Long-time comics reviewer and librarian Penny Kenny recently checked out Jay Piscopo's new "Commaner X All-Star Special." Here's what she has to say about this new comic book:
It was wonderful and terrible.
Wonderful because I really like how X works as a superhero type and a pulp hero type. I love his attitude, which pretty much seems to be "Yep, another crazy day in the neighborhood. Guess I'll just keep rolling with it."
The only thing that's terrible about the issue is that I want more! Now!
The set-up in each of these stories is well-done. There's enough information to get the story going and to hint at a bigger story, without bogging things down. And you still get an entire story in 9 pages or 11 or 16. Can you tell I miss the old days of comics when you could have short stories that were still stories and not preludes to events?
"Wake of the War-Beast" is probably my favorite by a hair.... Perfect. I now want to see an extended version of this as an animated film.
The art of course is great looking. The yeti is especially impressive and the full-pager of "Little X" rising from the deep to tower over the fishing boat is superb. Really looks like a movie poster. The action scenes flow well and there's a sense of weight to the characters' movements...
I really want to know how all the pieces of the different stories fit together. I want to know more about Lemuria and Atlantis and Circe and the rest of the Shiva missions and how Eli and X are connected. So many questions waiting to be answered....
“Commander X All-Star Special”
Published by Nemo Publishing
Written and illustrated by Jay Piscopo
40 pages | Full-color | $3.99
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DIAMOND CODE: AUG121224
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