Comic Review: Outer Darkness #11

Outer Darkness #11

Image Comics

Writer: John Layman

Artist: Afu Chan

Captain Rigg and the crew of The Charon return in the latest issue of Outer Darkness. While the run has stalled out the last few issues, this newest installment breathes new life into a unique world. It’s wonderful when you stick with a comic, and it rewards you with an unforeseen twist.

Story:

In a story that lends itself so well to the episodic nature of comics, it’s a piece of irony when that aspect of the comic is the very thing that makes the run feel stale. The premise of Out Darkness is sound. It’s about a ragtag collection of hardened soldiers, wizards, and warriors, scouring the cosmos for lost souls. It easy then, for self-contained issues–beginning, middle, and end. Within this structure, the larger narrative sense is lost. Until now. For the first time in the series, Captain Rigg faces the true consequences of his actions. He knows he’s on the chopping block, but he won’t go down quietly. This issue gives readers a look at just how far Captain Rigg will go to get what he wants. It takes the series in a bold, new direction.

Outer Darkness #11

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Comic Review: DIE #7

Die #7

Image Comics

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Stephanie Hans

Die, #7 picks up the other half of the story readers left behind after the dramatic conclusion of the first arc. Since that sequence of events all transpired way back in #6, some months ago, recall Chuck “the fool” and Isabelle, or Izzy, “the godbinder.” Both decide to stay in the land of DIE, though for different reasons. This #7 sheds light on these characters’ motives.

Die #7

Story:

Izzy can barely hold it together. She journals about the debt she owes to the gods. Sure, she might be a godbinder, but that comes with a price, one that will someday need to be repaid. The problem is, she just keeps asking more of the beings above, and when Chuck acts like–well, like Chuck–a complete asshole, Izzy calls in another favor from the Mistress of Woe. The consequences are unintended and perhaps catastrophic.

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Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: David López & Raúl Angulo

Issue 4 ended on something of a cliff-hanger. Xander looked as though he’d need some serious help from his crush, Buffy. However, #5 picks up the story of everybody’s favorite Scooby-gang, in a dire state, both thematically as well as (and I’m sorry to say) creatively.

Story:

Issue 5 picks up a few days after the last installment. It’s a strange choice to have gap-time between issues, as  #4 left Xander in such a tight fix. Then, suddenly, Giles is adamant that Buffy comes to his home. Since she lost her phone some issues ago, he sends Willow to wake Buffy up before sunrise. Some sequences of what happened to Xander and how he came to be at Giles’ house rush by in exposition. But it all feels perfunctory. The pacing, a strength of the first four issues, seems nonexistent, the voice of the characters seems to blend together, and the clever storytelling mechanic of character narrated issues was dropped for a much more straight forward approach.

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