The Anchor, Muppet Robin Hood, and this Week with BOOM!
Posted October 11, 2009on:
Here at High Five! Comics, we’re known supporters, readers, and sometime stalkers of Mark Waid and the crew at BOOM! Studios. We appreciate anyone with an “!” in their name, Waid is a great talent, and frankly, almost every title these guys are putting out right now is great.
BOOM! is debuting two new titles this week: The Anchor and Uncle Scrooge. Maggie already talked about Uncle Scrooge so I’ll simply remind you that it’s way fun and worth checking out if you have kids or if you loved Duck Tales as a kid.
I’ll be honest, I’ve been kinda excited about The Anchor since I read its preview in Irredeemable #5. To be fair I typically go out for quasi-Christian mythology based fiction so, the idea of God’s ogre sitting at the gates of hell fighting demons sounded interesting to me. The Anchor is conceptually straight forward: good monster beating the crap out of bad monsters. Phil Hester gives a few nods to an old-style comic writing in the dialogue and the narrative manages to be fun without getting too campy. Brian Churilla’s art is stylized and interesting, and it’s bloody as hell. It’s too soon to declare this a must read, but it has the potential to be a pretty rad epic with Biblical themes and monsters smashing bigger monsters.
Also out this week is the next issue of 28 Days Later which Rob has been following with consistent interest.
Last week, BOOM! gave us Irredeemable #7 which was f**king awesome and the first trade of Muppet Robin Hood was released. BOOM! is solid with its licensed material and this is no exception. I love the Muppets and Tim Beedle does a super job of taking everything that ruled about the Kermit Universe and plays it like a maestro with beautiful accompaniment by Armand Villavert Jr’s art. The best part about licensed stuff is you can totally hear the characters’ voices in your head when you read it. Oh, and it’s actually good. I was expecting a phoned in easy dollar (I’m sure Muppets sell themselves at this point) but what we see is a quality bit of work that got me wanting to bust out and rewatch my copy of “The Muppet Movie”.
All in all, we have a solid week coming up from BOOM! as they continue writing fun and interesting titles. Oh, and just for funsies, go ahead and check out the first five pages of Uncle Scrooge right here, right now!