Cinema Purgatorio #3
This book continues to be loads of fun, although I’m still enjoying some stories more than others. Moore & O’Neill’s title strip is probably my favourite, this issue turning its brand of absurd humour on pulp serials from the early era of cinema (the hero of this issue, “The Flame of Remorse”, is reminiscent of the kind of weekly Buster Crabbe serials that my Dad used to watch - I definitely recognise the ridiculously convoluted cliffhanger-resolutions here from my Dad’s description of them).
Of the other strips, The Vast and Modded are probably my favourites, largely due to the art - and the latter also features a neat use of videogame logic in a slightly Groundhog Day fashion in this issue (which was smartly told in an increasingly shorthand fashion that’s not dissimilar to the kind of recurring increasingly-truncated montages you see in an Edgar Wright movie). Code Pru is ok but the art does a lot more for me than the (fairly thin) story, and A More Perfect Union isn’t really doing anything for me, unfortunately.
Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #2
A great action-based issue, Millar really plays to Quitely’s strengths here, with some brilliantly visualised moments and a really strong sense of the choreography of how the main battle plays out. Given that there are so many players involved, that’s no mean feat, but the book still finds space to chuck in neat little moments like a single panel that shows the villain calculating the angle of attack of her enemy, or trapping one of her attackers in a fictional world - a moment that could be a whole scene in other books, but which is tossed in here almost as an afterthought.
Quitely’s the star here, but we shouldn’t underestimate how much work on the part of the writer goes into making an action scene as clean and flowing as this one, especially when it features so many moving parts. And the cliffhanger makes me keen to see what happens next, especially having read the Jupiter’s Circle prequel series.
Given that this second volume of Jupiter’s Legacy is turning out to be quite a fast-paced affair, it’s really beneficial that we’re getting these issues on a regular monthly schedule, as it helps to keep everything fresh in the reader’s mind. Roll on issue #3!