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The second issue of Figment has now sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors, after burning through an overprint fast.
Expect an announcement and a second print lined up sometime next week.
What with this, Rocket Raccoon and Ultimate Spider-Ham – is there a revival of animal comics at Marvel going on right now? Lockjaw & Lockheed mini-series now!
Is the new creative team living in the shadow of Johns and Reis or are they finally picking up some steam of their own?
I have been reading this title since its relaunch under the talented hands of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Their work was spectacular even if the title seemed to suffer from some story drift (sorry for the pun) near the end of their run. When the title transitioned to Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier I was excited. Two creators whose work I had enjoyed in the past will surely be able to continue this character’s upward momentum. Unfortunately I have been underwhelmed so far.
Jeff Parker’s writing seems confined and safe – something I have not noticed from him before. I don’t know if this is due to some editorial mandate or Parker’s own trepidation following the likes of Johns. The transition seemed smooth enough and Parker is for the most part not jettisoning the good things about the character’s revival. This issue’s story, however, will seem very familiar to any regular reader of the title. A nosy scientist betrays Aquaman and inadvertently opens a rift allowing monstrous creatures to threaten Atlantis and the surface world. We have been here before and fairly recently in fact.
What I am missing in particular is Parker’s humour. Even Johns injected a sense of self depreciation into the character. A fitting addition since Aquaman is usually the butt of jokes anyway. Parker is, after all, writing the terrific Batman ’66 title that oozes with self mocking. The end of this issue gave me a little hope. I am not terribly excited about the identity of the big bad since you know this is the classic misunderstood fight trope. I did particularly enjoy the winged serpentine woman and hope she will develop into a worthy adversary for Aquaman. Parker needs to be free to bring his style and energy to this title.
Here again I feel like the current artist is trying to be too much like the previous fan favorite. Paul Pelletier’s art always looked like Alan Davis and John Byrne had a love child. He has smooth, sleek lines on solid, well positioned figures with expressive faces. You can see some of his style shine when the story stays in the slower parts of the book. Mera’s expression when she opens the door is particularly nice. Unfortunately, once the action starts, the pencils and colors remain in a singular style that makes my eye rush through the panels – nothing to see here just a smash fest.
In the major fight scene Pelletier struggles when the panel is filled with rubble and rough textures. It is hard to see where one monstrous creature ends and the next one begins. You have to work to differential between the different surface textures – even between a minotaur (hair), a cyclops (skin) and a crab monster (hard shell). I think this is made worse by a color palette that stays within a few shades of one tone throughout the battle. Norm Rapmund’s inks on the final page seem to clear up some of the clutter better than Parson’s do during the balance of the book.
Sometimes the artist’s figures can come off stiff while in action but then you get a shot like the serpentine woman beckoning the big bad through the portal – full of expression and emotion. I would like to see this creative team approach the story in such a way that will work with the artist’s strengths. I just don’t know if the art needs a better supporting cast or if Pelletier is just better suited to a book with a sleeker environment like Green Lantern or Superman.
What to look for
Is there enough here to believe that these talented creators are beginning to move in their own direction?
What might put you off
How long can we wait until these guys make this title their own?
Although I see a spark of hope here, I am getting a little tired of treading water (that pun was intended.) I am not too interested in seeing a poor man’s version of those who came before. I like these creators, just not what they have done together with this title.
Issue Number 29
Release Date 3/26/2014
Writer Jeff Parker
Penciller Paul Pelletier
Inkers Sean Parsons and Norm Rapmund (pg.20)
Colorist Rain Beredo
Letterer Dezi Sienty
Editor Chris Conroy
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff
Dark Horse announced that Gail Simone will write its new ongoing Tomb Raider series. The series will launch on February 26, 2014. An artist has not yet been signed.
Tomb Raider is enjoying a revival, beginning with the new video game, which sold three million copies out of the gate
It appears quite likely that Sony and director Marc Webb are planning to build the sequel to their successful revival of The Amazing Spider-Man around the death of Gwen Stacy, who is played by Emma Stone. The leak that led to this conclusion was included in a recent story confirming reports that actress Shailene Woodley, who starred with George Clooney in The Descendants, had been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson.
In an article about Woodley snagging the lead in an adaptation of a popular YA novel The Divergent, The Hollywood Reporter noted that she would have time to play The Divergent part because "the Mary Jane role is proving to be only a very small part in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to make the classic "Death of Gwen Stacy" story (for the sequel)."
Over the weekend, LucasArts teased that an "amazing" announcement was coming today that would be "awesome news for our old school fans." Could it be the revival of another classic franchise like Monkey Island? Not quite. LucasArts has made their amazing announcement, and here it is: ten classic LucasArts titles will be available for purchase on Steam this Wednesday, July 8. They are the following:
- Armed and Dangerous
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars Republic Commando
- Star Wars Starfighter
- The Dig
- Thrillville: Off the Rails
"This effort is going to make it possible to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to LucasArts’ classic games," said Darrell Rodriguez, president of LucasArts. "It also gives more people a chance to play our games by making them available long after they’ve disappeared from store shelves. We hope our fans are as excited as we are about our plans and we can’t wait to share what’s coming next. This is just the beginning."