New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. No. 0
DC Comics comes back with another issue zero to celebrate one year of "the new 52." This time we get a handy recap and story set-up for everyone's favorite mass of dead flesh: Frankenstein! We follow Frank from his creation to his redemption in the Amazon, all told through the lens of a narrator/agent of S.H.A.D.E. Frankenstein is super strong, super good at healing himself, and flings a bad guy into the distance with one solid face-grab.
Bag it or board it up? This comic is beautiful. Don't let the ham-handed big production cover fool you. It would have you believe this is a smash 'em up stupid guns blazing comic. It's not. It's nuanced and illustrated with a lot of care. Frankenstein is a character I will not get sick of reading about, and Victor Frankenstein, his creator, is a villain I just straight-up want to see dead.
Buffy: Guarded Pt. 3
Buffy and friends are so close to shutting down TinCan, the social media website with a direct connection to the underworld - when suddenly they're betrayed. A pretty kick-ass fight ensues, and the tension and drama are ratcheted up as events from Buffy's past are shoved back in her face.
Bag it or board it up? I enjoyed the previous issue, and was excited to see where this issue went. It really didn't disappoint! The action is beautifully rendered and everyone in this issue has "something to do." The drama hits just as hard as any flying boot kick to the face (which, yes, Buffy lands on her opponent). This comic delivers so consistently it makes me want to go back and watch the show.
The Creep Issue No. 1
The Creep returns with issue one wasting no time story-wise. Expecting that the reader has already read issue zero this issue picks right up with Oxel searching for clues to the cause of a young boy's suicide. After meeting with the father and being given OxyContin, Oxel tries to put the pieces to the puzzle together.
Bag it or board it up? I'm surprised with this issue. This isn't a proper issue one. It leans too much on the assumption that the reader has read issue zero, and there's no real action in this issue. We see the plot begin to further twist, but I believe the clues as to what's really behind the suicide have been laid out too plainly. If you liked issue zero, which I did, this is worth a skim, but this is really the disappointment of the week.
Fanboys Vs. Zombies No. 6
One of the Fanboys goes commando in the dark against hordes of zombies. Dumb move, now the gang has to go out and rescue him. Guns are ablaze. Animals from the zoo run wild. There's even an awesome page where, after bumping his head, a character thinks he's in a video game and instructs the reader to help him through the level.
Bag it or board it up? Finally! Here's the life I thought was so desperately missing from the last issue! The jokes are cute, quick, and actually funny. The action is ridiculous and bombastic. The characters bicker just enough (last issue really overdid it). And there's an awesome twist at the end of this issue! Alright, FvZ, welcome back to the good graces of this nerd.