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Comics: Heroes in a Half Shell
by Dee. 3/28/2018Welcome once again to comics review time! This month, we have Infinity Countdown from Marvel Comics, Gideon Falls from Image, and a preview of Crude from Image's Skybound.
Infinity Countdown (Marvel Comics): The Avengers: Infinity War movie is on it's way, so better be prepared! There's a handy dandy chart for the one-shots related to this series, which has already included Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock and Infinity Countdown Prime. This first issue should be read after Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock and Infinity Countdown Prime in order to have a recap (or an introduction to) Adam Warlock, the possessor of the Soul Infinity stone. Prime will introduce the locations and keepers of the other Infinity stones, and set the stage for Infinity Countdown.
Gideon Falls (Image): Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight) has spent twenty years perfecting this incredible story told from two perspectives. Father Fred is a Catholic priest newly introduced to a small town church, and our other hero, Norton, is fascinated by very peculiar objects around town. He tells his therapist, but not about everything; she might really think he's crazy.
The coloring on this issue is an interesting slightly faded, slightly distressed look to the characters, and solid red to highlight significant things among the drab and ordinary palette of grays and browns. The sporadic use of red makes the murder (oh yes, there's a murder to be solved) more visceral without being incredibly gory. Hats off to Andrea Sorrentino for putting together such a cohesive look with such a
I am generally very fond of Jeff Lemire's look at Small Town, USA (tm) and the people that make those towns survive the rush of big city claustrophobia.
Crude (Image / Skybound): Piotr Petrovich Bilibin was an assassin for a large part of his son's life. Understandably, he didn't share what his profession actually was, but he also alienated his son. When Kiril grew older, he decided to go work for the oil refinery company Petropinnacle in the desolate Blackstone rather than stagnate in his hometown.
Sadly, Kiril returns home in a body bag, and Piotr decides to investigate into his son's death. Looking to avenge Kiril's death, Piotr travels across Russia to find out what really happened.
Release date: April 11.