What I’m Reading : Graphic Novel TPB Recap

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THE PUNISHER : BLACK & WHITE – The Punisher is one of those characters that a little bit of goes a long way. It is such a basically one-note character that has been so exhaustively written about, that it is hard to do anything fresh or exciting with that character, but Nathan Edmondson attempts to do just that with PUNISHER : BLACK & WHITE.

A new city, a pet wolf, and a mixing of street level and super-powered bad guys, and add to that a worn motif of ‘laws and cops as incompetent, and only Punisher’s brand of brutality gets it right’ and the whole story just comes off as so much badly applied makeup to a decaying corpse.

An okay, if immediately forgettable six issue storyline, with an inferior and unsatisfying cliffhanger ending, spells a story worth trying but not worth buying or keeping. Grade : C-/D.

 

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BLACK WIDOW : THE FINELY WOVEN THREAD –The prolific Nathan Edmondson takes his talent for the gritty to chronicling the exploits of everyone’s favorite sexy Russian super-spy, in BLACK WIDOW : THE FINELY WOVEN THREAD.

Edmondson uses a softer touch here than in his Punisher run, and it’s a better fit, as this time it is an understated espionage tinged series of stories, that serves as a vehicle for the real selling point, which is the lush, painterly, sumptuous art by Phil Noto. The story itself is largely unmemorable, thankfully what warrants a 2nd and third viewing is the art. So overall grade: C/C+.

 

MOVIE TRAILER RECAP! End of July Edition!

Well been a while, so thought I would touch on a few of the newer trailers I’ve seen.

DREDD– The DREDD trailer really does nothing for me. Following in the footsteps of THE RAID and other such movies it’s a bit of an overused premise these days. Basically video game carnage, (you have to clear and dispatch enemies in a building) with possibly a plot thinly wrapped around it.

Again just going by the trailer, actual film may be great, but the trailer gives me no incentive to find out.

FLIGHT– See my earlier coverage on the upcoming film (the poster is the height of laziness. Their marketing people should be fired), but as far as the trailer… I quite like it. Nothing revolutionary, just an easy drama, but it looks engaging and perhaps morally satisfying, and it has been a bit since I’ve seen that combination. So this is definitely one I’m looking forward to seeing in the theaters


FREELANCERS– It’s a bit difficult to get a read on where this film is heading. I’m not a fan of the TRAINING DAY type of film, but there’s enough twists and excitement, in this trailer to keep me interested. And while I don’t care anything about 50cent starring in this, powerhouse actors such as Forrest Whitaker and Robert Dinero make this one I’m really looking forward to seeing.


AFTER EARTH– This teaser for the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film, much like the teaser for the upcoming ROBOCOP, looks slick and intriguing, but really gives you no clue as to the quality of the finished product. Post THE VILLAGE, M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation has taken a decided hit, with one derided, and under-performing film after another. So with AFTER EARTH he teams with Will Smith, hoping that the star’s record of box office successes can rub off on this film. Time will tell.