Sunday, August 29, 2010


I've been a little busy lately, so here are some quick thoughts on comics I've recently read...

Scratch9 #1 (of 4) (Rob M. Worley & Jason T. Kruse) - This is a cute little all-ages title with cartoony art.  The story is pretty by-the-numbers until it gets to the hook of the series, where the kitten Scratch can call upon his eight past lives to aid him when he's in trouble.  Thus, a sabretooth tiger shows up to help him break out of a mad scientist's lair.  I like the idea, I like that "Little Orphan Annie" eyes are used on Scratch's little girl master who misses him, but the art is pretty average, the cat is a little too cutesy and the secondary characters like a crazy squirrel he meets seem pretty standard and unimaginative.

Scott Pigrim (Volume 6): Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour TP (Bryan Lee O'Malley) - They really squeaked this one out just in time for the movie.  This is the final volume in the Scott Pilgrim series, featuring a hipster who must defeat the seven evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona, the girl he's dating, if he wishes to continue seeing her.  I liked where a lot of the characters ended up in this, and I'm happy to see that much of that translated to the movie as well.  I don't think this book added much to the series - it wasn't as funny, wasn't as clever, but it did have that final confrontation with the final evil ex, Gideon, and confronted Scott with the fact that he would also become one of Ramona's evil exes should they break up, something I didn't really think about before, but liked.  This rounded out the Scott Pilgrim saga nicely enough, and I really do think that O'Malley's artwork has never looked better.

The Walking Dead (Volume 12): Life Among Them TP (Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard) - I really enjoy the storyarcs that Kirkman dreams up for this series.  There's a lot of good stuff here, particularly with the characters.  This book seems to be less about zombies and more about just how screwed up people are, especially in a brave new world without laws.  Especially the group we get to follow, as the innocence of their early days of travelling aimlessly have officially shed.  They now do what they have to do to survive, and it isn't always pretty.  But it's damn entertaining.

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