Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Quick GN Reviews

Saint Legend, vol. 1
by Andy Seto
Alien demons threaten humanity, and only the Eight Immortals--former humans with the powers of gods--stand in their way. The art by Seto is great, with exciting action and vibrant colors, and the large format of this collection allows it to shine. The story, alas, is total tosh. It has all the depth of an early Image comic, with super-powered being showing up, posing, and fighting each other. It also reminds me of The First from CrossGen, which also featured mega-powered immortals fighting. It's just that the art is a heck of a lot better.
Rating: 2 (of 5)

Marvel Knights 4, vol. 1: Wolf at the Door
by Roberto Aguire-Sacasa, Steve McNiven & Mark Morales
The underlying plot--the Fantastic Four lose their fortune and have to take jobs like normal people--is entirely ridiculous. But since that was handed down by editorial decree, you can't really blame Aguire-Sacasa for it. Thankfully he makes the best out of a bad situation, and except for that lapse in the plot he writes a very good Fantasic Four, getting their personalities and interactions down well. The art by McNiven & Morales with colorist Morry Hollowell is, well, fantastic. Lots of detail and energetic when it needs to be. This could have been much worse, but the creative team rises to the occasion.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

Egg Story
by J. Marc Schmidt
Sad and joyful, playful and terrifying. Egg Story is the story of Feather & Five Spots, two young eggs who are ripped away from their home soon after being layed. They are gathered together with four other eggs in a carton and purchased by Julie, who stores them in her refrigerator. When Julie leaves on a trip, they escape and try to live their lives as free eggs. It's a sometimes funny and soemtimes touching story about the human condition, with a dollop of eggistential angst. It's a story that has a lot of heart. And eggs. And a ninja.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)


Dorian said...

You're absolutely right about Saint Legend, but I'm a sucker for it anyway!

Dave said...

Yeah, I just love Andy Seto's art, but man, that story... I actually gave up trying to read it about 2/3 of the way through and just looked at the pretty pictures from there to the end.

Kevin Church said...

That 4 book's premise is actually based on an old Kirby/Lee story from the team's early days. Leave it to Marvel to take what was a 24 page story and turn it into the basis for a series. I really liked the first story despite the, as you say, fairly ridiculous premise. Some lovely character moments. Sadly, the Jersey Devil thing did so little for me as to make me forget it was in there until the second reading.