Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rasl v2: #6

The Fire of St. George
by Jeff Smith

Chapter 6 - The Mad Scientist

Three-quarters of this chapter is a history lesson on Nikolai Tesla and electricity. There's a little bit of story interspersed with the history. It's hard to say at this point how important Tesla is to the main storyline but presumably it is either integral to the story or vital background information.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rasl v2: #5

The Fire of St. George
by Jeff Smith

Chapter 5 - Maya

This chapter seemed less confusing than the last one. Robert is blacking out at random times. He is also remembering things from his past. He remembers the Maya he knew from the top secret government research project they were working on together with her husband, Miles. He encounters the alternate universe Maya who works at a museum. Both are devoted to him, as is Annie. It is unclear or doubtful that the feeling is mutual.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rasl v2: #4

The Fire of St. George
by Jeff Smith

Chapter 4 - Opening Doors

I'm intrigued but confused by this story. I feel lost. All sorts of information is being thrown at me but I'm not sure how to process it all. It doesn't all mesh well. The nature of reality is called into question and under dispute. Boundaries have yet to be established. It is all very confusing.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

House of Mystery v5: #25

Exquisite Corpse

Part 1: Comes the Hunter, written by Bill Willingham
Part 2: The Heart's Filthy Lesson, written by Dave Justus
Part 3: The Pen Is Mightier..., written by Paul Levitz
Part 4: Heart and Soul, written by Alisa Kwitney
Part 5: A Pure and Noble Heart, written by Matthew Sturges

Art by Lucca Rossi (pencils), José Marzán, Jr (inker), and Lee Loughridge (colors)

Summary: All but one of the denizens of the House are killed, murdered by a newcomer to the House. Why did he do it? What is he after?

What a weird and welcome departure from the usual meandering storyline. At first glance this looked like it might be a collection of 4-6 page stories but it isn't. It's a done-in-one that takes place entirely within the House, notwithstanding a few a brief flashback or two.

House of Mystery is published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics