“The writing is very good. You develop an emotional attachment to each of the characters, which is important in any horror story. You want all of them to survive to the end even though it’s not likely they will. When they come across family members and find them either dead or zombified, you feel for them…
“I laughed out loud when the nerd dances over the disabled body of his zombified jock tormentor… Using laughs to soften up the audience for scares works well and I wish that it was employed more often.
“In the house ads to this issue, BOOM! Studios announces that it will be publishing several anthology titles set in the Zombie Tales universe. If they hold the same quality as this issue, then the company might have a successful franchise on their hands.”
From PROGRESSIVE RUIN:
“Rael Lyra’s art is rough and ugly, but that’s not a criticism! Rough and ugly is what’s called for by the story, with highly detailed dilapidated scenery, worn and rugged people, brutal action…Lyra does a great job with real visual flair, presenting a down and dirty setting without felling oppressive. Good work all around…Ross, give these guys a raise!”
Skipping the action for the most part and heading straight for comedy, this issue introduces the bulbous Mr. Brilliant, a lonesome comics shop owner who’s the smartest man in the world and at least temporarily ends the extradimensional invasion threat from the first issue with an amazingly elegant and distasteful solution (with repercussions doubtless to be felt for issues to come, duh duh duuuuuuuuuuh). Mostly its an excuse, like JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA and THE DEFENDERS, for the heroes to be snarky with each other, though Giffen and deMatteis also allow for some genuinely human response; you get the feeling the writers actually like the characters. Several different artists on the book somehow manage a more or less unified look. Not exactly serious, but not as lighthearted as you might expect from their earlier work either. It’s good.
“Whereas the first issue read almost entirely as parody, Giffen and DeMatteis find themselves incapable of writing characters without depth and add some emotional weight and conflict to the still-present humor.
“Overall, the book is shot-through with the kind of rhythmic give-and-take dialogue that the writers are known for.”
Here’s a review of #1 we missed, from THE COMIC QUEEN:
“This is a pretty familiar plot in many ways, but Giffen and Grant show that thereâ€™s promise for a good story to be told here. Certainly the characters are intriguing, the art is nice, so the groundwork is laid for a solid sci-fi story.”
Digging through reviews, PLANETARY BRIGADE #2 finds JOHNNY B saying:
While the COMIC TREADMILL’s review gets into spoilers, saying:
“If you need a review before buying the book, here’s a short one: it’s good, go buy it. Then come back, please.”
“Giffen and DeMatteis to do in two issues what should have been done in Wonder Woman 219-226: tell a serious story about a difficult decision with humor, sensitivity (no, I’m not going soft), and style. And they throw in a fair amount of extra characterization and lay the groundwork for a follow-up series without too much trouble, making this two issue mini-series a nice piece of comics work. There’s a whole story, characters and characterization…
“Why isn’t there more of this on the market?
“Once again, Boom! Studios has produced quality entertainment.”
Well, two of the biggest bloggers on the ‘net, calling for a BRIGADE ongoing… Hmmm…
From Sam, over at MacGuffin, the GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOKSTORE:
“BOOM! Studios seems to have set itself up with some quality titles without straining the limits of their line. Carrying titles from Giffen and DeMatteis helps (particularly Stardust Kid) and I’m curious to see how War of the Worlds sells (particularly since they seem to have overshipped issue #1 to ensure a presence on the shelf). We’ll give just about anything they publish at least a few copies of several issues to see what kind of legs they have. Here’s hoping they can avoid getting bitten by the lateness bug (and can add bar codes to help my inventory tracking).”
“The art, like in the first issue, is provided by a number of different contributors…and Fabio Moon’s work on the lead chapter is particularly exceptional. Humorous, highly detailed, and emotive…the rest of the book doesn’t look too shabby, either.”
Planetary Brigade #2 (Boom! Studios)
“…a guaranteed purchase…
“…amazingly effective team dynamics and simply delightful dialogue.
“…scores of examples of well-done and amusing banter…
“Just excellent work, all around.”
He didn’t like PLANETARY BRIGADE #2 as much as #1. Buuuuut, he ends with this coda:
“Planetary Brigade isnâ€™t a joke anymore. Those serious pages have me hoping for more Planetary Brigade series in the future, particularly one for Third Eye, whoâ€™s Giffen and DeMatteisâ€™ richest character in their Hero Squared universe.”