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411’s Comic Reviews: Green Lantern #1, Black Order #1, More

November 22, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Hello and welcome to 411mania’s weekly Comic Book Review Roundtable! Each week we’ll be serving up a warm dish of reviews from Marvel, DC, and anything else that captures our interest. What did you pick up this week? Let us know in the comments.

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Yesterday we discussed Comic Books We’re Thankful For.

Now on with the show!

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini is a revelation and is the type of book the elevates the comic book form in a way that will be subtly felt over the coming years.

From the blossoming mind of acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler, the book drips of noir, mystery, and 1920’s thrills. Minky Woodcock might very well be my favorite new character and I could easily follow her along as makes her own mark in an ever changing, and dangerous, world.

The melding of the words and art, both expertly crafted by Von Buhler, flow like a quick stream and after I finished the book, I immediately picked it back up to start again. My only regret that I’ll never get back that thrill of reading it for the first time, discovering the gems the story lays out.

To give away too much of the plot would be a disservice but the plot of using Houdini’s death and a sinister conspiracy was a refreshing take on the legendary escape artist. Mixing fact with fiction, you feel dipped in the period, a lucky voyeur to the story.

As someone who is constantly looking for books that embrace the comic book form in new ways, which seems to be increasingly difficult, I found Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini provocative and will entice even the most jaded of readers.

Titan Comics has quickly become one of my favorite publishers because they embrace new and exciting concepts. On top of that, they find gifted artists who have visionary talents that come through on the page. Cynthia Von Buhler’s artistic talent expands into the comic book world and we are all better for it.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

It should be noted that this books contains adult themes and nudity so mature audiences only.

Dark Ark #11

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“NEW ARC STARTS HERE!

At long last, the rains have stopped. But the flood waters have yet to recede. Still, new life—both human and monster—is born into the world. And as the Manticore Kruul learns what it means to be a father, Shrae’s newborn grandchild is dying from a supernatural ailment. The secret of a cure lies with one of Shrae’s most bitter enemies!

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions!”

Life is Strange #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Titan brings Square Enix’s critically-acclaimed Life is Strange videogame to comics – written by Emma Vieceli, with art by Claudia Leonardi – and sees the return of Max and Chloe from the first game. The comic story picks up a year after one heart-breaking ending of the critically-acclaimed videogame, after Max fatefully chose Chloe over Arcadia Bay.

“We’re delighted that Life is Strange #1 has gone to a second printing so quickly,” said editor Andrew James. “The reaction from fans has been overwhelming since we released our first glimpse at the covers, not to mention our comic book teaser trailer. I’m so proud of the work the creative team has done on this story, and I’m thrilled any fans who’ve missed out on a print copy today will still be able to jump on and catch up. And this subtly-tweaked cover, now showing the reflections of both Max and Chloe, is a lovely nod to the time-twisting storyline between the covers.””

The Black Order #1

Review by RobF

Ever since they parted with Thanos the Black Order has seemed directionless until a meeting with the Grandmaster. He used their special set of skills to destabilize a growing empire. But, as one often finds out, while you may be big and bad there is always someone bigger and badder.

With little known about the Black Order (Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf, Proxima Midnight, and Black Swan) its surprising to see a mini-series featuring them. Here, Derek Landy tries to remedy that. As I read the 1st several pages I felt a Tarantino-like vibe. (I am not the only one, I read that in several places). The violence surrounded by banal chatter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have always found the villains side of things more interesting.

The task put before Landy is to make us care about these miscreants. He does that partially by giving us a bigger jerk to hate. The other part is the artwork supplied by Philip Tan. His attention to detail and awesome splash pages jumps off the page and captures your attention.

I’m not sure where the Black Order fits in to the Marvel U-heroes, villains, something in between-but I am curious to see where they land. There is potential here and I want to see
more.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Green Lantern #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

It’s a tough task to take a character that’s been around since 1959 and make him feel new and relevant to modern audiences. Thankfully that task falls to writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp, so the results aren’t as surprising as you think.

Green Lantern #1 is top notch from start to finish and gives us a Hal Jordan that is someone you can relate to. He’s a little more worn around the edges, has seen and done a lot, and understands his duty in the universe.

This issue does plenty of juggling but sets up the series on a path that I want to travel. A solid tweak for old fans and a welcoming new start for those just discovering Green Lantern for the first time.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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