STAFF PICKS :: STARLIGHT #3 :: MAY 14, 2014

May 12, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: STARLIGHT #3: Starlight is yet another fine indicator of the recent resurgence of so many classic pulp elements back into comics. I will admit, though, that it took a little convincing from fellow Heroes staffers Rico and Justin for me to pick this one up. The art was a guaranteed joy from the time the book was announced. Artist Goran Parlov always produces strong and interesting work. My hesitation to pick it up was only rooted in the fact that I’ve historically found the work of writer Mark Millar to be gratuitous on many levels. He’s obviously a talented and versatile creator, I just doubted I’d have much interest in his take on the space opera.

Thankfully, I did give the book a shot, and soon realized that this is a very different kind of story for Millar. It’s full of classic pulp adventure goodness, and clearly reflects his love for the genre. Parlov is excellent as always, but I’d be remiss not to mention how impressed I’ve been with Millar’s character work here. His protagonist, the perfectly named Duke McQueen, did save the universe some four decades ago. After that heroism, he had a fairly mundane life, complete with a wife and kids. But what happens if you had your one adventure, somehow outlive your wife (and usefulness in the eyes of your kids), and in your golden years are called upon to save the universe once again? It’s an ambitious story about aging and adventuring that thus far hasn’t drifted into the excessive tendencies you might expect from Millar. If these two creators keep this up, we might just have a new classic in the making. starlight3

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STAFF PICKS :: FURY: MY WAR GONE BY #13 :: JUNE 26, 2013

June 20, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: FURY: MY WAR GONE BY #13: Top to bottom this has been my favorite Marvel book since it started coming out in 2011. Every month we were greeted by another beautiful cover by Dave Johnson, a tough-as-nails story by Garth Ennis and flawless story telling by Goran Parlov and Lee Loughridge. This issue is the series finale and I’m going to miss it!

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