15 February 2006

Supermarket #1 (of 4)

Premise: No money, mo' problems...

There's a lot to love about Supermarket. First off, the setting is completely original: a nightmarish near-future where consumerism runs rampant. The artist known only as Kristian manages to make the brightly-lit suburbs seem melancholy and alien.
Next, the protagonist: Pella, an affluent teenage girl who's life changes forever by the end of this issue. Writer Brian Wood has created a fully-realized character that could have easily become a caricature (she is part "trust-fund commie", part spoiled brat, but never veers too far in either direction to become unsympathetic).
Finally, the twist. I don't want to talk too much about it (and there are a few interviews where it has been spoiled; Google those if you want), but at the end of the first issue, I could not wait to find out how the hell Pella is going to get out of this situation.

Click the cover to read the first five pages online:

Recommended For: fans of Blade Runner, American Beauty, and/or Heathers; Socialists; people who know all the words to Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone".
Not Recommended For: economics majors; the well-to-do.

12 February 2006

Fallen Angel

Premise: A mysterious woman protects innocents from being preyed on by the dark forces that inhabit a shadowy city.

Acclaimed writer Peter David blends elements of film noir, southern gothic, spaghetti westerns, Voodoo, and Kabbalah and ties them together in one of the most unique and atmospheric comics on the sheves. He paints a vivid picture of life in the city of Bete Noire, a city that seemingly becomes Hell when the sun goes down. He also creates an enduriong heroine in the form of Lee, a literal "fallen angel" who can be as cruel as the monsters she fights at times.

This series was cancelled by DC a while ago, but has recently been restarted by IDW publishing (as of this writing, two issues have been published).

Recommended for: fans of Raymond Chandler, Anne Rice, the Angel televison series, or Supergirl comics.
Not recommended for: people who prefer more clear-cut divisions between hero and villain