Todd McFarlane on Angela

Newsarama has an interesting little article about what Todd McFarlane thinks about Neil Gaiman taking Angela into the Marvel universe.

So I’ve always considered Spawn a horror comic, and Neil Gaiman is known for his horror, fantasy, and just plain dark elements so I can’t really get my head around Angela being in Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy.  I may have to at least read these to see where Gaiman is going to take Angela.

Check out the Article.

Revival #2 (September – 2012 – Image)

Revival #2

The second of Tim Selley and Mike Norton’s rural noir picks up right where issue one left off.  Dr. Ramin of the R.C.A.T. team is doing the post-mortem on Arlene Dittman the old lady who Martha had killed in the previous issue.  But to the surprise of the coroner and Dr. Ramin, Mrs. Dittman still isn’t dead yet.  There is something more to the Revivers than just your simple zombie outbreak.

Meanwhile Dana Cypress has been reprimanded by her father, and kicked off of the R.C.A.T. team because her sister Martha was on the crime scene with her.  What her father doesn’t know is that Martha is one of the Revivers too.  That secret weighs heavy.  The sisters both have their own ways of dealing with the secret though.  Dana heads to a bar and hooks up with a guy, Martha heads to the bar, and tests the limits of her new abilities and picks a fight.

Enter Mr. Abel (the only name that he has been called by so far though), a demonologist and exorcist who is having a boom in business.  His claim to the parents of a possessed girl that the revival of the dead brought a lot of other darkness along with it.  So as an exorcist he also knows how to spot a fake, and the woman that is trapped in a room with him has no idea that he is about to call her out on her bullshit.

This comic is dark.  The characters are flawed and human, but engaging.  But this title is serious business.  It pulls no punches and just doesn’t let up on its relentless nature.  I am really enjoying this title and can’t wait to read on.  Mr. Abel can only be a great character and the conflict brewing within the Cypress family can only get really messy.  It is starting to feel less like a noir and more like a gothic.

Next Time:  Hellboy: In Hell #2


The Spectre #21 (December – 1988 – DC)

The Spectre #21

I got a bunch of comics off of e-bay a few months ago and slipped into the middle of the stack was a copy of The Spectre #21.  I am completely unfamiliar with the title.  There is something really fun about going into a title blind.  If you don’t really know what is going on you get to be introduced to something new and special.

That is exactly what I got reading issue #21 of The Spectre.  The Spectre is James Corrigan, Private Investigator, but he is so much more.  Inside of him dwells a creature that is sworn to vengeance.  He hunts and finds people that have done evil and dispatches them.  In this particular issue he is finding who murdered Jenny Dean.

Her husband has come to Corrigan to find out who the killer is, even though all the evidence points to him murdering his girlfriend.  Once Corrigan has exhausted all of the  corporeal investigation techniques that he can, The Spectre takes over to find the spirit of Jenny Dean.  Find her he does, tied to a tree and tortured in Hell, and she is more than willing to tell The Specter who her murder is.  Because she misses him, her boyfriend is the killer, and all she wants is for him to join her in Hell, because she is lonely, and understands that the PCP that her boyfriend took turned him into something that wasn’t the man she loved.

The Spectre returns and informs Corrigan that the killer must be killed.  That revenge must be acted upon, something that Corrigan doesn’t agree with, but has no ability to stop.

The spirit of The Spectre in a lot of ways reminds me of The Ghost Rider, driven by vengeance with no mercy, and it is a testament to the writing ability of Doug Moench that the internal argument between Corrigan and The Spectre isn’t cheesy at all.  It really fells like two sides of one man.  The writing is bolstered by Vince Giarrano and Mark Badger who provide art that is dark and sinister.  It plays a lot with the imagery of film noir (which is fitting as Corrigan is a private detective), and the scenes that take place in Hell have a dirty and unnerving feel.  While The Spectre is in a lot of ways a super hero book, it is dark and brooding in a way that I love my supernatural superheroes to be.  This is a great surprise for me, and I can’t wait to pick up more issues.

Next Time:  Revival #2