Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Outlaw Scorn 3030 A.D. + E-Man: Recharged

Outlaw Scorn 3030 A.D.

A highly professional job from an upstart publisher, Outlaw Scorn 3030 A.D. has sharp writing, a good sense of humor, memorable characters, a sturdy concept, and enough attitude to charm without posturing. It also has razor-sharp lettering skills to create a very defined imagery of sound, which many publishers overlook. The coloring is strictly by-the-book—which is to say it stands next to top-selling titles without developing its own identity, but how many titles do? At least it gets an A+ for technicality and prettiness. The art might jinx itself in a few panels, but generally does a fine job with its style, which, along with what looks like the beginning of an epic quest, answers what would happen if Joe Madureira put anthropomorphic critters in a post-apocalyptic environment.

E-Man: Recharged

Find it on Atomic Avenue!

A super-hero like E-man, pretty much able to take any form he wants from a microwave oven to the microwave itself, doesn’t face a lot of challenges up to snuff for his powers. That goes double when he’s teamed up with his similarly powered girlfriend. Fortunately, the real concern in this book has always been about a fish out of water, and the stripper who loves him. This debut issue swabs the deck of the past and shoves the couple into combat with a new villain that can’t be seen or stopped, except by mirrors. Combined with a weapon capable of hurting them both, he presents a real threat to the reader. Not a terribly exciting issue for adults (and with a stripper in the book, not an immediate recommendation for kids), it is, nonetheless, a story that delivers on its promises, and does so in the form of idiosyncratically fun Joe Staton art.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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