From gratuitous violence to post-modern fairytales (it's not really that much of a stretch, is it?), Thomas Moudry reviews both Jason Pearson’s Body Bags and Michael Turner’s prodigious Soulfire.
Ok. Where do you start with Body Bags? You know how Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 are chock-full of senseless, over-the-top violence? That’s pretty much the gist of this series from writer/artist Jason Pearson, who is obviously having fun here.
Clownface, the protagonist who stabs a machete into a pregnant woman’s stomach early in the first issue, is a “body bagger” — a bounty hunter to you and me, and he takes no prisoners and brooks no interference from rivals.
Clownface’s daughter, Panda, wants to be just like her dad; her sexy, gun-toting cheerleader outfit and kick-butt attitude are more than enough to make him proud.
Soulfire: Dying of the Light (Michael Turner’s…)
The ongoing Soulfire series introduced elements of fantasy to twenty-third-century San Francisco. This follow-up limited series — complete with a number of variant covers — is a prequel that takes place in a time long before recorded history, a time when magic still governed the world and gorgeous human beings — standard-issue for an Aspen-produced series — had beautiful wings.
Unfortunately, the light, the magic, is dying, and this fantasy world is beginning to suffer. The purpose of this three-issue tale is to give the world of Soulfire a history, a rich well of background material to feed the ongoing series.
The story is solid. The artwork is lovely. Soulfire: Dying of the Light is not to be missed.
Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com. Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.