Vs Predator: Xenogenesis
"All-New Series" shouts its cover blurb. Yeah, sure.
How do you milk an alien? Publish an all-new comic book series on the
popular creature-feature, Alien, for the umpteenth time.
Yeah, but they threw in Predator, that other popular monster From that
popular creature-feature, Predator! Again.
Throw it out. At least that would seem to be a reasonable attitude. But, occasionally, one must reason anew.
Aliens Vs Predator: Xenogenesis, although completely predictable, is also
Well. Not completely. Here is the well-worn premise for these crossover
mini-series: humans gather for a purpose that leads them unexpectedly into a
fracas with an Alien and Predator who are also in a fracas.
Here's the plot to this mini-series: this female convict is sprung by her
boyfriend who has just received an assignment to team with several other
white-collar criminals to pull of an undisclosed heist. When they enter a huge
building to do so, they run into Will and Grace.
Nah. Da aliens.
It's a shame this title is so well written. It's so tempting to criticize
what doesn't deserve criticism.
Wouldn't you know that the art steals your chance at trashing this new
title as well? It is very stylized, an easy visual read, blends perfectly with
its colors, and does a good job in making each character visually distinctive.
Dad gummit. It's enough to make you want to go out and buy the silly
And then there's the announcement in the back of the book that a new
Alien, Predator, Terminator title is on its way to a comic book shop close to
Holy Hannah, bat-reader! It will probably be good, too!!
In a nutshell, Dark Horse Comics has done a better job at pulling another
quart out of a movie-based series than any publisher in comics history. Again.
Review by Michael Vance
Aliens Vs Predator: Xenogenesis #1 of 4 is 21 pages and priced at $2.95
from Dark Horse. The writer is Andi Watson, The Penciller is Mel Rubi.
the Menace: His First 40 Years
"SOLD!, shouts tile auctioneer, "to the man holding his hand
over his little boy's mouth!"
Yep, it's him again in Dennis The Menace: His First 40 Years
[Abbeville Press, 220 pgs.].
Hank Ketcham's forever-five year old has brought a chuckle or a tear to
millions of readers world-wide since 1951.
It's no surprise that this delightful collection
represents comic strips at their best.
Nor is their much surprise in why Dennis the Menace is so incredibly
popular, outside of the fact that Ketcham is one of the greatest cartoonists in
Dennis is Everyboy, full of cockiness born of ignorance and inexperience,
of endless curiosity and energy.
This essential "boyness" is so well understood that readers
easily fill in the unwritten and undrawn situations preceding a punch line.
A room full of adults hide their laughter behind a hand, or turn away
from the embarrassed faces of mom and pop. Hands firmly on hips, Dennis
exclaims, "If what I said wasn't funny, why is everybody why is everybody
tryin not to laugh?"
Dennis the magician holds out a fan of playing cards as his pop begins to
pick one. "Take a card!" Dennis prompts. "Any card!
"NOT THAT ONE!"
As pop shows a new wrist watch to mom, Dennis observes, "It don't
look unbreakable to ME!"
This is the stuff of real life seen through the eyes of a man who loves
life and people, the stuff that makes gritty, violent superheroes seem silly.
And this treasure was discovered in the remainders bin of a major, chain
book store for $2.99, about the price of many comic books! It was probably
originally priced at $15 to $20.
at just about any price.
X #3 (of 7)
Published by Dark Horse comics.
Intriguing power struggles in a future Amsterdam. Quirky, exceptional
art, barebones dialog, brief graphic sex and violence. Recommended for readers
who don't find that objectionable.
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