Lovecraft (Hans Rodionoff - Keith Giffen - Enrike Breccia)
A stunning, sometimes poignant semi-biographical, semi-fictional portrait HPL portrait. The comic book follows closely the title author’s life (though I was surprised that HPL in his young age was dressed like a girl by his mother); his father commitment to asylum, moving with his mother and Aunt to his Grandpa’s house, moving to New York, marriage and return to Rhode Island. But with few altercations. Being also a work of fiction, I was stunned how creators managed to fuse HPL work with his life. Shoggoth, witch, fishmen, brown Jenkin all made appearance. But, there is a problem with this. Namely, this monsters are real so Lovecraft resumes to paper and pen to fight them, almost like a superhero? Also, near the end, comic goes into mind-tripping WTF? and the story finishes on abrupt and unsatisfying note. I love how Breccia visually follows the story. Horror oriented moments are done in lavish, colorful and painted style; while those more mundane are drawn in more minimalistic manner, sepia nuanced with sombre tones.
Breccia’s art is truly art. Sepia, sombre tones are reserved for Lovecraft’s regular life, while those fantastic, horror oriented moments are done in more lavish, painted design.
Old Man Logan (Mark Millar - Steve MacNiven)
I wish I could say “Chief did it again” (as I always do), but the overall feel ends on three-letter word “meh”. I take the premise is already familar. In post-apocalyptic wasteland what remained from US, baddies won over superheroes and Logan lives his peaceful, pacifist, but miserable life with his family; until the Hawkeye visits him with attractive offer. From then on, road trip thru devastated America begins. Ah… Neither I hate it, neither I loved this. Story wise, it feels like straightforward, tight Hollywood blockbuster. I hated the characters. Logan is done okay, but others from Marvel universe are reduced to simply meaningless or unsatisfying role. Like Spiderwoman, who after being saved from the Kingpin, by Hawkeye and Wolverine, turns on the duo. Or Red Skull, who is revealed to be the mastermind behind the duo’s trip, and who should have more presence other than brief appearance. Next, reason for Wolverine pacifism. After so many comics, I thought that no one could fall for cheap Mysterio’s mind trick. More over is implausible Wolverine slaughtering forty X-Men. Yet, the comic doesn’t explain how other superheroes are defeated. MacNiven’s visuals are gorgeous and pretty detailed. In one segment Chief doesn’t disappoint, and that is gore territory. I never seen someone beheaded with a shotgun. And I am surprised with how much violence Millar and MacNiven got away with. Even if this belongs to non-canon continuity.