Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Quick Boom! Reviews

The Savage Brothers #2The Savage Brothers #2
by Andrew Cosby, Johanna Stokes, & Rafael Albuquerque
Boom! $3.99

With its second issue, The Savage Brothers unfortunately takes a turn for the boring. It's page after page of zombie killing as the titular brothers rescue a woman in distress; and when they're not killing zombies they're acting like pigs. These days if you want to do a zombie comic there has to be more to it then having your characters run around killing zombies, no matter how competently done it is.

Rating: 2 (of 5)

Jeremiah Harm #4Jeremiah Harm #4
by Keith Giffen, Alan Grant, & Rafael Albuquerque
Boom! $3.99

Rael Lyra is gone from the title, but it maintains the same level of senseless violence as the first Earth-based storyline draws to a close, more or less. Thankfully for the last few pages this title finds a semblance of a plot again, giving the book an interesting direction and the semblance of hope that the title might be worth sticking around for.

Rating: 2.5 (of 5)

The Black Plague #1The Black Plague #1
by Joe Casey & Julia Bax
Boom! $3.99

A three way battle breaks out between the mob, a 'science organiation' with designs on world domination (think Hydra), and The Black Plague, a long-thought-dead super villain (in the Batman villain mode--complete with henchmen and a secret hideout). Writer Casey adds in a framing sequence of a retired hero and a retired villain playing chess in the park, and a twist of sorts to the set-up. Bax handles the art chores well. This is a one-shot that serve as a prelude to an upcoming mini-series and should appeal to those of you looking for a slightly different take on the whole super-hero/super-villain thing.

Rating: 3 (of 5)

(review copies of the above comics were provided by the publisher)

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