Thursday, September 09, 2004

Quick Reviews

Tomb Raider; Sylvia Faust; 100 Girls; The Ghouly Boys

Tomb Raider #33-37
by James Bonny, Tony Daniel & Jonathan Sibal with Adam Hughes & Romano Molenaar
These issues, which I got from the quarter bin at the local comics shop, contain two three-issue stories. In "Angel of Darkness," Lara Croft teams up with a hunky adventurer to keep a mystic artefact from falling into the hands of the bad guy. In "The Black Legion," Lara Croft, um, teams up with a hunky adventurer to keep a mystic artefact from falling into the hands of the bad guy. Of course, in the first story she's traipsing across Europe, while the second is set in the Old West. But let's face it: Tomb Raider is basically the same story over and over. Heck, even video gamers tired of her exploits, which is saying something. Now, when you're looking for an artist to draw attractive yet oddly proportioned women, Tony Daniel is your guy. Especially if you want butt shots; Tony really likes drawing butt shots. That's what Tomb Raider is really about; well, that and cleavage. In the first issue, there's a three page sequence of all splash pages wherein Lara undresses. That really tells you all you need to know.
Rating: 2 (of 5)

Sylvia Faust #1
by Jason Henderson & Greg Scott
In a plot that could have come straight out of any number of shojo manga, Sylvia Faust is a princess from a magical realm who has journeyed to our world in order to escape a marriage to an evil prince. Scott previously did fill-in art for Gotham Central which I found lacking, but then just about anyone would following Michael Lark. Although still rough in places, he has improved with his work here, and his thick line works well with Leslie Ann Barkley's colors.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)

100 Girls #1
by Adam Gallardo & Todd Demong
Thirteen-year-old Sylvia is smart enough to have skipped two grades and has mad athletic skills, her parents don't understand her, and she doesn't fit in at school. She also manifests super strength, which must explain why a secret organization--which refers to her as #97--is keeping tabs on her, and has nearly 100 identical girls stored away in cloning vats. Demong's art is interesting, clean yet stylistically a bit ugly, and thankfully steers clear of turning this into yet another teenage T&A book. I'm interested enough to stick around for at least a couple more issues to see where this goes.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

The Gouly Boys #1
by Christopher
The story of a dead boy whose spirit has been poured into body made from a burlap sack, and his best friend--an overweight bat. It's meant to be goth, but it's a bit too sweet and affectionate, and lacks the wry humor of a book like Lenore. the singularly-named Christopher is talented in both art and storytelling, but this book just doesn't hook me.
Rating: 2.5 (of 5)


Ron Freeman said...

I adore Ghouly Boys, I love how sweet and sad it is at the same time. I think it could be a great all-ages title. Sorry you're not into it.

Dave Carter said...

Sometimes my expectations work against me--The Ghouly Boys looked like something I'd really like, so I was disappointed when it didn't quite live up to those expectations. In my personal ratings system, a 2.5 is what I give to things that didn't quite work for me, but which might be enjoyed by people who enjoy these types of things. I'm perfectly willing to admit that with The Ghouly Boys it could just be me.