Runners up, week 27: Creepy, Avangers. The Children’s Crusade & Flashpoint

2. Creepy #6
The last book I read this week was a total surprise hit. I have read an issue of Creepy last year, thought it was fine but didn’t give it a second thought. I don’t really know why I picked this up, but man am I glad I did. Normally I’m not a big fan of anthology books because for every great story there’s always one I don’t care about. But in this issue every contribution is fantastic, especially art wise. I gave out only 9’s and 8’s for art in this thing.  The stories are great too, but what makes this book really stand out is the glorious art by Nathan Fox, Jason Shaun Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Garry Brown and Neil Adams. All very different artists, using vastly different techniques but man is this a tour de force of pure, black and white eye candy.  The stories range from a Western about a man so greedy that even death can’t contain it, a psychopathic clown, body snatching Aliens with a memory problem, Hitler’s bitches and a great collaboration between Archie Godwin and Neal Adams about an unfortunate brain transplantation. Below are some sample images, and the scores of this book.

Panels from Creepy #6 by Nathan Fox, Jason Shaun Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Garry Brown and Neil Adams

In order from top to bottom, panels by Nathan Fox, Jason Shaun Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Garry Brown and Neil Adams from Creepy #6 by Dark Horse Comics.

Art: 8.9       Writing: 8.2     Overall: 8.55

3. Avengers: the Children’s Crusade# 6     
Just another miniseries about a couple of kids that picked up the slack of the Avengers after they disbanded? Apparently not. This book, and especially this issue, is very important for the overall status quo of the Marvel universe, particularly for the X-men family. It was Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch that betrayed the Avengers in Avengers: Disassembled, years ago. After that, it was Wanda who, by uttering three words, decimated the mutant population of the Marvel universe, in House of M. This issue finally seems to resolve the event that has become known as M-day. Since House of M, Wanda has been mostly out of the picture. However, this series revolves around the Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed who are searching for Wanda because they believe her to be their mother. When they find her, some shit goes down. You shouldn’t just get it because it ‘matters to the continuity’, both art wise and from a storytelling standpoint this book is solid. That’s not surprising looking at the attached creators; writer Allan Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung. Looking for well executed superhero action, drama and humor? Then this is for you.
Art: 8          Writing: 8         Overall: 8

4. Flashpoint #3
The DC blockbuster summer event leading into the September reboot (as well as too many tie-ins) is moving along nicely. This third issue of five written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Andy Kubert finally explains what the hell is going on. Maybe,  I could have picked up on it earlier but apparently this new continuity is the result of the Reverse Flash tinkering with the time stream. Fried Flash convinces Batman’s dad to team up with a larger version of the Titan’s Cyborg and they go look for Superman, because if anyone can help them avert the pending world war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman (and restore the timeline) it’s him. However not everything is as we’d expect… Another exiting prospect of this issue is the further merging of the Wildstorm universe and the DC universe, with a surprise visit from a major Wildstorm character. This book will not revolutionize the industry and it doesn’t have to. It’s thoroughly entertaining and what more could you wish for on a major event book? The art keeps getting better, yet while I see the craftsmanship in the dynamic figures and character expressions it’s just not my cup of tea.
Art: 8          Writing: 8         Total: 8

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