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Comics: Back...to the Future!
by Dee. 7/26/2018Hey guys,
It's July, so that means another set of comic reviews headed right for you! They mean you no harm, thankfully. For your reading pleasure, we have League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest, Life of Captain Marvel (2018), and X-23 (2018). There's also a bonus preview of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest (IDW Publishing): This six issue miniseries marks the last volume of the epic League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics. The literary references throughout the series is infamous, to the point that they published a book to explain them all. But fear not, fair readers, the series is entertaining without the literary Easter eggs. Since it is Volume 4 of a long-running serial, you might want to pick up the previous graphic novels as a precursor to jumping into this issue.
Set in the future as well as the 1960's, the jumps in time are signified by the formatting and color of the story panels, as the past panels look like a strip that you'd find in the newspapers. I look forward to seeing what this comic will do next, as tying the scenes together will require deft script manipulation. But I expect nothing less from Alan Moore, whose work in comics is quite intelligent and extensive (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta).
Life of Captain Marvel (2018) (Marvel Comics): Who doesn't love an origin story? This is also an exploration into Carol's present emotional state. The violence early in Carol's life has shaped her and taints her performance as a super-heroine. This is not an easy story, but it is a poignant one.
The coloring for this comic visually telegraph the differences between her memories and the present day, as the colors are more muted and textured in the past. An interesting choice involved in the story is that there were two different artist teams dedicated to the present day versus the past. The two different styles work well together, and the artist behind the flashbacks is Marguerite Sauvage (Faith, Bombshells), whose style I really admire.
X-23 (2018)(Marvel Comics): For those of you not familiar with Laura Kinney, she is a clone of Wolverine known as X-23. There's another clone out there named Gabby, who is known by her alias Honey Badger. This is the adventures they have in search of a scientist in the field of genetic regeneration. There's references to other X-Men and their histories which I feel like I should read up on, as they seem like interesting stories (for example, the existence of clones of Emma Frost).
The script is pretty funny and fast-moving, whether you are in the middle of an action sequence, or hanging out at the School and eating soft pretzels. The flashbacks in this story are tinted blue, while vibrant oranges color the present. The scene by candlelight is particularly well done, as it highlights the dramatic nature of the scene, and the distinct creepiness of the situation.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Dark Horse): This comic coincides with the TV show being available on Netflix, for those of you who enjoy heckling old/ bad/ ridiculous movies. MST3K the comic is an adventure with Jonah, Crow and Tom Servo running around on a spaceship. Not surprisingly, the comic is very meta, with the crew being exposed to technology that can put people into a comic book series. Though I am only somewhat familiar with the characters, I don't feel like I'm missing out on any of the jokes for not being an avid watcher of the series.
The coloring for this comic is nice and bright, and becomes yellowed comic book pages once they jump into that universe. Overall, I find this comic to be as cheeky as I remember the TV show, and it looks like it will be a very silly book.
Release date: September 12, 2018.