Comic Picks of the Week 5/1
Ten Grand #1
Image delivers superb material once again in Ten Grand. Although the lines of the characters are a bit frenetic, they combine with the saturated watercolors to create the perfect mood for J. Michael Straczynski’s demonic noir. The first-person narrative is delivered by the noir-tinged interior monologue of Joe Fitzgerald. Joe’s job this issue is to find a girl that has disappeared in the hands of a cult. A cult run by a demonologist. That’s right, through the arc of this first issue you discover that this isn’t Joe’s first run-in with demonology or even this man.
The story has a good pace that keeps you flipping while maintaining that angst-y distance required by those detective male protagonists we love. The coloring is a mix of red and black, which makes sense considering this noir has supernatural elements. It’s worth a read for anyone interested in great art, noir, supernatural. Hell (get it?), I’d recommend it for anyone. It’s an interesting story with a twist ending and is worth a couple pounds.
The Movement #1
The Movement starts strong and then tapers off as we barely see the titular group and are flip-flopped on how to feel about the police. The police captain starts off as a virtuous character intent on firing two indecent police officers only to declare war on the Movement by the end of the issue because one character (I don’t even remember her name, that’s how unmemorable her role was) revealed that his wife was cheating. It’s unlikely that the same man so stubbornly honorable before would suddenly hate on a teenage girl because she told him the truth.
Still, this unrealistic arc is the most compelling plot of this issue. The Movement themselves don’t show up till more than a quarter of the way through and when they do they have brief, bravado-heavy entrances and then a vapid fight scene. Now, I love a fight scene as much as the next person but would a little character development hurt? The Movement starts off weak, but I’ll be reluctantly picking up the second issue to see how the police chief deals.
This issue of Hawkeye – a series which has been a huge success since it first hit the stands – held some surprises with guest artist Francesco Francavilla. Francavilla takes more risks in panel placement and has stronger lines than Aja, yet both characteristics still work with the story. The killer behind the heart-stopping murder of Grills in the last issue is beginning to be revealed in this issue. The issue expertly jumps between two story lines and slowly peels away at the killer. This issue isn’t very Clint-heavy but that’s no excuse not to read it. The interactions between Kate and the killer are adorable as they wax poetic on the changing nature of New York City. As per usual, Hawkeye #10 is another great issue worthy of buying and sharing and tweeting.