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Cover When J. Michael Sraczynski first joined DC Comics he was put in charge of The Brave and the Bold book. Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold collects the first 7 issues written by JMS for that book. Those are issues #27 of #33 of The Brave and the Bold. In this collection JMS explores different story dynamics with different characters in one issue long story arcs that has little to no restraints from continuity. How is it? Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold is a collection of 7 independent stories, so lets look at each one of them. Death of a Hero Dial H for Hero and Batman star in a story that dwells into what it takes to be a hero. Sometimes its only a matter of opportunity. When a common criminal gets his hands on the Dial H for Hero's special dial and turns into a superman he gets that opportunity. This is a good story with a moral tag line that is entertaining without being preachy. Firing Line The Geek The Flash (Barry Allen) travels back in time until the WWII era. With a broken leg he must team-up with the Blackhawks in order to survive. The Flash is confronted with a moral dilemma. How can he not kill when in the middle of a war and the lives of the Blackhawks depends on it?! This is a cool concept but needed more than a single issue to get to the point where the twist made any impact. As it is its a bit boring to be honest. Lost Stories of Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow Batman meets a revived and confused Brother Power/The Geek in the streets of Gotham. BP/Geek is a living mannequin with a 60s view of the world. Unavoidably he get disillusioned when seeing how the world really is. Batman has a "don't judge a book by its cover" moment. This is one of my favorite stories. I love tragic characters, and BP/Geek is one of those characters. But like Firing Line this could be a great story if it had a few more issues to grow. The Green & the Gold Dr. Fate Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, is in an anonymous alien planet being attacked by mechanical yellow birds, and the birds are winning. When all seems lost a Dr. Fate simulacrum sprouts out of his ring and saves the day. Apart from the action scene that I throughout enjoyed (3 panels long), this is an story of acceptance. Acceptance of your fate and its inevitability. This is the second least meaningful story in the bunch, but one I quite enjoyed. Small Problems The Atom is summoned to aid some doctors in operating a sick man from inside the brain. Without their help that man will die a slow and painful death. The problem his that man is the Joker. Of course the Atom won't let anyone die, even the Joker, so he jumps right into the Joker's mind. But the electrical discharges of the Joker neurons are hitting the Atom and transferring the Joker's memories to him. Get a glimpse at the Joker before he was the Joker and find out how is this going to affect the Atom. This one wins the best plot of the book award. It is quirky and unpredictable and very fun to read. Night Gods Joker This one is very weird. Basically Aquaman and Etrighan team up and fight zombies and Lovecraftian monsters under sea. Its entertaining enough but in the end its very forgettable. Ladies Night This is the only story in this book where some continuity knowledge is required in order to get the punch in the gut JMS delivers in the end. Wonder Woman, Zatanna and Batgirl go out to paint the town red on a girls night out of a lifetime. This story has the biggest impact of all that are collected in this book. Jesus Saiz does a great job in the art department. While his art is better suited to the dark and gritty Gotham environments, it did well portraying the deep seas and the other settings. He draws a glorious Dr. Fate. I loved the faces he draws. Especially in the last story when he conveys the joy of the girls in one panel and the deep sadness of a shared secret in the next. Verdict? This is not a must have book by any means. Its not relevant in any iteration of the DC Universe nor does it contain very deep or though provoking stories. It is however loads of fun to read. I bought it originally because of the Dr. Fate story (there are so few of those, and I'm a sucker for magic) and I'm glad I did. Most of the stories are really good, even if some could use some more pages to better tell their tale. So, you don't "have" to buy this book, but if you're looking for something entertaining, free of the shackles of continuity, then give this one a try. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2010 Pages: 176 Authors: J. Michael Straczynski, Jesus Saiz ISBN: 1401227937 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-team-ups-of-brave-and-bold.html
