Dynamite resurrects another comic hero from the 1940′s, this time it’s The Owl with a four part series written by J.T. Krul with art by Heubert Khan Michael. The Owl has been lost for fifty years, suddenly he appears in modern times, and the world he turns up in is full of strange people and overly violent. Also in this new violent world there is a new Owl, a woman fighting crime but taking it to the extreme. At first he thinks it is the girl he loved but soon realizes that it is someone else. He tries to help this girl and tries to stop her from coming down so hard on the criminals she stops. It’s a battle between the two Owls, crime and this new world. I like a ton of the stuff that Dynamite puts out, I love all of these old heroes getting new life and The Owl is no exception. In fact this series is one of the best mini-series that they’ve done. Highly recommended!
Devin McKenzie is a librarian that likes to solve puzzles, she’s pretty good at it, actually she’s really good at it. For her birthday her mother sends her an ‘unsolvable’ puzzle which she takes care of pretty quickly, this alerts a group of the greatest thinkers in the world who decide they need to recruit her. About the same time a masked crime fighter breaks in and saves her from many men with guns. From there it’s a case of being chased after and running for her life while trying to figure out which side is good and which is bad. Eventually she falls in with a group of highly intelligent people, everyone there seems happy but there certainly seem to be something wrong with the place. Soon she finds out she’s in bigger trouble than she ever thought and it just keeps going downhill from there. This is a four issue series published by Dark Horse, Written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Mike Norton. I enjoyed this way more than I had expected to. I tore through these four issues in no time. The story not only sucks you in pretty quickly but there’s plenty to keep you guessing so you don’t feel bored or think you know how everything is going to end. I’d say The Answer! is highly recommended.
The Black Well is a comic by Jamie Tanner, and it’s a strange one. It parts to it that seems to be their own thing yet still connected. There’s a man with a dog’s head, a disappearing woman, a headless vampire and a strange doctor. Overall the only part I really found interesting was the man with the dog head, and even that started to run stale, mostly I think because it kept getting intercut with all this other stuff that I didn’t really care about. The best thing about this book is probably the art, it’s simple but I really liked it a lot. The Black Well isn’t for everybody, most likely just people that like the really strange stuff will be into this, so if you’re not prepared for that don’t waste your time.
The Underwater Welder is a story by Jeff Lemire, the man behind the brilliant comic ‘Sweet Tooth’. There’s an introduction by Damon Lindelof basically calling this the best episode of the Twilight Zone never made. I don’t think I agree with that but I certainly agree with the Twilight Zone connection, it’s a weird story for sure that seems like it’d be right at home with that series. Jack Joseph is an Underwater Welder; he’s got a pregnant wife at home and goes out for another job before the baby is born. When he’s underwater he finds a pocket watch that his father gave him long ago, from that point on things get strange. Jack is taken through a world where no one is around for a while and also explores the mystery of his father’s disappearance/drowning many years ago. The art looks a lot like Sweet Tooth, which I guess makes sense though I don’t think it works quite as well for this book but really that’s my only complaint. For people that like strange stories this is one you should enjoy.
Robocop wakes up in a Skynet future where he is forced against his will to kill the last human alive. This prompts him to travel back in time to stop Skynet. With the information he has available to him he is able to travel back to key moments in time, alter parts of history to give him a leg up in his fight. He also finds Sarah and John Connor in order to protect key people in this fight. This four part series isn’t the first time Terminator and Robocop have crossed over in the comic book world but in my eyes it is certainly the best. This totally sucked me in from not only the first issue but the first page; I’ll even go as far to say this is the best cross over that I’ve read in a long time. It’s even got a totally ‘oh shit’ ending. This is a must read for anyone who’s into Robocop or the Terminator series.