Humble has about a week left on a bundle of comics by Jeff Lemire. I bought it primarily to check out Gideon Falls which I had heard about, and I’m not very familiar with the other offerings but the descriptions of some of them seem promising.
If you aren’t familiar with Humble Bundle; it promotes itself as sort of a charity site that sells digital content and you pay what you want for what they are offering. If you want to get all of the comics you will need to pay at least $15.
Tier 1: $.99
Sherlock Frankenstein Vol. 1
Gideon Falls #1: Director’s Cut
Gideon Falls #7
Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars
Royal City Vol. 1: Next Of Kin
A.D.: After Death Book 1
Tier 2: $8.00
Gideon Falls #8
Gideon Falls #9
Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon
Descender Vol. 3: Singularities
Royal City Vol. 2: Sonic Youth
A.D.: After Death Book 2
Bloodshot Reborn Vol. 1
Tier 3: $15
The Valiant Deluxe Edition
Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins
A.D.: After Death Book 3
Royal City Vol. 3: We All Float On
Descender Vol. 4: Orbital Mechanics
Descender Vol. 5 Rise Of The Robots
Descender Vol. 6: The Machine War
Gideon Falls Vol. 1: The Black Barn
Gideon Falls #10
Gideon Falls #11
Green Arrow, Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finally! Finally a good story. The first three volumes were pretty god awful, but they finally seem to be turning it around on the Green Arrow title. Personally, my opinion is that you could just do yourself a favor and skip right to this volume if you were looking for a jumping on place.
This collects issues of Green Arrow #17-24 and Count Vertigo #23.1; so this is a bit longer than the previous volumes. I rated this 4 stars by splitting the difference on 5 stars for the story and 3 stars for the art.
This storyline brings back the feeling of grimmer street level crime more reminiscent of early 1980’s Green Arrow and mixes it with mysticism. We are finally beginning to see a personality emerging for the new 52’s Ollie and it’s a lot easier to care what happens to the guy now. A LOT of characters are brought into this storyline Shado, Richard Dragon, and Count Vertigo are just a few.
The art is kind of an acquired taste. It’s very stylized and a lot of it is colored in very limited pallets. This often gives it a very dreary feeling altogether, but I wouldn’t say it’s unsuitable for the story being told. When it works, it really works, and I thought some of the layouts when he fights Count Vertigo were really cool.
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