It’s not entirely unusual to find screenwriters working in the comic book industry, and they usually produce remarkable runs (Joss Whedon in Astonishing X-Men, Allan Heinberg in Young Avengers, J M Straczynski in Thor, etc.). In Skybound’s new ongoing, “Clone” the writer is David Schulner, famous for his work in TV series like “Once and Again”, “Everwood” and “Desperate Housewives”. I’ve always been a fan of “Once and Again” (and it’s in this drama that I first saw actress Evan Rachel Wood, and ever since then I’ve been talking about her in this blog), I loved “Everwood” and most emphatically the protagonist’s passion for comic books (Gregory Smith and the rest of the cast were so good in this series) and I felt touched and captivated by the women of Wisteria Lane in “Desperate Housewives”. So clearly, when I saw that David Schulner was behind Clone I knew had to buy it. I just had to. Juan José Ryp As the title suggests, we’re dealing with cloning here. The protagonist is a clone who is being hunted by other clones. Who is the original man? And why are all these clones killing each other? In the first three issues, we see the implications of cloning: all the moral dilemmas, the political conflicts and changes this technological breakthrough might cause on our society. Certainly, David Schulner has found the way to bring a classic sci-fi concept into today’s world. Of course, this series wouldn’t be the same if not for Juan José Ryp. He is a brilliant Spanish artist, and he combines two very unique influences. On one hand he follows in the footsteps of painters from the Pointillism movement (which was a result of Postimpressionism), the Pointillism (also called divisionism) requires the constant use of little dots, similar to the ones we see in every drawing of Juan José Ryp. On the other hand, Ryp is clearly a huge fan of Geof Darrow, an artist that can fit thousands of details in a single page. Just a look at the wraparound cover of the first issue is a good indication of the amount of details we can find in Ryp’s work, from references to Image’s series “Li’l Depressed Boy”, to several fictitious brands that are references to real companies and so on. If we pay attention to the hundreds of people that appear on the cover, we’ll see that each one of them is doing something, either walking the dog, carrying a bag of groceries, speaking on the phone, etc., and they all seem to have different personalities and attitudes. The interior art is also great, the action sequences are amazing, and the detailed backgrounds add a very rich sense of complexity. One of my favorite pages shows the protagonist looking down into a pile of bodies, I have counted around 65 of them, all in different positions, all with tragic gestures. The cover of issue # 3 shows the cloned corpses with great dynamism and visual strength. As usual Image and Skybound are producing some of the best comics on the stands right now. Good for that. ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ one of the clones / uno de los clones No es para nada inusual encontrar a guionistas de televisión trabajando en la industria del cómic, y por lo general producen trabajos memorables (Joss Whedon en "Astonishing X-Men", Allan Heinberg en "Young Avengers", J M Straczynski en “Thor”, etc.). En la nueva colección de Skybound, “Clone” el escritor es David Schulner, famoso por su trabajo en series de televisión como “Once and Again”, “Everwood” y “Desperate Housewives”. Siempre he sido fan de “Once and Again” (y es en este drama donde vi por primera vez a la actriz Evan Rachel Wood, y desde entonces he estado hablando sobre ella en este blog), me encantó “Everwood” y hago especial énfasis en la pasión por los cómics del protagonista (Gregory Smith y el resto del elenco hicieron una gran labor en esta serie) y me sentí conmovido y cautivado por las mujeres de Wisteria Lane en “Desperate Housewives”. Así que, cuando vi que David Schulner estaba detrás de "Clone" sabía que tenía comprarlo. De todas maneras. someone is killing the clones / alguien está matando a los clones Como el título sugiere, aquí lo principal es la clonación. El protagonista es un clon que es cazado por otros clones. ¿Quién es el original? ¿Y por qué todos estos clones están matándose entre sí? En los primeros tres números, vemos lo que implica la clonación: todos los dilemas morales, los conflictos políticos y los cambios que este avance tecnológico puede ocasionar en nuestra sociedad. David Schulner, por cierto, ha encontrado la forma de traer un concepto clásico de la ciencia ficción al mundo de hoy. Por supuesto, esta serie no sería lo mismo si no fuera por Juan José Ryp. Él es un brillante artista español, y combina dos influencias únicas. Por un lado sigue los pasos de los pintores del movimiento del puntillismo (que fue un resultado del post-impresionismo), el puntillismo (también llamado divisionismo) requiere el uso constante de pequeños puntos, similares a los que vemos en cada dibujo de Juan José Ryp. Por otro lado, es claro que Ryp es un gran fan de Geof Darrow, un artista que puede encajar miles de detalles en