Sunday, July 13, 2008

Comics Roundup 13/7/2008

100 Bullets #93, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

As previously noted, I've largely lost track of who the characters are in this and how the overall story relates to what goes on in any given episode, but the art and narrative style of this title is always engaging. This issue cuts between an assassin as he moves in on his target and the largely futile efforts of the target's bodyguards to protect her. I don't know why people get jobs as bodyguards, maybe they pay good pensions to your next of kin. But yeah, plenty of thrill power.

Captain America: White #0, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

These two have done a lot of interesting comics, combining an elegant art style with a certain nostalgia for the superhero comics of the past. For Marvel they have done similar titles to this one for other characters, looking back at the character's early days and seeing what makes them tick. These have only been so good, being a bit too contemplative and not enough about punching out bad guys or having a cracking storyline. The same cannot be said for the DC work they have done, with their Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel Dark Victory being enjoyable narratives set in the early days of the caped crusader's career. This title then is another look back at a character's early days, in this case Captain America. As you know, America's super soldier was the product of an experimental dosing of a seven stone weakling with a new super serum. Together with his plucky sidekick Bucky, the Captain took on the Third Reich and played a major part in America's victory. This particular episode has the two of them goofing around during training, with combat still ahead of them. It seems to be a taster of the limited series proper. Only time will tell whether this proves to have plenty of thrill power or instead is another "WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DIE, BUCKY??? WHYYYY????" emo-fest.

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