fantasy.

Rating:

Story: 4/5

Art: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Recommendation: A definite must if you’re looking for a good fantasy.

And that’s it for this week! Let me know what you guys thik!