Look at me being on time for once! Mostly tights and capes this week. I know the holidays can be stressful. We at Fantasium want to ease the burden of shopping endlessly, driving to store after store only to find the same generic t-shirts in each one. Why not stop in and shop our wonderful wares! We've got you covered with stocking stuffers like "Mad Libs", Blind Boxes, and pocket games all under $15! Not to mention a robust selection of Board Games, Graphic Novels, and Original Art Prints from homegrown artists! Finally if you just can't figure out what your friend would like to unwrap, just get them a gift card! OK, enough shameless self promotion. On to the reviews!
-See You Around The Shop - Ed
"Devil's Reign" Marvel: Even though Chip Zdarsky has been building up to this event over the course of his Daredevil run, at no point in time did I feel lost or confused. I'm sure the long-time readers are getting much more out of this than I am, but it is an admirable feat that I am able to jump in so smoothly. I know Marco Checchetto is a fan favorite artist and I've never understood why. His work is full of extraneous lines, angular and sharply bent joints, over pronounced teeth, and sloppy cross-hatching. For all the detail he puts into the panels, characters are flat and static. Now on the positive side: he is excellent at scene layout, blocking, facial expressions (when the teeth aren't trying to jump out of their mouths) and even foreshortening. The latter two are some of the hardest to execute. If you wanna read about heroes fighting villains and overcoming corruption at every level, this'll be a good book to check out. 6 it's too bad someone else isn't drawing this so I could give it a 7 out of 10
"One-Star Squadron" DC: This book focuses on some of the lesser known and respected heroes of the DC Universe. Poking fun at office culture and the positive spin employers put on crummy jobs and the need for the gig economy. I appreciate that while they are dealing with some financial and political issues, Mark Russel doesn't get on his soapbox. There's also so much going on from an amnesiac searching for his home, a cult of personality, and a self help guru. 6 Spades isn't a sovereign nation out of 10