Saturday, November 03, 2007

Crime Bible #1, Midnighter: Armageddon #1, Special Forces #1 

Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #1:

Here’s a confession: I have not read a single issue of Countdown, 52, Aftermath, or other related mini- and maxi-series. I never formed any attachment to 95% of DC’s humongous stable of characters and I have no love for wildly over-plotted angst festivals, so there really hasn’t been any reason for me too. Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood is a little different. It was my first chance to see Renee Montoya (always a favorite of mine) do her Question thing without having to read 30 friggin’ comics just to understand what was going on. And the premise – about the book of a holy sect dedicated to the sacred art of criminality – is a pretty good one. And, oh, hey, it’s Greg Rucka writing this thing? I’m in.


Midnighter: Armageddon #1:

It’s weird to see a comic book work so hard to undermine itself. Scarcely a sequence in Midnighter: Armageddon goes by without one character or another remarking how often this sort of thing happens and how unexceptional it should be for the title character. So what’s the “this sort of thing” I’m talking about? Ah, the usual: Wildcat member Void takes the Midnighter to a possible post-apocalyptic future, and it’s up to him to prevent it from happening. Just as you’re thinking “Wow, this is every fill-in arc written for teams like the Authority since pretty much the beginning of comics,” the Midnighter says much the same thing. I suppose the intended audience reaction was amusement. That wasn’t how I reacted.


Special Forces #1:

In the back of Special Forces #1, writer-artist Kyle Baker gives us the inspiration for his story in the form of two news clippings about the same story: In May of 2006, a couple of Army recruiters were put under investigation when it was discovered they had signed up an 18 year-old boy who had been diagnosed as autistic. Especially highlighted were two statements from both: that the Army has been under unbelievable pressure to recruit, and that despite being autistic, the 18 year-old qualified for entry into the Army in both mental and physical examinations.


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