Friday, June 17, 2011

Wednesday Is Any Day For All I Care #111

Drums #1 (2011)
Rotten Flips Out / Zombies vs Cheerleaders Flips Out #1
Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side #1

Drums #1 (Image, 2011, $2.99)
At first this book annoyed me by wasting two pages on foreign language ritual, but then I recognized it was building toward a dramatic reveal that properly utilized a double page spread, so I backed off. Then the rest of the book was just exposition, slim characterization and plodding plot progress. It isn't that it's bad writing, because this would be a fine first 10-15 minutes of a screenplay. It just makes for shitty comics, because a two hour low budget movie costs me a buck or less to rent, so I expect a hell of a lot more from a $3 comic than to support your pitch to a producer.

Rotten Flips Out / Zombies vs Cheerleaders Flips Out #1 (Moonstone, 2011, $2.99)
I liked the done-in-one thirteen page western story involving two investigators tangling with Indian savages (sorry, I mean Native American cannibal savages) on the track of a zombie curse. Two pages of bookends linked the first tale to a second, involving a modern high school football game overrun by the hungry dead. That one was a total amateur piece of shit unfit to be published in color on glossy stock. Better to have put out a $1.50 Rotten sampler than to close out the flip book making the reader question whether they gave the first story too much credit based on its company.

Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side #1 (Dark Horse, 2011, $2.99)
I was extremely impressed by how a story with a name as generic as Jedi—The Dark Side could somehow manage to surpass it in blandness. This book is more Prequel Trilogy than the Prequel Trilogy. It's about possibly the single least interesting protagonist in all of Star Wars, Qui-Gon Jinn, and the padawan he trained before Obi-Wan Kenobi during a time of unparalleled galactic peace. Admittedly, the padawan is a little prick, foreshadowing the poor judgment Jinn would later display in taking on Anakin Skywalker, and I'm already so bored with that whole line of thought that I can't even be bothered to finish my point. I imagine this is what it's like to hand a super-team comic to a non-reader. They're all "what's this about, nevermind, I don't give a shit."The art is by Mahmud Asrar, the guy who was a promising talent on Dynamo 5 before jumping ship to over-commit at DC and is now on his downward trajectory back to the bush leagues. Besides a garbage pain-ted cover, his interiors display minimum adequate levels of detail with brief flashes of what he could have been. Please remind me to stop reviewing these things, even if I do get them for less than a dollar.

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