Just a couple noteworthy reads worth mentioning.
Vampires Will Never Hurt You
Is a cracking little Halloween horror, that touches on LBGT bullying. The whole package is put together by June Vigantes and it’s a really accomplished indie effort that I’m considering tracking down in print.
Very well paced with characters I cared for almost instantly. The big development in the plot is delivered very well. I know it’s influenced by the My Chemical Romance song of the same title but I can’t help but feel a slight Spirited Away influence here as well. Perhaps subconsciously by the writer/artist.
Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill
This has me very intrigued.
First off: I think this was written with guided view in mind, if not, then it must be sheer coincidence that guided view is so effective here. It struck me straight away after I noticed the insertion of a blacked out panel, which almost acted like a pause after the epilogue, then a prep for a narrative voiceover intro (or as close as you will get in comics) to kick in.
Written by Nick Spencer with art by an on-form a Mark Bagley, I think this is unlike anything I’ve read from the big two, at least in a while.
I felt a bit like a teenager again reading this, it was all very fresh and mysterious, it lacked that repetitive nature that you find when you’ve been reading comics for decades.
I don’t want to say too much because I went in knowing nothing and that definitely made for a better read.
It totally threw me all the way, right up until the last page where I thought it was going to be Tony Stark and Bucky Barnes .
Has anyone else read this? I thought it was fantastic. Dunno how the rest of the event will be, but this was a great issue.