misac wrote:Here’s some stuff I read in recent weeks…
Conan v.13: Queen of the Black Coast – Brian Wood’s first arc since the relaunch. It was pretty good, I liked it. It’s kind of weird though, it’s a relaunch but the trade numbering continues the previous series. And Conan seemed younger, like maybe in his early 20s.
Art was great. I was really looking forward to Becky Cloonan and was kind of pissed she only did half the trade. But the guy that did the second half was really good. Had some of the best panels; Belit is in disguise in some fancy outfit and she kills some dudes and she’s covered in blood. And the other one with Conan cutting a guy across the torso taking hands and all, and there were bits of armor flying around. I think this guy stole the show. Also Conan beheads a bunch of dudes.
Camelot 3000 – King Arthur reawakens in the year 3000 to fight an alien invasion. What more do you need? Anyway, it’s really good and kind of dark. There’s a little humor with Arthur dealing with the future but he adapts pretty quick, he’s pretty badass.
Brian Bolland on art so you know it was great. I especially liked closeups on faces. And the outfits were totally 80s, love it.
Dungeons & Dragons v.3: Down – Seems this is the last trade. My favorite so far, story centered around one of my favorite characters so the story takes place in a dwarf city.
GODZILLA: Half Century War – Got this based on The Enthusiast review and I’m glad I did. Guy fights Godzilla for 50 years!
Each issue takes place in a different decade and I think a different movie, for sure the first issue takes place in the first movie. Really made me want to see some movies and pick up the comic. I’m really late on the IDW licensed comics. I’ve started TMNT, D&D, and now Godzilla. Don’t know where to start with G.I. Joe but I got the first issue of the Star Trek movieverse comic
Really liked the art, I think it’s the dude that did Orc Strain. The people were kind of cartoony (not a bad thing) but the monsters looked great! Especially when Godzilla was shooting fire! It also had an epic feel to it, I don’t think the movies really capture the massiveness of these guys and all the damage they cause.
Jack Kirby’s O.M.A.C. – Not as good an idea as the Eternals or cool characters as the New Gods but it’s still really fun. The first cover and page were super creepy.
Art was amazing! I know some people say Kirby’s overrated but I think I’ve been appreciating him enough. Each issue had these two page spreads that were so great. My favorite was OMAC tackling a bunch of soldiers. I’m going to have to get the Demon trade sometime soon, in the meantime I think I’m going to read his Black Panther soon, I have them on hand.
Did you get the new Camelot 3000 trade? It had much better paper than the Swamp Thing tpbs. I love Bolland, and it's great to see him illustrating 12 full issues. I wish he would do more interior work.
I have a problem with Wood's Conan, if you've read the original Roy Thomas / John Buscema run, it'd be hard to find something that can be compared to it. I didn't enjoy Cloonan's art, she even draws a bottle that looks identical to a Johnnie Walker bottle (that's on the first issue). Now we all know that the shape of those bottles were only possible as a result of the industrialization process of the 19th century. No bottles like that could exist on the Hyborean age.