Fame: Jennifer Lawrence Written by Michael Troy
Illustrated by Ben Eargle Bluewater Comics
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Jennifer Lawrence is on fire right now. The star of American Hustle and of course, Katniss Everdeen herself from The Hunger Games, Lawrence has that special quality that virtually guarantees superstardom. If Bluewater’s Fame: Jennifer Lawrence comic were capable in any way of impacting her career, she’d be in serious trouble. It is horrible.
Not a single one of the inconsistent drawings of Lawrence looks even remotely like her. You’d think with all the varying depictions of her facial features, artist Ben Eargle might’ve gotten at least one correct. Who told him she had a chiseled, square jaw? Has he seen any of her movies? Looked at a picture of her? The “baby picture” drawing of Lawrence makes her look like some alien creature. Jaw-dropping, hilariously bad. I showed it to my wife and we both had a good laugh.
The collected edition of Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights gathers the story of the Sidney Street Spectre and the Dancing Demon, two new Sherlock Holmes stories imagined by Ken Janssens. Originally released in four volumes, it follows the investigation of a murdered prostitute in what appears to be a haunted boarding house.
After being mistaken for the Black Spectre and attacked on the way home from another case, Holmes and Watson learn of a murdered woman whose body has just been found. Arriving on the scene even before the authorities have been called, Sherlock quickly proves it wasn’t a ghost that killed the woman of fright, but something much more sinister. From there, we get to go to the countryside to investigate a young man’s death, supposedly at the hands of the dancing tree demon.
Punishment for the idle observers of war is the hard-hitting theme of Vincent Price: Tales from the Darkness #4, the latest installment in the series from Bluewater Comics.
Current events in horror comics are sure to push buttons with readers because of our intimate connection to the reality of these horrors thanks to the media exposure we’re subjected to each day. Plausibility is frightening. That’s where writer CW Cooke collects the strength for this story, but that’s also sadly where it ends.
Logan’s Run: Aftermath #6 is pretty much what a fun science fiction comic book should be. At least, on some levels. Unfortunately, some production issues get in the way of what should be an enjoyable comic.
Paul J. Salamoff takes some risks in this issue with storytelling. Unfortunately, none of them really pay off here. It just leaves the reader confused. REALLY REALLY confused. Don’t get me wrong, you can follow the story and you get a beginning, middle, and end, but you feel like you’re missing something the whole issue. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t read the previous couple of issues, but I figured “It’s Logan’s Run! It’ll be easy to follow!” I was pretty mistaken. The biggest problem in this issue is that Salamoff seems to almost want to make a silent issue and it’s just not working out in his favor. The lack of dialouge just leaves the reader confused and guessing as to what’s going on. Not very impressed with how the plot pays out here.
10th Muse: God War is a fun collection of 10th Muse stories in the God War saga. This will not change your life, win any Eisners, or change the way comics are made, but it will do one thing – entertain you.
Writers Darren Davis and Chad Redmann have crafted a story that’s just plain fun from beginning to end. It doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not, and that’s the best thing about it. The 10th Muse, herself a Wonder Woman-esque character, goes toe to toe with Zeus (among others) to try and claim the throne of Mount Olympus. No spoilers, but what follows is just good, clean, comic book action! From Isis to Zeus, all the gods are there and they are throwing down hardcore! From start to finish, this comic is super entertaining. It doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not, it’s not preachy, it’s not over the top serious, it’s just a solid, fun story. Things don’t get much more simpler than that. You can tell that Davis and Redmann had a fun time writing this story, as not only does it span quite a few issues, but they throw everything but the kitchen sink into the mix and, and I must admit, it all blends quite nicely into one cohesive story.