Pick of the Brown Bag
September 26, 2012
"The Game is Afoot"
In this issue, writer Tom Hutchison and artist Fico Ossio at least focus on Critter's want to be an actual hero out to save the day and rescue the innocent. Critter's roommate Gina also creates a new costume for her that's millions of lumens more brilliant than the nightmare she wore while enduring Purrfection.
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti employ the bindings for dramatic intent, but I'd be shocked if they weren't aware of the headlights meet rope history of the Phantom Lady.
Naturally, Phantom Lady doesn't so much as suffer a bean to the head. Cyrus likes to play with his food, and his friend Warlock thinks he's nuts. Warlock actually respects the Phantom Lady more when he refers to her as a cobra. She's not to be trifled with.
That sounded like a good plan, but in Doctor Who the plan that seems the most rational is flawed. You don't attack Sontarans with bullets. Even-though the potato-heads can be shot, they developed a contingency for defeating ordinary ammunition. You can't let the Cybermen and the Borg fight because in the end, it's not an even match.
Illustrators Joe Bennett, Art Thibert and Guy Major should justifiably feel proud. The art's so good that it would almost vindicate an oversize, hardback reprinting of the zero issue. Almost. Because Poulton and Liefield should be hanging their heads in shame.
Rocafort's style looks like it came from Europe via science fiction great Vincent DiFate. The artist's unique design scheme echoes to the pulps yet still possesses the illustrative acumen of modern art. Drink in the attractive group of antagonists. Their appearance reflects their advancement. These aren't mere thugs. This cadre is a group of sophisticated scientifically knowledgable terrorists with a rationale. They worship entropy. They turn a scientific fact into faith, and that's why they're so dangerous.
Everything goes swimmingly until Calvin feels regret over the Talon that he murders in the Owls' maze beneath the streets of Gotham City. Haunted by the Talon's face, he continues working for the Owls but in a mostly non-lethal capacity.
So ends another issue of the POBB. Hope you've enjoyed the perusal. Until next week.