Spinner Rack: Blue Monday, Love & Capes #9, Mysterius #3, The Scrapyard Detectives #4, The Wind Raider #1

I’m catching up on single issues of various indy comic series here. All except for Mysterius were provided by the publishers for review.

Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us #1

Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us #1

by Chynna Clugston, Oni Press, $3.50 US
Preview pages and interview

It’s been four years since the last Blue Monday story, and I’ve missed these weird, wacky, wonderful teens.

When the gang goes to the zoo, Bleu is distracted by all the animals having sex. It’s almost spring, you see, but she’s also got sex on the brain because of her crush on Mr. Bishop. She’s hatched a plan to lose her virginity so he’ll be more interested in the “experienced” her, although she’s still creeped out by the idea of the mechanics. In other words, she’s a typical adolescent, racing to grow up but not yet ready to.

The characters haven’t aged, but the author has, which means the pages are less frantic and over-stuffed than they used to be. The cast is as active as ever, but they have more room to breathe. I like it!

I dunno what’s up with the other issues — #2 was due in January, when this came out, and #3 was scheduled for February (which would have been perfect, given the romantic aspect of the story), but this is the only installment to appear so far. Doesn’t matter, because I’ll definitely be buying the book whenever it’s available.

Love & Capes #9

Love & Capes #9

by Thomas F. Zahler, Maerkle Press, $3.95 US

I am running out of ways to say how much I enjoy reading this superhero sitcom.

In the series’ first continuing story, Mark (the Crusader) has been replaced by a shapeshifter. The not-Mark has taken back up with Amazonia, his super-powered hot ex-girlfriend, while two-timing Abby. She’s a smart cookie, realizing right away that the man pretending to be her fiance … isn’t. That’s part of what makes this series so good, that Zahler doesn’t descend into the usual cliches, especially when they’re unrealistic. He’s also got a unique take on the Crusader/Darkblade relationship, when it comes to the upcoming wedding, that’s thought-provoking.

I love the look of the characters. They’re so distinctive! Zahler has been doing sketches of other people’s characters, and to me, they don’t look quite right, but when he’s drawing his own superheroes, they’re terrific.

The next issue will be out in early May for Free Comic Book Day. In that story, Abby gets powers in order to find out more about what Mark’s life is like every day. What a great idea!

Mysterius the Unfathomable #3

Mysterius the Unfathomable #3

by Jeff Parker and Tom Fowler, DC/WildStorm, $2.99 US

I wanted more of what I liked about the first issue. The characters, especially the interaction of the two leads, are what interest me, but this issue is very plot-heavy, with too much exposition. I lost interest with all the talky-talky, although the concept, about hiding spells in Dr. Seuss books, is very funny. Explains a lot about the names he uses, doesn’t it?

The art is perfect for the story, caricature but not too exaggerated, fitting both people and mystical monsters together with a humorous overlay.

The Scrapyard Detectives #4

The Scrapyard Detectives #4

written by J.M. DeMatteis, drawn by Bill Galvan, inked by Rob Hawkins, The Diversity Foundation, Free

The neighborhood team of wannabe detectives are facing two challenges: First, Jinn, who’s in a wheelchair, is coping with the anniversary of the accident that put her there. Next, Raymond’s cousin Katie wants to join the group. I’m thrilled to see another girl show up, since before that it was Jinn and the boys, and I like the way Katie’s dialogue is printed in a font all smushed together to show her enthusiasm and fast talking.

Jinn confronts her past — and the person who ran her down — and Ray learns not to be a bully. Everyone learns not to jump to conclusions and let other people talk before they make up their mind about them. It’s obviously a didactic publication, an attempt to moralize through entertainment, but it’s readable and well-drawn.

I would be interested to know what people thought of the ending, where Jinn gets out of the chair. Is her recovery a good thing or the loss of a role model?

See preview pages and alternate covers (one each by Joe Staton and Shawn McManus). There is a collection of earlier issues.

The Wind Raider #1

The Wind Raider #1

written by Richard Finney & Dean Loftis, art by Gabriel Hardman, Ape Entertainment, $3.50 US

A post-apocalyptic wasteland where people drive buggies with sails. The opening, near-wordless sequence, showing the travels of one of these vehicles, is the most striking. Then people open their mouths and start speaking fantasy talk. “He’s here, I assure you.” “Then the sound of his pain will give him away.” Gag.

Various factions are fighting over something. There’s a town full of scoundrels and villains, and life is cheap. Oh, and mystic “ki warriors” can control the winds and do other mystical things as the plot demands. It’s overbaked, too caught up in its own mythology and world-building to tell a comprehensive story. Very pretty pictures, though. The artist has previously worked on storyboards for superhero movies.

There are two more issues in the miniseries, although none of them have come out yet. The book has its own website for more information.


3 Responses to “Spinner Rack: Blue Monday, Love & Capes #9, Mysterius #3, The Scrapyard Detectives #4, The Wind Raider #1”

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  2. Jesse Jackson Says:

    Abby with powers should make for a fun issue. Shades of 1960’s Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen stories. I’m sure Thom will have a nice twist to that type of story.

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