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411’s Comic Reviews: Heroes in Crisis #1, Doomsday Clock #7, More

October 4, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Heroes in Crisis

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Yesterday we discussed The Scariest Comic Books Ever!

Now on with the show!

A Walk Through Hell #5

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Shaw finally comes clean, and now McGregor knows what’s gotten them trapped in a world of constant nightmare. But with understanding comes determination, and the pair begin their attempt to climb back towards the light. The missing agent Goss, meanwhile, discovers a particular horror all his own—and suffers what may the worst fate of all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (JIMMY’S BASTARDS, Preacher, The Boys) and drawn by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer) that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

Tyler Cross: Black Rock

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Fearless and effortlessly suave, Tyler Cross proves crime does pay in the thrills of living life on the edge.

No man is an island – except for Tyler Cross. A criminal for hire, he’s the best at what he does, whether he’s trafficking drugs or spraying bullets in a shoot-out – everyone’ll pay big bucks for Tyler. Follow his embroilment with drugs, women and gangsters in a violent adventure that he may not survive.

Stranger Things #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Comic book adaptations of movies and TV shows are a tricky thing. They either try too hard to make it different from the source material or they stay so close to it, it doesn’t enhance the experience at all.

Stranger Things #1 tells the Season One story of Will Byers and his time in the Upside Down. Writer Jody Houser and artist Stefano Martino give it a shot but what makes the show so enjoyable didn’t translate to the comic book page.

The series has a unique feel to it and without the music and charm of the actors involved, the comic feels empty. It never adds anything to the show and you put the book down without gaining anything of substance.

This is a pass from me but I will say that it made me look forward to Season 3.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Heroes in Crisis #1

Review by RobF

I have been reading comics for seemly forever and few issues have affected me like Heroes in Crisis 1. The team of Tom King, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey have crafted a gem of a mystery full of intrigue, mystery and sadness.

A sanctuary has been set up by Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman for super heroes and villains dealing with mental health issues. Someone, either Booster Gold or Harley Quinn (or perhaps a 3rd person), murdered the patients and staff. Whodunnit? How could this happen? The Trinity (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) vow to find out.

Hot Spot. Steel. Blue Jay. Arsenal. Flash. Some well-known heroes, some not. Several innocent helpers. This is a brutal crime perpetrated without mercy. (Hot Spot’s corpse is shown with tears in his eyes). A crime so brutal that the Man of Steel is almost brought to tears. Batman and Wonder Woman, in typical fashion, begin to dissect the scene. Superman’s reaction is what makes this story for me: with all he has seen he still can be horrified.

The artwork, like the story is damned near perfect. Mann and Morey hit all the right notes. While the battle scenes are great it’s the quieter ones that make the most impact.

I cannot wait for the next issue: I can only imagine what the other seven issues will bring. King and Co (or the King’s court if you prefer) have crafted one of the best stories to date. If you don’t love this story then you don’t love comics (in my opinion).

Rating: 10 out of 10

Doomsday Clock #7

Review by John Pumpernickel

Things amp up in Doomsday #7 as Doctor Manhattan makes a much needed impact as he takes the spotlight.

This issue was perhaps my favorite as it felt more like a “Watchmen” issue than a mashup between the two universes. Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank craft a precise and balanced issue that moves us closer to a Doctor Manhattan and Superman showdown.

Frank’s artwork is always a treat and this issue is especially beautiful as he continues to channel the spirit of Dave Gibbons.

Doomsday Clock keeps the intrigue high and another issue that builds excitement for the conclusion.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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