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Monday, September 04, 2006

X-men and the Boys
posted by jepster2006

Okay, I know, I know. Only two boooks? What do you mean? I reviewed a lot of books last week so stop complaining. Just kidding. Yeah sorry, it's only what we can afford right now and it's been a stale month. So here we go.

X-men #190
Written by: Mike Carey
Art By: Chris Bachalo

I was supposed to pull out this book but it seems things are getting a lot better. I love what's going on in here and Rogue seems to be saying "Sugah" more and more now. The events that happened in the book are mostly on the "cool" factor and the fight scenes shows some great potential. Also, we get to see some awesome skill fights rather than some ranting. Like the main Wolverine series, the first two issues were merely build up and finally we get some action, real hard-boiled action.

The books main weakness lies in the art. As much as I see some similarity between Bachalo's and Humberto's art, I can't stand Bachalo's. It's getting awkward and he seemed to pan away from the strengths of his style which are darker but clearer shades of black. I don't know if it's the inker but this book seems lacklustre in the art department. The art's weaknesses are easier to overcome to the interesting and quite intruiging dialogue.

This is one of X-men's finest and I find it even more interesting than Brubaker's arc. This is a must read for X-men fans, especially for Bobby Drake fans.


Rating: 8.9/10 (The art once again pulls it down. Get Rocca to this title... please...)



Uncanny X-men #477
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Clayton Henry

It's Vulcan's time to shine and I still don't like this character. He's so one dimensional to the fact that he keeps grunging like a mad dog looking for a fight. As much as the previous issues rocked, this book sucked. Not only do we read what already read from Deadly Genesis about Vulcan, we only get to see less character development from him. I guess this issue is for those who haven't read Deadly Genesis, which is quite unlucky for me.

This issue is pointless as much as the art is. I felt like I was looking a some 90's fill in artist and the art had no potential for coolness, but I believe it doesn't fit the book which is like the artist of Wolverine: Origins.

Rating: 6.2/10 (Well, we get to see exploding ships for a good while. Other than that, skip this and get the next issue. That is if you haven't read Deadly Genesis)


The Boys #2
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Darrick Robertson

Hell, yeah. Now that's the type of comics I'm looking for. Brutal, funny, action-packed and meaningful. Admittedly, I've been avoiding every Garth Ennis book I ever came across since I think I might not like it's overly gruesomeness or satirical themes. When I heard about the Boys, I was kind of skeptical but when I saw some preview artwork, I was kind of sold. Waiting for the first issue, I never got it since my LCS (Local Comic Shop) ran out of copies. (PLEASE REPRINT WILDSTORM! PLEASE!) So, I lost interest until I found out issue 2 was coming out the same month. I wasn't really PLANNING on picking it up but I was bored so when I saw it on the LCS's shelf, I just bought it without hesitation.


And I'm glad I did. I mean, this is one of those book you just like reading over and over again at the same time looking at the art over and over again. Robertson does a great job on detail and his style is very interesting. Quite a mix of old school and school here and there.
As for the story, it's very well written. As much as the plot isn't really there, the character introductions were great and I already like Butcher. He's like a bad-ass, f***-the-world, kind of Captain America. His sense of justice is true although his means are quite off-hand.

Warning for some people though. It's a mature book. But if you like gore, humor, and truly down-to-earth characters, The Boys is a sure one for you. Don't miss it.

Rating: 9.7/10 (A great set of characters, accompanied by great art. What's not to love?)

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