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Review Group Week 191 - HAUNT #1

Postby ****** » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:24 am

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I forgot to start the thread! Time for someone new to take over, clearly.

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Haunt #1
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story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art GREG CAPULLO, RYAN OTTLEY & TODD McFARLANE

McFARLANE & KIRKMAN’S HAUNT HAS ARRIVED!

Daniel Kilgore is dragged into his estranged brother Kurt's secret life of murder and espionage... by his ghost. With no training whatsoever, guided by the spirit of his secret-agent brother, Daniel must now solve his brother's murder and save the world – or die trying! It all starts here, people: Witness the birth of HAUNT!


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Unwritten #6
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Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

As the Tommy Taylor fanbase reels in the aftermath of the Villa Diodati slayings, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it's a story that ends with a massacre...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers


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Mr_Batman - 7.75 (this week)
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Chubbles
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Jack Burton
amlah6 - 5.50
young neil - 7.75
Old Man - 3.00
thefourthman
Chris
Fintan
Dum Dum Dugan
Punchy - 7.00
Daringd - 8.30
House of J - 5.00
GHERU - 6.50
McKegan
Kerny - 8.00
Dragavon - 7.00
PDH - 8.00
48THRiLLS - 6.00
Sire v 2.0
starlord - 4.00
Jude Terror - 7.50
prozacman - 7.50

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Postby Doc Jon » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:03 am

It should get a +1 just for looking like Symbiote Spiderman and Spawn post Money Shot.:P
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Postby MrBlack » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:07 am

Haunt #1

I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. The story is intriguing ("In this issue, the main character dies!"), and the apparent rivalry between the two brothers sets up an interesting conflict. The scene transitions were a bit clunky in places, and the torture scene is over the top, but overall this was a solid first issue.

As for Haunt himself, I actually like the design, although I prefer Ryan Ottley's version over Todd McFarlane's. While I initially assumed this was a Spider-Man clone, the power set is actually pretty interesting, and I like the very organic, primal looking costume for the character. While the idea of a man combining with his ghost brother to form a superpowered entity is, believe it or not, an old concept (see Captain Triumph), it is not exactly well trodden ground, and I can see Robert Kirkman getting a great deal of mileage out of the character.

The art from Ottley is, as always, fantastic. The faces are all very expressive, and the action sequences are dynamic without reaching Liefeld levels of ridiculousness. I am also quite the fan of Greg Capulo's panel layouts. He is not as original as Frank Quitely or J.H. Williams III, but he manages to walk a fine line between traditional layouts and more progressive work, and he does a great job using his layouts to draw attention to important scenes. The only downside is the inking, which is a bit messy and seems to take away from the fluidity of Ottley's pencils. It does add a "gritty" touch to the book, but I would prefer to have Cliff Rathburn here rather than McFarlane (odd that the two problems I have with the art are connected to the biggest name on the book).

I am still undecided as to whether I will continue with this series. It has some interesting ideas, and Ottley is always a lot of fun, but I do not know if it is enough to keep me entertained. Nonetheless, I think it was a solid first issue, and I would recommend checking it out.

Story: 7
Art: 8
Overall: 7.5

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:47 am

I hope this comic is better than I think it is gonna be.

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Postby SuperginraiX » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:54 am

48THRiLLS wrote:I hope this comic is better than I think it is gonna be.

(it's not) ;)
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Postby Punchy » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:56 am

SuperginraiX wrote:(it's not) ;)


Depends how good he thinks it's going to be, what if he thinks it will be a 9, but secretly hopes it's a 10?

:P

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:02 pm

SuperginraiX wrote:(it's not) ;)

Dammit! :smt011

Punchy wrote:Depends how good he thinks it's going to be, what if he thinks it will be a 9, but secretly hopes it's a 10?

This is definitely not the case.

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Postby Hermit_Sage » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:30 pm

hey I want my honorary coloring back!

it shows your reverence to me!!!!!
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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:33 pm

So many good books out this week, Planetary, Criminal, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable...So many good books..
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Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:36 pm

jsalwen wrote:It should get a +1 just for looking like Symbiote Spiderman and Spawn post Money Shot.:P


Now just a few more points and the book'll be in the positive number scale.

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Postby 48THRiLLS » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:52 pm

House of J wrote:So many good books out this week, Planetary, Criminal, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable...So many good books..

I see what you did there :lol:

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Postby ****** » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:57 pm

House of J wrote:So many good books out this week, Planetary, Criminal, Sweet Tooth, Irredeemable...So many good books..


I like that we're reading Haunt, it should make for a wide range of opinions. I'm looking forward to seeing how the book has turned out.

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Postby ****** » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:59 pm

Sire v 2.0 wrote:hey I want my honorary coloring back!

it shows your reverence to me!!!!!


I'll take it under consideration.

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