“Like its parent title, Hero Squared, this comic cleverly and gently skewers (with love, not contempt) the cliches typical of the superhero genre, while not letting the satire overwhelm the actual superhero adventure. It’s a tough balancing act, but one Giffen and DeMatteis have mastered and is always a pleasure to read.”
“To comment first on the art, it is Good, with a capital G. Julia Bax’s style… [has] a great deal of detail, both in the characters’ physical and emotional expressions as well as the backgrounds. Moreover, with the semi-comedic feel of the Planetary Brigade, Bax (and Imaginary Friends Studios’ colors) do make for an engrossing visual experience.
“With the originals (i.e. the characters and teams who inspired the Planetary Brigade) becoming increasingly dark and serious, Boom StudiosÃ¯Â¿Â½ take comes across as a breath of fresh air, both for the newbie reader and for jaded veterans like yours truly.”
Space comics are back, both your ‘Scarlet Traces,’ various comics at Marvel and DC, and now with ‘Warhammer 40,000′ at Boom!. Serious, goofy, historical, the genre has made a surprising comeback in the last couple years. Where do you see ‘Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade’sÃ¯Â¿Â½ place in the genre? I think it’s unique in that it has a foot in both camps. The aim is for it to appeal to both gamer and comic readers and encourage a certain amount of crossover. If you’ve never played the game, it doesn’t matter, it still reads as a cracking, high adventure science fiction story. If you’re a gamer, but not really into comics, it’s a great introduction. You won’t get bored, we’ve put everything in there, Tau, Necrons, Eldar, Dreadnoughts, the works.
“I’ll give you a moment to absorb that last one. Have you adjusted? Great, let’s move on.
” This is a gently goofy spoof on superhero and super teams, and even if you’ve never gotten any of the other Planetary Brigade comics, you can pick this one up and understand it with no problems at all.”
“Boom! Studios offers up this thoroughly entertaining anthology. The good news is that even the weakest of the stories found in this book are solidly entertaining. The better news is that there are a couple of stories that are truly outstanding.”Â The loveliest gem in the lot is a modern-day pirate story involving a cruise-ship captain who was forever denied his family’s traditions and legacies thanks to modern technology. It’s penned by John (Blue Beetle) Rogers, one of the publisher’s mainstay creators, and it’s got it all Ã¢â‚¬â€ strong characterization, action and”Â realism tempered with an unusual tone of a fantasy come true. Lee Carter’s dark, grey artwork brings some real gravitas to the short story, and I just love the hazy look. Jean Dzialowski’s artwork on writer Joe Casey’s contribution is a real standout as well. The sketchiness of the linework and the yellow tinge to the art (courtesy of colorist Sunder Raj) really capture a sense of historic. There’s nary a single story nor a single visual style in the book that’s off-putting, and that alone is an achievement for any comic-book anthology.”
“Giffen and DeMatteis pull off a neat trick in their latest spin-off from Hero Squared; producing a comic that is at once a faithful recreation of classic “Marvel style” comics, and a parody of the same. The mocking tone never quite manages to overpower the superheroics, but it’s a strong enough thread of metatextual commentary through the story as to form the backbone of the comic.”
“…one of the most gripping thrillers we’ve read in a long time, and it may very well be the best thing that Boom! Studios has published to date (and if you look at their track record, that’s saying quite a lot).”
“Second Wave is surprisingly well-written, and because of the nature of its settings and execution in context, it instead creates a strange paradox by introducing really humorous one-liners which really pack a punch (the more notable one being the conversation between Miles and Duke at the end of the page). Perhaps the series’ most crucial element is its character-driven plot: along the way, you’ll meet some of the more interesting, fleshed-out characters whose personalities, eccentricities, intentions and ideologies seem to contradict each other. However, the series focuses primarily on Miles, a complex character who must overcome his feelings over the unfortunate events of the past as well as the connection with the aliens, all which are slowly revealed within his conscience.
“The first story, Bring Your Own Misery is written by creator Steve Niles and follows Mark overseas and straight into the Iraqi War. I have to give Steve Niles credit for that gutsy move, as the war is such a sensitive topic to say the least. Niles very cleverly weaves parallels between the struggles of the troops and Mark himself. Neither the marines nor Mark have asked to be in their respective situations and both are struggling to deal with their changed lives. At one point a young Marine confides in Mark that his girlfriend thinks him to be a monster for shooting and killing a man in self-defense; the moment is both ironic and poignant.
“Wolf on the Wave; written Johanna Stokes; art Julia Bax. Saying more than I should about this story would spoil it. Let’s just say that Johanna gives us a typically good story with an interesting perspective.
“The Walk; written by Joe Casey; art by Jean Dzialowski. Intriguing art–each page is one panel–gives the story an intimate feel that is strangely out of place with the violence and gore. Overall, it’s an oddly effective combination.
“Rum & Inspiration; written by Christopher Golden; art by Fabio Moon; colors by Pam Rambo. A pirate tale about pirate tales? What sort of self-referential madness is this? A thoroughly entertaining and good-looking one.”