I read two DC comics that came out before the re-launch and may very well no longer be in continuity even though they were pretty snazzy, I somewhat enjoyed, "Deadpool Corps Volume 2," and I caught up with David Lapham's, "Caligula," which is quite disturbing but a bit fascinating in how grotesque it is.
Good Story, Great Art
Batman and Robin #26 AND Jonah Hex #69
These two comics both told interesting stories, but it was their art that sold it. Batman and Robin presents a tale of the Louvre being taken over by super-criminals and all kind of mayhem breaking loose because of it. Jonah Hex #69 is a simple tale of Hex confronting his father after many years and watching him die--and is illustrated by the sublime Jeff Lemire.
4 out of 5 stars (for both).
In With A Joke, Out With A Whimper
Deadpool Corps Volume 2: You Say You Want A Revolution
Poor Rob Liefeld. So many people hate him and say terrible things about him, but he continues to be one of the nicest guys in comics (as I discussed in a past post). I generally don't care for his work, but there are specific situations I like seeing him drawing things. One of these few cases is when Deadpool is involved. Therefore, we have the 2nd and final volume of the Deadpool Corps and Rob Liefeld illustrates the 7th-9th issue with someone who can do art a lot like him doing the rest--and I'm satisfied because this is how I like Liefeld.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
Now That's Just Nasty--Caligula #3-5
|This picture of a statue of Caligula will be shown in lieu of the comic for sensitive blog-readers|
Told from the point of view of a man whose family was murdered due to Caligula, this tale is just crazy but also fascinating in its portrait of a man who is a ruler but is also quite clearly utterly devoid of humanity--instead just being a depraved monster. Trust me when I tell you this comic is not for those with weak sensibilities, but if you have an interest in ancient history with a supernatural twist, or like horror stories, you might want to check this out. I just wonder how it will conclude (other than what history tells us)
3.5 out of 5 stars.
There we go, some pre-re-boot DC comics that were pretty snazzy, some Deadpool material that passes muster in the sense of at least being decent, and a really twisted Caligula comic. How's that for an interesting assortment of comics?