Comic Review: Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah

Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah
Written by Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey
Art by Troy Nixey (Chapters 1-3), Farel Dalrymple (Chapter 4)
Letters by Pat Brosseau (Chapters 1-2), Ed Dukeshire (Chapters 3-4)
Cover by Mike Mignola with Colors by Dave Stewart
BOOM! Studios
Release Date: September 28, 2011
Cover Price: $14.99

Strange things are happening in London, England. There is a murderer going around killing prostitutes, the town’s men are being transformed into odd half-man half-sea creatures, and there is an overwhelming sense of doom in the air. With such odd occurrences, it isn’t safe for a young girl to walk about town, is it? Well that depends on who that girl is. In Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey‘s Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah, nothing is as it seems.

Fisherman bring in the day’s catch on a London day like any other. The streets are bustling with people as a young girl named Jenny Finn makes her way around town. Jenny catches the attention of an out-of-towner named Joe who can’t help himself but to seek her out and introduce himself. He is concerned for her safety, as the treacherous streets of London are no place for an innocent young girl. Jenny agrees with him, but insists that she is far from innocent. Her reputation has made its way around town, and soon Joe will know that Jenny is a unique and complex individual.

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Comic Review: Incorruptible, Vol. 1 TPB

Incorruptible, Vol. 1 TPB
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler: Jean Diaz
Inker: Belardino Brabo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Boom! Studios
Price: $16.99
Release date: May 5, 2010

What if you were the world’s vilest, nastiest villain? What if you decided to change your ways? Would anyone believe you? Could you permanently change everything about the way you lived your life? These are the questions that are posed by the story of Max Danger, formerly known as supervillain Max Damage.

Incorruptible takes place in the same universe as Irredeemable, the comic about Plutonian, a beloved hero who turned into an evil, heartless villain. This is the story of the flip side of that coin. Max Danger watches Plutonian attack a town, and the incident changes him. He decides to become a hero. Of course, now he has to convince everyone that his conversion is legitimate.

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Comic Review: Die Hard Year One #8

Die Hard Year One #8
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art by Gabriel Andrade Jr.
Colors by Stephen Downer
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 14, 2010

John McClane saves the day again in Die Hard Year One #8. As the blackout rages on in New York City John wraps up the hostage situation in true McClane fashion. The real villains behind the blackout and their real plans are revealed. McClane and his partner Detective Olga Cruces work to find the criminals responsible for the blackout and stop the bank robbery in progress. As a nice taste of what is to come there is a nice juicy peek into McClane’s future on the last page.

Howard Chaykin continues to blow me away with one of the best licensed properties out there. The twists and turns that usually are easily seen in a prequel work very well in every issue of this comic. Chaykin is great at taking what is essentially an action movie and splitting it into multiple issues while keeping just enough exposition and action in each one of the issues. I continue to put this book at the top of my stack every week, excited to see what happens next in McClane’s first year on the Force and how he meets all of his friends and foes before the movies happen.

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Comic Review: Incorruptible #4

Incorruptible #4
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Jean Diaz
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 31, 2010

I have been reading both Mark Waid‘s Irredeemable and his Incorruptible since issue 1 on both of them. I have enjoyed Irredeemable immensely and started out pretty interested in Incorruptible with the first couple of issues. I am definitely still interested in where the story goes because after as many issues of Irredeemable as there have been, I am confident that Waid knows where he wants to go with this story. My only problem is that I don’t find myself connecting to the characters in the same way in this part of the universe.

As the story continues we get to see more about how Max Damage decided to change from world’s greatest villain to hero during the Plutonian’s massacre. As this unfolds we also see that Max has a few things he would like to look in to for his path to being a hero. I find that I am more interested in the Police Lieutenant, Louis Armadale, and the psychology behind Max Damage and his redemptive goals than I am anything to do with Jail Bait. She is a little bit annoying and hard to relate to for me.

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Comic Review: Die Hard: Year One, Vol 1 HC

Die Hard: Year One
Volume 1 Hardcover
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art by Stephen Thompson
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Boom! Studios
Release date: March 24, 2010

There are a lot of unique art forms to North America: Jazz, Rock and Roll, Comic Books. In many ways, they make up the pop culture mythos of America. To this list I would add action movies. The eighties gave birth to a whole new genre of over-the-top, hyper-masculine action films, and reigning supreme on top of that heap is 1988’s Die Hard. With its reluctant hero, its tongue-in-cheek humour, and unforgettable action sequences, it is one of the most memorable American films of the last fifty years.

BOOM! Studios has produced its own addition to the Die Hard legacy with the Die Hard: Year One comic book series, and as an experiment in expanding the John McClane legend, it’s a roaring success.

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