Today I’m taking a look at some graphic novels that might be worth checking out!
As usual, Adventures in Poor Taste has been an excellent source of information for all the new comics hitting the shelves. First we have The Skeptics, which tells the story of the U.S. government’s Cold War effort to create psychic spies, with the twist that while they believe they have succeeded; their test subjects are actually hoaxing them.
Spirit Hunters attempts to tell a tale that is part detective story, part ghost story. That certainly grabs my attention, but sadly AIPT was not impressed. The review says that both the world and the characters fall disappointingly flat. There may be some room for optimism however, as the post does offer some praise for the climax of the issue. So perhaps the comic just needed to get through the first installment in order to hit its stride?
I a previous post, I linked to AIPT!’s very positive reviews of the first two issues of DC’s new Raven solo series. The third issue gets much the same treatment, as a confrontation looms between the heroine and her mysterious antagonist.
Moving on to another young not-so-human DC heroine, AIPT! has taken a look at the first two episodes of the new Shade, the Changing Girl series. In this series, our alien protagonist shifts her consciousness into the body of a comatose Earth teenager named Megan. Surprisingly, the people around Megan are not exactly thrilled by her waking from the coma. Indeed, it appears that her friends may have been responsible for putting their former queen bee Megan into the coma in the first place. The first issue was given high praise, scoring a nine out of ten, but AIPT was less impressed with the second installment.
Finally, Bookriot presents the best comics for the month of October, including a couple that I have previously mentioned on this blog. Joyride, which tells the story of a group of teens who steal a spaceship in order to escape a dystopian Earth, has seen its first trade hit the shelves. The article also praises the third issue of The Hunt, by Colin Lormier. I had previously noted AIPT’s reviews of the first two issues of this series. The first issue got mixed feedback, with the review noting that it introduced a sympathetic young heroine and set up a creepy atmosphere, but the narrative was ultimately problematic, with the reader getting bits and pieces of plot, but with nothing to hold it all together. The review did note that the story might work better in a trade.
AIPT’s review of the second issue of The Hunt was also very mixed. AIPT! Found the first part of the issue to be a struggle to get through, being filled with flashbacks that didn’t seem to advance the plot. But then the last third of the installment was said to be absolutely brilliant, leaving it still very unclear whether The Hunt would ultimately develop into anything worth keeping an eye on. Based on Bookriot’s review of the third issue it appears the series is rounding into form, though it will be interesting to see what AIPT! says, if they eventually do review the issue.