Saturday, October 16, 2021

Jerry Smith:

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Scarface: Scarred for Life + Bye-Bye Harvey: A Gun Theory Short Story

SCARFACE: SCARRED FOR LIFE

Genre: Crime, Licensed

Just when you thought all of the good media tie-ins were taken—along comes Scarface. This one is a bit unanticipated, given that the character was destroyed by a hail of automatic weapons fire at the end of the original film. However IDW, leaving no licensed property unturned, presents a sequel to that cult cinema favorite. The angle taken by this series is, after being shot more than a hundred times, Tony Montana gets better. Here, after a few months of recovery, Montana is a reluctant government witness confined to a wheelchair. But if you think that slows him down or stops him from killing a whole lot of people, well, you’d be wrong.

Scarface fans will be right at home with writer John Layman’s take on Tony Montana, which jibes perfectly with the movie. Dave Crosland’s cartoony take on the art somehow perfectly compliments the story’s ultra-violent nature.

BYE-BYE, HARVEY: A GUN THEORY SHORT STORY

Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime

Writer Daniel Way’s Gun Theory is a mix of every serial killer/hitman story you’ve ever seen. In some cases, the source material is better (100 Bullets, films such as The Professional), in others, about the same (Marvel’s Elektra). This watered-down version is the story of “The Ghost,” the kind of amoral, invincible hitman who only exists in fictional power fantasies. The short story of the title is said killer’s “origin,” where he describes in detail the first and second people he ever murdered (not surprisingly, within seconds of each other). Derivative and clichéd, there is nothing here readers familiar with the genre have not seen a thousand times before.

Jerry Smith is a writer, video producer and sales rep living in the wilds of Burlington, KY. His parents bought him a few comics to page through at age four and he’s never looked back. Even after discovering girls. According to ComicBase, his collection today is pushing 20,000 books, with additions every week. A lover of the hobby and the entire comics medium, Jerry still feels that every Wednesday is like Christmas. Thoughts and comments are always welcome at jerrysemail@fuse.net.

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