Lovable Drunk, Dave Kushner, Reviews Comics
Hey kids, my name is David Kushner and these are my comicâ€™s reviews. Who's David Kushner, you ask? I'm David Kushner. Why should you care about my reviews? Because I rock, that's why. I rock all the time. As a matter of fact, as tired and slightly hung over as I am right now at my office, I am currently rocking, as we speak.
I know you're impressed.
So, what are my qualifications for reviewing comics every week (apart from the aforementioned rocking)? Well, I've been reading comics since... since I learned how to read(which was about a week and a half ago, just kidding). My first comic I ever owned was a Marvel Indiana Jones comic (not counting the ginormous Spider-man coloring book I used to have). The first comic I ever bought on my own was Todd McFarlane's (Adjectiveless) Spider-Man #1 and amazingly I actually bought other comics after reading that one (zing!).
I am a self-professed master of Marvel Comics history. I got love for DC too; I just tend to roll with the Marvel U. My favorite character will always be Spider-man. The greatest ongoing series ever is Preacher. My favorite artists right now are: Frank Quitely, Steve Dillon, Brian Hitch, John Cassadey, Adrian Alphona, and Scottie Kollins, but I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch. All time faves are The King, Jack Kirby and Jim Lee (I'm a child of the 90's after all). My favorite writers are Mark Millar, BMB, BKV, Garth Ennis, Geoff Johns, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman. Again, probably forgetting a bunch.
I love the Invisibles, and I'm convinced I even understand some of it.
What do I look for in a good comic? The same thing I look for in a good song. Meaning, I don't know. But I know when I like it. I'll tell you it needs the right combo of art, and general story telling ability.
My secret identity is a New York City Bonds trader-in-training, but my true love will always be comics.
As for reviews, I'd love to give you some, however due to the holiday no new comics are coming out today (Damn you, George Washington!!!). So instead I'll give you a couple of reviews of trades I've read recently.
Scott Pilgrim Vol 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
Okay, I have one major problem with this much hyped lilâ€™ indie series; after reading all the love on the BKV Board (bkv.tv, the coolest message board in all of comics) and the glowing praise on Brad Meltzer's Myspace page (go find that shizz yourself) I decided to check this mutha out. My problem? I only bought the first trade and now I can't find the second one! This comic is everything I wanted any indie comic I ever read to be.
The basic plot revolves around main character, slacker Scott Pilgrim, and his lovable cast of friends/bandmates/underaged girlfriend/and infatuations. The story telling is brisk, fun and engaging. Writer/artist Bryan O'Malley employs some of the most clever storytelling gimmicks I've ever seen (check out the map of Scott and his roommate's belongings). The jokes are hilarious (check out Scott discovering the wonders of email and online shopping). One of my favorite aspects of this book is the creator's knack for throwing the fantastic into the mundane and making it seem perfectly natural (Rollerblading through dreams? Sure. Slacker hipster's suddenly bursting into anime-esque throw-downs, why not?). That along with deft characterization creates a comic so cool you'll forget it takes place in Canada (I'm just kidding again, sheesh). Do yourself a favor and go get this comic. If you donâ€™t like it, you can come over here and try to kick my ass. I'm not saying I won't fight back, but you can try. As a matter of fact, if you don't like this comic I want to fight you.
Alright, I promise most of my reviews won't devolve into threats of violence.
Invincible Vol 6: A Different World
Invincible is one of the best comic series on the market. Robert Kirkman takes the time honored concept of a lovable teenaged hero struggling with balancing his real life problems and his burgeoning super hero career, and makes it so fresh it would make Stan Lee and Steve Ditko blush with envy (if Ditko stopped reading the Fountainhead for five minutes). This installment sees Invincible himself, Mark Grayson, travel to a crazy ass planet populated by fast aging mantis people to deal with some unresolved parental issues (to go into anymore detail there would spoil the first few trades).
Kirkman handles superheroes so well and is not afraid to go balls to the walls with straight up super hero action. The supporting cast is one of the best in comics with a great a combo of cranky friends, a clingy girlfriend, a super spy government agent, and some of the most inventive groups of superheroes produced. Not to be overlooked is Invincible's mother, one of the strongest, most pained characters in all of comics. Her pain is real, her suffering is handled with grace, and reading it, you canâ€™t help not rooting for her to overcome her problems.
Not to be overlooked is the stellar pencil work, Ryan Ottely. If you're not reading Invincible, he is the best artist in comics that you haven't heard of. If you are reading Invincible then you already know about his great designs, his strong, clean line work and his dynamic storytelling ability.
Rounding out this great trade is the gregarious, and generous Kirkman's inclusion of great extras. Including sketches, penciled pages and fascinating insight into the trade cover creating process. If you're somehow still on the fence about this book go read the introduction by Ed Brubaker and if you don't like it, you can go kick his ass, but from what I've read of urban legends involving Matt Fraction, he's a tough mofo.
Okay, I gotta work now at my actual job, but hopefully I'll be back soon with my reviews of books I've got this week.