Friday, June 17, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Extreme Violence, Acrobartics, and Explosions.

Today we've got a a bunch of fancy-fighting on the rooftops in Black Panther #519,  Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker #3 has a high-speed car-chase/fight with everything blowing up, Caligula #2 is just gruesome, and Deadpool #38 has more buildings being destroyed than I know what to do with. So yeah, a pretty good batch of comics.

Black Panther #519
The issue in which our hero runs around fighting Kraven the Hunter as they both search for a missing man who gained dangerous powers at the end of the last story arc. David Liss did something darker last arc and he said in my interview with him he wants this to be more of a, "popcorn muncher," which I can see in the action-fueled bits and increased humor. Jefte Palo turns in some solid art, illustrating the movement of the characters fluidly, be they jumping around cars or crashing through rooftop windows. I'm enjoying myself.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker #3
This issue is mainly about our hero fighting a crazy and evil electrical woman on the highway who gets aroused by destroying everything, while we also have interludes with some villains in the comic who are either watching pornography while paralyzed in the hospital or are trying to wreck all the things Baker loves by destroying his place and killing all his women. So yeah, you kind of get that Joe Casey is writing an over-the-top comic here making fun of super-heroes and villains with our over-the-hill hero starting to regret his life too. It's kind of almost a parody of super-hero parodies maybe, if you can wrap your head around that. It's fun and absurd.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Caligula #2
The first issue was horrendously violent and dark, and this continues that trend with murder, rape, and basically all the stuff you've read about in history books when it comes to how Caligula was the crazed emperor who ruined everything as seen through the eyes of a man who isn't sure if he wants to kill Caligula or is starting to go as insane as him. This is just a dark, twisted comic that will maybe disturb you, and if you know some of David Lapham's work that might not come as a surprise. It's interesting to see the excess and madness of this infamous figure through the eyes of a normal person however, and the sheer horror of everything is sort of a, "So terrible I can't look away," kind of thing. Still, this is definetely not a comic you read when you want something light and happy, and at points it seems to just be going for shock value.
3 out of 5 stars.

Deadpool #38
Deadpool continues to irritate and annoy the Hulk to a point of extreme rage with the whole issue pretty much being slapstick--but it's good and funny slapstick, so I'm happy. The funny twist at the end of the comic is great too and should make for an interesting next issue.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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