Reviews of Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger #1, The Unknown #2, Mr. Stuffins #2, and The Unthinkable#2
Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger #1
Written by Dan Jolley
Drawn by Chris Moreno
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (1 of 4), SRP: $2.99
Diamond Code: FEB094144
Huh, Boom! Is releasing Toy Story comics now? This I did not know. Now, if you were a kid of the 90s, or heck a lover of fun movies, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen and enjoyed the hell out of the Toy Story movie. You had the sarcastic and jealous cow-boy Woody in a buddy CGI movie with futurist spaceman Buzz Lightyear. Now, I won’t get too much into Toy Story 2 as it seems I’m like the only guy on Earth you didn’t like it at all, but enough about the movies! This is about the first issue of this Toy Story series and I have to say already it’s good light-hearted fun. Written by Eisner Award Nominated Don Jolley is a fun issue about Andy getting a new toy. Now, we all know the great fun that stirred in the first film. Now it’s Rex, the lovable and unscary T-Rex who is threatened. From then on you’ll be grinning and laughing along at just how desperate Rex gets in getting rid of this new toy. Jolley gets all the voices of the characters right. And yes, speaking of characters, they’re all here! Well… all except Mr. Potato head who was one of my favorites. And there’s even a mention of Sid! Talk about fan-boy pleasing, heh. If you have a kid of your own, this is definitely something to read and enjoy with them. You also get a good lesson from it. A lesson even adults today need to keep in mind. Great job, Toy Story comic team!
Mr. Stuffins #2
Drawn by Axel Medellin
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (2 of 3), SRP: $3.99
Wow, just what in the heck have I just read? Haha! This is a book about a kid’s teddy bear who’s a freakin’ secret agent. The thing is, it’s actually a great fun book and the bear kicks a ton of ass! 20 trained government soldiers suffer the wrath of Mr. Stuffins in some of the best fight scenes you’ll see in a comic. It’ll have you in good chuckles as this bad-ass bear does business to protect Zack, his owner. I’ve never even heard of this book before but if this isn’t a runaway hit, I’ll be highly disappointed. The writing is actually really good with some well-written characters and the art compliments the story and gets the job done, most notably the brutal and hilarious fight scenes. Just think of Wesley Snipes in the Blade movies. But instead of a bad-ass black dude, it’s a bad-ass teddy bear. That should get you to check out the book. Heck, I know I’m excited to read the next issue for sure!
Unknown #2Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Minck Oosterveer
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (2 of 4), SRP: $3.99
It’s been a while since I’ve read stuff from Mark Waid and it’s great to see that he hasn’t lost any touch when it comes to writing a solid entertaining plot with solid characters. Waid introduces us to Catherine Allingham who happens to be the world’s greatest private investigator and her partner, Doyle. They were contacted by a set of doctor brothers whose special box have gone missing, the box containing a dead body. Although playing a ploy, telling the brothers a case like this was out of their field, Allingham investigates the disappearing of this mysterious box. Through these conversations is where we start to learn about Allingham and Doyle which sets up great character moments and interactions between the two heroes and Waid does a wonderful job. Through their conversation, we learn of Allingham’s interest of figuring out an old theory about a dead bodies weight decreasing as their soul leaves their body. As the day go by, we also see Allingham taking pills due to creepy hallucinations which I feel are quite creepy, especially drawn by artist Minck Oosterveer. Oosterveer also excels when the duo get attacked by a mysterious creature that turns whatever it touches into dust. A few fast pace and gripping read with a creepy ending. This is definitely a book to check out!
Drawn by Julian Totino Tedesco
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (2 of 5), SRP: $3.99
Image’s Grounded writer, Mark Sable, brings us a mini-series about a best selling author named Alan Ripley who was hired by the government to come up with worst-case scenarios of terrorists attacks in order to stop them from happening. But happens when people start believing that the attacks are being done due to his files? Is Ripley responsible for them? A very intriguing book with twists and turns and characters you’re not too sure who to trust. Ripley teams up with a select group of specialists to stop attacks on a oil refinery by terrorist who’s come up with a type of virus to pass around through oil. Pretty intense which leads to an intense battle that drives the twists and turns to the last panel. Art is also really darn well done and compliments the script well. The mood of the settings are illustrated and colored well and the action scenes are intense. I especially love the way artist Julian Totino Tedesco plays with the backgrounds. Unthinkable is a highly intriguing and fascinating book of government conspiracies. I’m very interested in seeing where this goes because I’m clueless as to where and how it’d end, heh.
About the Author - Greg
Greg DAE is a Brooklyn born film-maker, writer, actor, and horror/comic fiend. He was one of the first writers of The Outhouse and one of the two original Bludnet writers. One day he’ll be an accomplished comic book writer…. Or else.
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