una sola página. At least 65 corpses / por lo menos 65 cadáveres Sólo un vistazo a la portada doble del primer número es una buena indicación de la cantidad de detalles que encontramos en el trabajo de Ryp, desde referencias a otros cómics de Image, “Li’l Depressed Boy”, hasta varias marcas ficticias que hacen referencia a compañías reales. Si prestamos atención al centenar de personas que aparecen en la portada, veremos que todos están haciendo algo, ya sea paseando al perro, cargando una bolsa de abarrotes, hablando por teléfono, etc. y todos parece tener personalidades y actitudes diferentes. El arte interior también es grandioso, las escenas de acción son asombrosas, y los fondos detallados añaden un sentido muy rico de complejidad. Una de mis páginas favoritas nos muestra al protagonista mirando un montículo de cadáveres, he contado alrededor de 65 cuerpos, todos en posiciones distintas, todos con gestos trágicos. La portada del # 3 nos muestra los cadáveres de los clones con un gran dinamismo y mucha fortaleza visual. Como siempre, Image y Skybound están produciendo algunos de los mejores cómics del momento. Bien por ello. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/clone-1-3-david-schulner-juan-jose-ryp.html
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In the first issue of “The Secret Service”, we saw a paramilitary group kidnapping Mark Hammill (famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy). In subsequent issues, several Hollywood superstars are also captured, and neither Jack nor Gary can figure out why anyone would go through all these problems without asking for a ransom afterwards. Jack, the best spy of the British Crown, knows that the next in the list is Ridley Scott, a famous filmmaker and the creator of the “Alien” franchise, a well-known cultural icon. So what can be the link between Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott and the other superstars that have vanished from the face of the Earth? The answer, with the right touch of irreverence (something that we’ve all come to expect from the Irish writer) is funny and surprising. But don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here. The Gary from this issue is completely different from the Gary we met on issue # 1. The young man has grown up, he is no longer the immature kid that had a bad relationship with his mother. Things have changed. But embracing his uncle Jack as a fatherly figure might also mean that mourning his death won’t be easy. In a violent ambush, Jack is murdered by the henchmen of the man behind the kidnappings, a man who has a secret plan to destroy the lives of 5 billion people in a matter of hours. Dave Gibbons has some very good pages here: the sex scene between Jack and the villain’s wife is handled with subtlety, and the moment of Jack’s death is depicted with the necessary level of violence. With only one issue to go, there are many questions and mysteries that still need to be solved. I’m sure the last chapter will be quite memorable. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ En el primer ejemplar de "El servicio secreto", vimos a un grupo paramilitar que había secuestrado a Mark Hammill (famoso por su rol como Luke Skywalker en la trilogía original de “La guerra de las galaxias”). En números subsiguientes, varias súper-estrellas de Hollywood son apresadas, y ni Jack ni Gary pueden adivinar por qué alguien raptaría a estas personas sin pedir un rescate después. Jack, el mejor espía de la Corona Británica, sabe que el próximo en la lista es Ridley Scott, un famoso cineasta y el creador de la franquicia de “Alien”, un conocido ícono cultural. Así que ¿cuál puede ser el vínculo entre Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott y otras súper-estrellas que se han desvanecido de la faz de la Tierra? La respuesta, con el toque justo de irreverencia (algo que todos esperamos del escritor irlandés) es divertida y sorprendente. Pero no se preocupen, no planeo arruinar la sorpresa. my drawing / mi dibujo El Gary de este número es completamente diferente del Gary que conocimos en el # 1. El joven ha crecido, ya no es un chiquillo inmaduro que tenía una mala relación con su madre. Las cosas han cambiado. Pero tener al tío Jack como una figura paterna también significa que el luto por su muerte no será fácil. En una violenta emboscada, Jack es asesinado por los secuaces del hombre detrás de los secuestros, un hombre que tiene un plan secreto para destruir las vidas de 5 billones de personas en cuestión de horas. Dave Gibbons tiene algunas páginas muy buenas aquí: la escena de sexo entre Jack y la esposa del villano es manejada con sutileza, y el momento de la muerte de Jack es retratado con el nivel de violencia necesario. En el próximo número, el último, las preguntas y los misterios serán resueltos. De manera memorable, estoy seguro. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-secret-service-5-mark-millar-dave.html