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Scarlet Book One – Bendis & Maleev

On Thursday, Newbury Comics had a “buy one get one for a $” trade paperback sale. You know I was all over that. I ended up grabbing a few my brother was into too. One that he specifically wanted was Scarlet: Book One. I was game. The cover looked cool enough, and the combination of Bendis and Maleev was a seller for me. I read it. Gave it a go immediately.

Spoilers: 1 page in, and I was already anti-hooked. Breaking the fourth wall is not my thing. Deadpool is not cool. I just don’t get into it. I like to suspend my grasp on reality when I read comic books. I don’t need a character lecturing me. I appreciate messages and undertones. Get your message across through the actions and story. Speaking of the story, how the hell did this “girl next door” turn into a semi-trained killer over night? How did a felon (she must be a felon, right?) get any of those guns? How did she get the drop on a trained police officer, even if he was corrupt and under the influence? How does she know to dump her wig in a puddle to remove prints? I’m sorry, but my suspension of reality can only stretch so far for a comic book that lacks leotard heroines or mutant aliens. Those are my two cents on that. /Spoilers

I’ll give you this, though, the artwork from Maleev is refreshing. I like it. Slight throwback style, not the crisp, refined images we are accustomed. I’m a fan. For that reason, I’d suggest picking up the 5 issue series from daggettscomics. The hardcover I picked up is cool, but how many variant covers do you need to look at? And the script? Probably not super necessary either.

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Comic-Con Put Me in a Dark Place

So I attended Comic-Con this past weekend. I saw the most overweight cosplay enthusiast dressed as Joker I’m likely to find. I felt bludgeoned by video game marketing. Saw some breasts. It was a roller-coaster, but in the final summation: there are worse ways to spend a weekend. So why did I leave in such a dark mood? Because I picked up Ed Brubaker’s Criminal trades.

It takes a lot to get me to read crime books or noir stories. Like a gun pressed to the side of my head. 99% of the time I’d prefer to read the packaging copy on deodorant. But Brubaker didn’t do me wrong with his Daredevil work and I needed something grounded in reality after being inundated by stormtroopers for two days.

My review: Shit was good. Really good. Pick it up. Here’s an auction for all four trades at a (currently) bargain basement price. Grab it.

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