Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Quick Reviews

I Am Legion: The Faun
by Fabien Nury & John Cassaday
I really wanted to like this more than I did. In 1942, there's a secret Nazi plot involving a young Romanian girl with supernatural abilities (where would speculative fiction be without the Nazi obsession with the occult?) This book follows two storylines: the Nazi program, and a group of allies, also secretive, who are trying to uncover the plot. Exciting stuff, but nothing much exciting happens here, as it's mostly talking heads and set-up. Cassaday's art is good, but not his usual great--I gather that this represents some of his earlier work, and it doesn't have the polish of this recent Planetary or X-Men.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

Licensable Bear #1
by Nat Gertler and friends
Poor Licensable Bear. He just wants to be loved. Well, not loved exactly--he really just wants to be plastered over millions of tee shirts and lunch boxes. Featuring several short stories by various creators, this satire of consumer culture manages to elicit chuckles, but it wears a bit thin by the end.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

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