Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Biting off more than I can Chew

I first heard of Chew in an episode of iFanboy , knowing the issue had sold out and my LCS only really focuses on Superheroes I predicted it would take some time for me to get a second printing. The setting in an America in which there is a bird flu pandeminc, which strangely mirrors the swine flu pandemic now. 
Becuase of the bird flu chicken and poultry items are outlawed and being smuggled illeagally. The police and the F.D.A. are investigating the activity of smuggling of chicken. Tony Chu was an cop whose partner was killed by a serial killer during a sting. Chu's something called a cibopath, so he can understand the history of something by ingesting and masticating.

I would have overlooked this one if I haven't heard how good it was. The whole series is so peerless and original, it's hard to review it. The writing is chocked full of tongue-in-cheek jokes and a sureal art-style. It would be unwise to not check it out becuase it isn't a superhero comic. I highly recomend this series if you can pick up a second printing of the first two issues.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Batman and Robin #2

The original cover looked a little boring to me so I paid $4 more for the variant at my LCS, that and I'm a Kubert fan.

The commences with a rather stressed Batman and goes uses a flashback what happened. I though it was very unoriginal for a writer like Grant Morrison. B&R are called in by the Commissioner, to the the confusion of himself he notices this Dynamic Duo looks and sounds different than the one he's used to.  Gordan calls them in to interrogate the Toad, a character introduced in the first page of last issue. Oh, guess what? The Human Torch is in this issue, no joke! Just kidding it's actually a member of the new group of villains. He's accompanied by an incredibly fat chick with a bazooka and bald conjoined triplets. The fight last about 8 page and pretty much makes up the hold book and my complaint is there is no onomatopoeia at all. In one panel it cuts back to Dick talking to Alfred about how bad the casualties where. That scene could have been better suited in the beginning during Dick's sulking. When the fright's over the Toad ends up dead in his cell. 

I don't want to spoil it anymore so I'll tell you what I think of the book. The dialogue is much more interesting that what Tim and Bruce would ever say. Now we have two completely different personalities, working together and overcoming their conflicts and trying to get the job done. Also in I feel the progress is being retarded by Dick's sulking in Batman and this title.

What I don't like is how the art is almost identical to All Star Superman, I didn't like the artwork in All Star Superman, but it really didn't affect the story to a point in which I wouldn't want to read. Also the first issue jumped in to an arch, this makes the issues fell rushed and dragged out a bit, like in Dark Avengers

Overall this is a great incarnation of the new Batman and Robin and I can not wait to see what happens next.