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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:32 am

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This mini has been excellent so far, and this issue should be no exception. The Shade! In Barcelona! With a vampire! Javier Pulido on art!

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The Shade #6(of 12)
as selected by Stephen Day


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The President has next week's pick

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Comics are to be scored on a scale from 1-10. 1 being suck, 10 being a damn good comic. Your review must be at least a paragraph to show you've put some effort in, but beyond that, there's no right or wrong, unless you disagree with me :P

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The President/Frag It
BubbaKanoosh
BlueStreak
Guitarsmashley
SilverPhoenix
Deadfett
Eli Katz
Ameobas
Punchy
Holland Oats
Jude Terror
Stephen Day

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:34 am

  • Week 1: Avengers #19 - 5.5
  • Week 2: The Infinite #4 - 3.5
  • Week 3: Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 - 5.58
  • Week 4: Defenders #4 - 5.58
  • Week 5: Black Panther: TMDMA #526 - 8.55
  • Week 6: Amazing Spider-Man #676 - 4.19
  • Week 7: American Vampire #22 - 9.0
  • Week 8: Fatale #1 - 7.8
  • Week 9: Severed #6 - 8.5
  • Week 10: Hellblazer #287 - 9.0
  • Week 11: Secret Avengers #21.1 - 6.06
  • Week 12: Winter Soldier #1 - 8.88
  • Week 13: Batwoman #6 - 3.88
  • Week 14: Daredevil #9 - 7.33
  • Week 15: The Sixth Gun #19 - 8.0
  • Week 16: Moon Knight #10 - 6.75
  • Week 17: Hulk #49 - 7.5
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:51 pm

I've been loving the little known parts of DC's universe that Robinson has been developing in this series. Sangre, Montpellier and the Inquisitor are all interesting characters.

This issue Shade, Sangre and Montpellier hunt down the Inquisitor hiding place and take the fight to him. The characterization makes for a fun read.

I'll hive this a 7 out of 10
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DeadFett

Outhouse Editor

Postby DeadFett » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:28 pm

Story
I really didn't enjoy this issue all that much. Mostly because I had no idea what was going on. I did like the setting of Barcelona though. Makes me wish more comic stories were set outside the US. I liked the idea of Montpellier but his costume killed my enthusiasm for the character. It was something I would've expected to see in a Tick comic book. I did like that the villain's name was The Inquisitor considering the story was set in Spain. A also liked Montpellier's explanation of why he expected five suicides to make a pentagram. As a new reader, there just wasn't enough here to hook me. It was difficult to get into this issue without having read the previous issues. I don't wantg to grade too harshly because of that though.

Art
I did like the art here. It was simplistic but well done done. Reminded me of Mike Allred's style. The colorist did a good job complimenting the style of art with little shading and bold colors.

Story - 4
Art - 7
Overall - 5.5
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:34 am

Frag It has chosen Amazing Spider-Man #682!

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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:48 pm

So didn't read this issue, I flipped through it and just was totally engrossed in the art. I've read Javier Pulido's work before and maybe didn't like it but he felt totally right for a story and just love the issue as a result. I didn't know the story or the characters(for the most part) Maybe had I read it I wouldn't think so highly of this issue but man the art was just incredible. And the best line to prove I did read some of the issue, "Some of my best friends are sodomites".

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:36 am

The Shade #6(of 12) - 'Las Cinco Esquinas' - Robinson and Pulido

Story - This Shade maxi-series has been one of my favourite things to come out of the DC relaunch, and it's been a real return to form for James Robinson, a writer whom, after the lamentable Cry For Justice, many had thought lost the to depths of crapness. But no! With The Shade, he has shown his old Starman quality, and the series has been a lot of fun, with one of the best aspects being the way Robinson has developed the wider DC Universe and shown us what kinds of superbeings inhabit countries other than the US of A.

So after showing us a German private detective and an aboriginal wizard in previous stories, this latest storyline (which started in last month's #5) has taken Shade to Barcelona, for a visit with his adopted vampire daughter, La Sangre, as she takes on her arch-nemesis, The Inquisitor.

This issue not only continued the deepening mystery of who and what exactly The Inquisitor is, but also introduced another Catalonian superhero in Montpellier, a crime-fighter with reptilian abilities. Whilst Montpellier doesn't get much to do in this issue, I just found it really cool that a character like this exists, that a writer is trying this hard to make the DCU seem truly global and really adding to the tapestry. It would be awesome if the likes of La Sangre or Montpellier were to show up in titles like Justice League International (as long as they don't get blown up!). For a relaunch that so many have claimed to be backwards-looking, some of the titles have actually been attempting to progress, but they don't get nearly as much media attention, and it's time to shine a light on books like The Shade (that pun was unintentional I swear).

Sure there are continuity niggles in this book, the history of Starman and the golden age seems to be intact, but elements of the New 52 such as Deathstroke have appeared. This book could even be a part of the upcoming Earth-2! But really, this sort of stuff doesn't matter when the contents are so enjoyable. This issue was a great european caper, with great witty dialogue, exciting new characters and an interesting villain. If you're looking for a DC book to read... you won't go wrong with this one.

Art - Javier Pulido has been a favourite of mine ever since he worked on the short-lived series 'Breach'. His style is very similar to Marcos Martin, who is one of my favourite artists working today, perhaps a bit more blocky and less experimental, but no less good. Being Spanish, he is of course a perfect fit for a story set in Spain (I'm not going to get into any Catalonia not wanting to be in Spain debates here, save that for El Clasico), as he brings a european edge to the story. I also love his depiction of The Shade, how he seems so much more still than anyone else, and the almost constant raised eyebrow. Just excellent.

Best Line - '...Some of my best friends are sodomites'

8/10

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