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   Fatale #5,5/14/2012 11:59:14 PM
A stellar ending to the 1st act. We learn that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake wasn't so natural, after all. We learn that loyalty goes a long way. And we learned that Bishop is a man of many faces, one of which is a squid-faced demon with yellow eyes. Brubaker's writing is as on point as ever and Philips is at peak performance levels. I really like this duo, especially now that horror is a part of their vocabulary.
   Saga #3 Cover A 1st Ptg,5/19/2012 7:16:39 PM
With no surprise, the writing in this series has proven to be the best of 2012. There are a lot of great owner-created comics out this year. Fatale, Thief of Thieves, All of the MillarWorld releases, but this is far and away the best I've read so far. This particular issue, number three, is the best of the best. The way that the unique planets and cultures have revealed themselves is fascinating. Something should be said for how amazing the artwork and inking is as well. While I do see this as a clear Space Opera / Epic tale story, it's refreshing to see a spin on the scenario, with all of the characters having such modern personalities and perspectives. This issue also proves that Vaughan is the best male writer of female characters in comic books. Period. The lead and the new character that's introduced on the cover are both the focus of the issue and most likely the strongest of any of the characters to come is the child, Hazel. I can't wait to read issue #4.
   Fatale #1 1st Ptg Cvr B,5/22/2012 1:56:56 AM
I was lucky enough to stumble into a local comic book store and have one of the employees tell me about this series. I told the person that I am a big fan of creator owned, singular story, reoccurring stories. First, I have never read horror, prior to this. I had also never read Ed Brubaker's work prior to this. I am absolutely sold. The amount of horror generated in what's not shown, the horrors in the writing and what happens to the characters. It's all very, very real. The 1st issue is an job to experience. Time jumps, huge reveals, very early on, and a woman who ensnares all men who walk into her life. The Nostalgia is nice, never over-used. The Occult elements make it all the more weird. Lastly, Sean Phillips shines in his art work. I can't recommend this any higher to a new reader or a fan of horror / noir.
   Fatale #2 1st Ptg,5/22/2012 2:01:12 AM
The 2nd issue of a new series can make or break readers with short attention spans. Considering that the shelf price is 3.50, instead of 2.99, there's an added element of risk. But fear not, issue 2 is just as great as the 1st and it keeps the story moving quite nicely. The plot begins to form, the men from the 30's are revealed as the pawns of a scheme seemingly no one controls. They only suffer from it. I enjoy how the woman isn't a standard Femme Fatale. She is genuinely in danger and a caring, beautiful woman. She just has....issues.
   Fatale #3 1st Ptg,5/22/2012 2:10:02 AM
Plans go wrong. This is the central lesson of issue #3 of a great new series. I can't get enough of the overlaps that the men eventually have, how the well the time jumps work, and yet again, how real the female character is. She has a plan. It might not go exactly right all the time, but she has a way with mean. So to speak. I can't say enough how much you need to get caught up on this series.
   Fatale #4,5/22/2012 3:23:32 AM
The plans have failed. Things went all wrong. The chase is on. This issue of Fatale was a nice set up to the last issue in the first act. The twins in the suits are weird but Bishop is truly a monster for the ages.
   Saga #1 Cover A 1st Ptg ,7/18/2012 6:59:46 PM
A first issue that shows the others how it's done. Starts with life then moves right into death. Disaster, scrambling, robots with TV heads, and Freelancers. Get what turned out to be the best new image release in a long time before it hits the 6th printing.
   Danger Club #1 1st Ptg,7/4/2012 9:57:15 PM
The opening pages are a brilliant bit of story telling, without telling a story. The retro comic book cover as exposition works quite well. The art work of the post-heroes world is even more breath-taking in comparison to the fluffy feel of it. There's a real power grab going on across the Globe. It's a real pleasure watching a bunch of sidekicks band together and find ways to take center stage, under the leadership of one particularly brutal, Kid Vigilante. Lots of blood, lots of gusto, and lots and lots of action. This has my attention.
   Saga #2 Cover A 1st Ptg,7/18/2012 6:54:59 PM
Wow. Right? After the 1st issue thrusts you into an unfamiliar world, issue two takes you to a few more! Wreath is explored I fascinating form, as is the cultures that have been introduced. The lettering continues to move the story along nicely. Very foreboding. Get involved now, before it's blasé to like Saga!
   Danger Club #2 1st Ptg,7/4/2012 9:58:34 PM
MICRO-TOKYO! YES! I thoroughly enjoy the Mech / Little Asian Girl dynamic, watching her whoop ass in cool looking areas, and seeing her shine, on her own. I'm sure this is going to be a re-occurring thing, the shifting of the spotlight, as new characters get some time. The scenes with Kid Vigilante and his former enemy, now ally were made emotionally tough with the reveal of Kid Vigilante's family situation. He went from being almost a villain in issue 1 to a very human, mortal man in 2.
   Danger Club #3,7/4/2012 9:59:26 PM
1st thing's 1st: The President is a maniac. Ok. Now then. The team is getting more shine and it's Lil Nick Fury aka Jack Fearless that gets the spotlight moments. Of course, there's the moments at the "Temple" that were funny enough to steal this comic, almost outright. Again, the President of the Global United States is some kind of Scary Captain America in a wheelchair. It works a great deal. His big reveal is terrifying. The entire issue is really scary, actually. It goes dark with ease and you don't realize how deep into crazyville you are until a superhero is committing suicide. Loving this series.
   Saga #4 Cover A 1st Ptg,7/18/2012 6:46:15 PM
The best keeps getting better. The Will: Freelancer. Killer. Moral man? We get a glimpse into the man before we see the monster. Very well done issue that could be trite, but instead turns cliché into memorable, re-readable moments. Vaughan is the Maughan.
   Saga #5 Cover A 1st Ptg,7/18/2012 6:48:06 PM
Again. The best gets better. Finally, the Sword is drawn from it's scabbard. A battle ensues. Unexpected casualties abound. Also, TV headed robots, y'all! Woop woop!
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