An interview with… me?!… conducted by Stephanie Mangold at Silver Bullet Comics.
Zombie Tales: Death Valley #2 (Boom!; by Troy): I have to say that I really like the way that Boom! operates. I enjoy that they do two-and-out minis. I enjoy that they have anthologies and divergent ideas grouped under shared banners. One case in point is this ZT mini, which shares a name with the anthology but needed more space to tell its tale of teens in trouble from ravenous, photo-sensitive zombies. Though this issue hews a bit more to tradition as we lose members of the cast, the realistic depiction of the teens was refreshing and the attachment of an extra dilemma added to the suspense. This is a solid little addition to the genre, and other title for Boom! to be proud of.
Planetary Brigade #1 (Boom!; by Troy): This very entertaining read spotlights Captain Valorâ€™s team, as seen in Hero Squared. Prior to their deaths, the bickering group operated in a way similar to the old JLI. And perhaps thatâ€™s because they were also written by Giffen and DeMatteis. This is fun, occasionally hilarious super-hero comics; I look forward to more of it, but Iâ€™d hope for a regular art team. I found the style shifts every couple of pages to be somewhat distracting. Still, the writing and character are the stars, and those are golden.
Who likes Boom Studios? I do, I do. Even when they make a comic I don’t like, I can tell there’s a real effort behind it. After not really digging last week’s Jeremiah Harm, I’m happy to say that Planetary Brigade #1 is quite good. Giffen and DeMatteis are fiddling with archetypes a bit while adding plenty of their own touches and the dialogue zips along perfectly. The art? Oh, it’s nice, even with the changeups between contributors. Joe Abraham, Cynthia Martin, Mark Badger, Eduardo Barretto, and Chase Conley manage to consistently work some potent superhero magic. You can read this without having looked at its companion title Hero Squared and, in fact, I think you probably should. Go do it now.