Last Weeks Comics Reviewed: Doctor Who, Haunt, Hoax Hunters….

….Jennifer Blood: First Blood, The Manhattan Projects, Scam, Sonic The Hedgehog & The Maniacal Smile!

I’m a bit late, so please forgive me! Here are last weeks comics reviewed!

In The Maniacal Smile #1 from Fierce comics I expected something more off the wall – what I got was an enjoyable, level headed comics which is well written and some good art.
Don’t get me wrong – there is some crazy stuff going on here, and some really funny bits, but they don’t detract of distract you from the whole story.
There is still a lot we have to learn in this story – but it’s an issue #1 and doesn’t want to give it all away!

With the new series of Doctor Who on TV, this is a perfect time to release this 2012 special.
What we get a four excellent short stories which can act as an introduction to Who fans that haven’t read a DW comic. There is a look at some of the alien races and some of the ‘darker’ traits we’ve seen from The Doctor in the recent TV series. The art is wacky and fun and well done, with different artists per story!

Haunt #26 from Image Comics continues on a dark route, with some sibling arguments that would make your head spin. There are a few story threads here, but they are woven very well and you don’t seem like you are going to lose them. Some of them are starting to show a move towards getting tied to others – but not yet. Along with the nice gruesome cover (above) there is some excellent art inside and it conveys the horror and the haunting very well.

This arc in #3 of Hoax Hunters comes to a close here, but still leaves us with some interesting plot points that look to be revisited in the future.
Hoax Hunters is a fun title and I worry that it won’t last – I enjoy the premise and the characters and I think the art is good an it’s well written. It just seems a little slow to kick off the mark in this fickle comics market. Hopefully I am wrong and it will continue!

Although I have never read any of the main series Jennifer Blood: First Blood #1 ensures that you don’t need to. This is a well written #1 origin story showing the first adventures of the title protagonist.
The story is well paced with some nice sideways and back flashes in the story. It actually feels like a longer story than it is – and that is to credit of the writer. The art is fast paced and full of action when called for, but also show the suburban scenes well.

The Manhattan Projects #6 is one I was looking forward to, and this doesn’t disappoint.
We’ve had the Americans, but what of the Russians? There are some crazy ideas in this title, but they all keep coming together. The plan of the short stories coming together in the whole is excellent. We know something is coming, but we don’t know what! The art continues on in its mad place, and there needs to be special mention to the colouring, without which, you wouldn’t get the feel you do!

The Scam #1 is not only a nice new series, but also a ‘digital delux’ version – meaning you get a lot of sketches, references and ideas to look at too!
In all this is a a fully packed #1 – which has a lot going on and a lot that has happened.
What started out as a “Oceans 11 with powers” looks to be a whole lot more and there is a nice mix of violence and characters in this which make it a good read!

Sonic the Hedgehog #176 works well, because although it’s part of a bigger story – and it leads into more – it also fits in nicely to a new or casual reader who wants a start and finish.




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