Unca Cee’s gonna talk Morning Glories first. Skip ahead to Tranfusion review.
Written by Nick Spencer. Drawn by Joe Eismo. Colored by Alex Sollazo.
Read about the previous issue: Morning Glories #21.
I’m guessing that I’m a rare breed. I like Morning Glories in a casual sense. To really enjoy this comic, I’d have to spend lots of energy and probably make a chart or two to make sense of the plot. Mysteries are wrapped in mysteries. I don’t hate the idea; I like Mind the Gap and was an avid viewer of Lost. Mind the Gap, though, at least reaches some resolutions and Lost was a weekly show. Trying to acquaint myself with these odd teens month by month would be an endurance test.
Do I hate this issue or this comic? No. Stories centering on mystery can be a nice change of pace, but the comics industry would be dire if most comics were near-endless enigmas.
I anticipated something happening with twins Jun and Hisao. Instead, I got a sequence where Irina’s group is in a ritual at a magically-revived pyramid. Everyone speaks a different foreign language. Irina pours a red liquid onto the pool. Hisao sees a vision (Jun in monk’s robes?); Hisao tells Hunter to run away in Italian, I think. Hunter escapes the Pyramid of Fate, but is shot at the shoulder blade region by Irina.
To fully appreciate that scene, I’d have to bring out a translator and pore over the dialogue to find any hidden gold that would help me understand the teens’ mission. No, thank you.
The flashback scenes involve Irina rescuing Fortunato, he of which has been injected with some serum. Are the teens being genetically engineered for some future conquests? I don’t know.
In the end, wounded Hunter meets a blonde girl. Don’t know who she is. I’d rather wait for the trade paperback to come out. I don’t dislike Morning Glories, but a monthly floppy is not the optimal format to present perceived convolutions.
Preview this issue at Comic Book Resources.
Written by Steve Niles. Drawn by menton3.
Who’s badder, robots or vampires? Steve Niles (also a contributor of Creator-Owned Heroes, among other comics) frames this question in a post-apocalpytic plot. The weather is extreme with very hot days and chilly nights. After the world’s utility is harmed in destructive wars, wanderers are wrapped up to protect themselves and are seeking food and safety.
In the first issue, our lead vampire character, William, leads a human family to a corn crop. The main character wasn’t being charitable as that crop’s a trap for the humans. Unfortunately for the nasty nosferatus, robots got to the humans first. Like vampires, these robots thirst for human. William engages in a fight with a scout bot. After finishing the scout, William relays the postmortem to who I presume to be his vamp wife and kid.
Artist menton3 didn’t leave out the sex appeal of a pale lady vampire with odd clothy things sticking onto her breasts. Overall, his art composition is very stylized with loose linework syncing with dusty brushes. Panels are rectangular but the pages can also contain scientific-like markings or focus on a major action. Speech bubbles flow outside and inside panels, but I understood the dialogue.
IDW has a vast array of licenses, but this indie horror series is worth a sample.