“JM Ringuet’s painterly colors… are immediately impressive. His use of light effects is arresting, ranging from thick smog to blinding light that makes you want to squint at the page. The oddly colored alien skies look truly alien, and subtle motion blurs add to the action. I suspect Ringuet is going to become a name to look for, and there aren’t many colorists you can say that about. “this is a promising first issue.
“…the book still looks fantastic. Greg Boychuk is a find, his work vivid and exciting to pore over. The pages are full of life and panel elements that jump out at you, and I’d have no problem picking up this book to check out his development alone.”
About The Joe Shuster Awards
Founded in late 2004, the Joe Shuster Awards seek to honor Canadians who create comic books, graphic novels and web comics. All nominees in each category are for work published in the previous calendar year. The 2007 awards will be for work published in 2006. For the purposes of the JOE SHUSTER AWARDS, a Canadian is defined as a native or long-term inhabitant of Canada, or an individual who was born in Canada and now resides elsewhere (possessing either Canadian or dual citizenship).
___Ian Boothby for DCU Infinite Holiday Special (DC Comics), Futurama Comics 23-26, 28, Simpsons Comics 118, 119, 121, 123, Simpsons Super Spectacular 3 (Bongo Comics)
___Darwyn Cooke for Superman Confidential 1-2 (DC Comics)
___John Rogers for Blue Beetle 1-10 (DC Comics), Contributing writer for Cthulhu Tales 1, Ninja Tales 1, Pirate Tales 1 & Zombie Tales: The Dead 1 (Boom! Studios)
___Ty Templeton for Civil War: Choosing Sides (Marvel Comics), Revolution on the Planet of the Apes 2-6 (Mister Comics)
___J. Torres for Cartoon Network Block Party 22, Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi 3, Teen Titans Go! 27-38, The Batman Strikes 23 (DC Comics/Johnny DC), Ninja Scroll 1-3 (DC Comics/Wildstorm), Degrassi: The Next Generation – Extra Credit Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (Pocket Books), Love As A Foreign Language 5 (Oni Press)”Â
Planetary Brigade: Origins #2 (Boom! Studios)
Nobody can mix dialogue and action like Giffen and DeMatteis, and here the entire issue is framed by bickering by a recently repentant super villainess and a sassy drunken alien (think Roger on “American Dad” with super-telepathy), debating the “truth” of an encounter from their past. There’s no fewer than four solid laughs here and probably a dozen chuckles, as well as some whimsical superhero action along the lines of the duo’s seminal “Justice League” run. The core of the argument is how bad “bad guys” really are, with fairly hilarious results. Great fun to read.
“First off, the art. A good Mythos tale is about atmosphere. Cthulhu stories aren’t always scary, as such, but they should always be eldritch and creepy. Jean Dzialowski’s art conveys the proper atmosphere.
“One of the advantages of writing a Cthulhu story is that there are libraries full evocative, creepy lines from earlier stories in the Mythos. Michael Alan Nelson uses these previous writings to great effect.
“I was intrigued enough by [the characters'] actions that I was drawn in to their plights. Alhazred is a fascinating fellow, and Nelson allows you to make your own judgment as to the quality of his character and intentions. “Dzialowski’s art is colorful and surprisingly adaptable to the various milieus that the story plays out in, and the storytelling is solid. I may never be a huge Cthulhu fan in any format, book or comic, but when the stories are executed this well, I will have no problem reading and enjoying the results on their own merit. “
“TAG: CURSED is written in perfect introductory fashion. Anyone could pick the book up and follow it. Leib does a terrific job of putting Ed on the stage, diving into his head and peeling apart his emotions, and explaining the actual curse, and none of it feels overly expository or annoying. That’s no mean feat. Matching him, Chee delivers some dark, moody art that gives the sense that no one Ed meets is truly alive in their drab little town. This is a very strong debut episode, every bit as entertaining as the first issue of the original series. “