Comic Book Review: The Hypernaturals by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker

The Hypernaturals Vol. 1The Hypernaturals Vol. 1

by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yawn. I had to force myself to finish this volume. This took a critical hit in my estimation due to the poor writing choices.

Some of the art was quite good. If I had to judge it based solely on its art, and erased the text, I might have given it a better rating. But unfortunately, it did have text. The text destroys what could have been a decent story.

First, it is trying too hard to invent a new world through the use of dialogue. Every “science fiction” concept and all common exclamations are replaced with “new” words. It is done with the same heavy-hand of a child’s writings just after they’d discovered the “almighty” thesaurus. This overuse of foreign terms makes the dialogue ridiculous and meaningless. And, there were times when I feel that even the author(s) didn’t know what they meant.

Second, there were several moments in the comic where I couldn’t decide what was being said due to grammar missteps. This isn’t a text-heavy comic. There shouldn’t be so many obvious errors. I kept wondering if they were intended to give the characters a distinct accent. I realize now, that it was just a failure to edit.

So, not only is the comic thick with chunky over-complicated text, but the missing structure doesn’t support it.

Its saving grace are the drawings that tell the story when the text fails to.

I probably won’t be picking up the second volume.

Comic Book Review: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksy

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird TrickSex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What is this time-stopping phenomena called? Postcoital euphoria? Afterglow? It’s not a story for kids, and I certainly wouldn’t share it with my mother, but I do think there is something here worth reading. I’m looking forward to the next volume, and I hope that the three white-clad super heroes at the end don’t come off as unbelievable and as corny as when they were introduced. That’s the only thing that could ruin this for me at this point. The artwork is beautiful. And, can I tell you how much I like to see “librarians” with crazy “secret identities”. That’s a scenario that I always find fun to read.

Manhwa Review: Little Queen by Yeon-Joo Kim

Little Queen, Volume 1Little Queen, Volume 1

by Yeon-Joo Kim

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Incomprehensible plot: I felt like I was reading every 3rd page (the flow and dialogue was that poor!)

Overly silly: In an attempt to be funny there is a constant recognition of the artist/character relationship. ie. the characters frequently comment on the artistic design or poor dialogue.. This is a common comedic device; but it was so over-used here that it was complete unsuccessful.

If this was actually an attempt at slap-stick nonsensical comedy, rather than a shoujo princess/academy fantasy type-story, I completely missed the point — and it still couldn’t be considered a successful attempt!

I don’t recommend this title.

However, if you’re interested in reading the slap-stick rediculous comedy-type try Excel Saga by Rikdo Koshi. OR, if you are interested in the fantasy/academy-type story try Fantamir by Jin S. Eun.