Comics I Tried Out This Week 4/17/15

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The Fade Out #1 – It’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with Brubaker/Phillips, right? I found the first issue of this latest book in the team’s long run of titles together to be thoroughly intriguing noir set in the sordid world of old-time Hollywood. I haven’t read the end of Fatale, yet, as I’m reading that in trades. But it’s great to see the team still together, including the wonderful work of colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser. I have issues 2-5 to read already so I foresee myself burning through these pretty quickly.

The Mysterious Strangers #1 – From Oni Press, I picked this up on a whim at the LCS because of the art and period subject matter. I like the chunky retro-ish line work. The story itself is a Cold War-set spies meets superpowers tale, it seems. I like the approach so far. The names of the characters are suitably over the top. It was an interesting, fun read. I’ll have to pick up more issues.

Wytches #1 – I’ve had this digitally for what seems like ages, but I decided to pick up a physical book because it’s only $1 and it’s easier to remember to read those! This one didn’t grab me quite as immediately as some of the others, but certainly enough to keep reading. Reading the back-up piece to this, I’m intrigued by the concept of the Wytches themselves, something we didn’t really get a peek at in the story itself. I have a feeling this will be a book that takes a good 1-3 issues before you really start getting the feel of it and where it’s going. 

Southern Cross #1 – Southern Cross, on the other hand, drew me in right away. I picked this up while in Seattle for ECCC, but just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. It helps that the artwork is gorgeous. The linework is bold and decisive and the narrowed palette of the colors really appeals to me. Plus, I’m more inclined to be intrigued by sci-fi any way. Very much looking forward to reading issue #2, which I already got at the LCS just in case I ended up liking this one.

ODY-C #1 – I’ve been really looking forward to reading this, but was having trouble finding a copy of issue 1. Thankfully I was able to order a copy (along with the rest of the issues out now) at the LCS and it came in last week. The book opens with a gorgeously done fold-out spread/map. Man, it’s been a long time since I saw a fold-out spread in a comic! Like the rest of the book, its gorgeously realized. The book’s language takes some getting used to. I’ve liked quite a bit of Fraction’s work (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, his run Iron Man) so it was interesting to see what he’s doing here.The style is very different, so it took me a little while to really get the hang of it. But I like it. Described as “a gender-bent eye-popping psychedelic science fiction” version of the Odyssey, I was intrigued to see what they did with it. The artwork is gorgeous and strange. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it plays out, and how faithful to the Odyssey in story it ends up being.

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