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Graphic Breakdown: ‘Reborn #3’, ‘Jessica Jones #3’, ‘Moonshine #3’ & ‘Doctor Strange Omnibus’

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown!

Christmas is next week so now is the time to stack up on some comic books! Let’s get started!!!

 

Reborn #3 

Written by Mark Millar
Illustrated by Greg Capullo
Published by Image Comics

Man, Mark Millar just keeps the hits coming. This is another great book in his roster.

The book is fun, full of imagination, and unique. I can’t imagine another writer these days with the imagination he has.

Bonnie is captured by Dark Lands gangsters during her quest to find her missing husband—gangsters who will deliver her to evil General Frost and his boss, Lord Golgotha. But just as all hope seems lost, Bonnie’s warrior powers start kicking in.

Millar’s writing is spot on. Again I can’t say enough about it. And Greg Capullo is at the top of his game. He works as well with Millar as he does with Scott Snyder.

The book looks great and the art is excellent.They make it look effortless.

This is one of the best new releases of the year. Pick it up and see why. Well worth your time.

RATING: A

 

Jessica Jones #3 

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Michael Gaydos
Published by Marvel Comics

I loved this book when it was called Alias. When it got canceled I was very sad.

Luckily with the Netflix television series being a success, Marvel decided to relaunch the comic. And they were smart.

They hired the two right people for the job: The original creators, Bendis and Gaydos (and cover artist David Mack)

In this series thus far, Jessica’s life has turned into a living hell. She’s estranged from Luke Cage, she’s down on her luck, and, in this issue, she’s been kidnapped by the lame Spider-man villain the Spot.

Not easy indeed.

Yet, Bendis keeps the plots moving. He hasn’t been this good in years. This book is full of character and is exciting and funny. Gaydos is at the top of his game too on art and the two of them work in unison to make a spectacular book. I loved it.

Pick this up and the previous two issues. This is the way comic books should be done: smart, witty, and compelling.

RATING: A

 

Moonshine #3

Written by Brian Azzarello
Illustrated by Eduardo Risso
Published by Image Comics

I know everyone raved about 100 Bullets by the same creative team. And I liked it very much when it first came out. Then I had a hard time following it each month and kind of gave up. I liked both creators but it got hard.

Luckily, their new series Moonshine is fantastic and well done.

Gangster Lou Pirlo’s mission to Appalachia isn’t going as well as planned, so his NYC boss sends him some help in the form of three rival gangsters.

Meanwhile, the only “help” Lou really wants is from the mysterious, but likely deadly, Delia.

The book is well written. Nobody does dialogue like Azzarello and it’s damn good. Likewise, Russo kills it on art. KILLS it. The cover is great and the art is fluid throughout.

Pick this up. It’s a great book that deserves an audience.

RATING: A

 

The Doctor Strange Omnibus 

Written by Stan Lee
Illustrated by Steve Ditko
Published by Marvel Comics

In doing research for the play I’m writing about Steve Ditko, I had the pleasure of rereading this book. I hadn’t read this in years. It’s absolutely amazing. If you haven’t read it, stop what you’re doing right now and find a copy. You’ll thank me later.

It’s one of the best books you’ll read in your lifetime.

A vain man driven by greed and hubris, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until the night a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet to seek a cure from a legendary healer. He found not a man of medicine but the venerable Ancient One and the path to the mystic arts!

Ditko is the best Doctor Strange artist…probably because he created him. The art flows and there’s nothing quite like it.

Working with Lee, they created one of the coolest, most awesome tales of all time. Every page drips with passion. I read this 20 years ago and loved it then. It was created in the 1960s. Yet, it still holds up. And that is a testament to both the art and the writing working in tandem.

RATING: A+

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