Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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After the Cape + Civil War: Battle Damage Report

After the Cape

Genre: Super-hero

An alcoholic super-hero falls professionally and personally as he fails in his responsibilities to society and his family. He ends up pulling bank heists until his partners turn him over to a criminal kingpin who extorts his services. 

A good concept with fine writing by Howard Wong over a Jim Valentino plot. Marco Rudy’s chiaroscuro cover hints of Sin City, but settles on something more like AKA Goldfish with better sense of shape and shadow. It’s a good fit for the story, which could be a sleeper hit if it continues as strongly as it opens.


Civil War: Battle Damage Report

Genre: Super-hero

A Guide to the Marvel Universe done up as a S.H.I.E.L.D. report by Tony Stark (Iron Man), it contains entries for every major character, and dozens so minor they’re sub-atomic (occasionally literally). Honestly, there are characters in here whose creators wouldn’t even recognize them. One wishes that the real America had leaders so competently analytical as Stark, since we’re already saddled with privacy invading control freaks. Even the most trivia-minded nerd will be satisfied with the comprehensive encyclopedia here. 

High marks for stamina go to writers Anthony Flamini and Ronald Byrd, who now surely go to sleep at night with lists of secret identities for Big Wheel and the Living Mummy rattling through their brave skulls.

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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