Blood In The Gutters: Week’s Crime Comics – 3 Story, Shooters, The Shadow, Six Guns
This week down at your neighborhood newsstand: The secret lives of a giant man; Mercenary living; Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?; Six in the chamber.
3 Story: The Secret Story of the Giant Man–Matt Kindt is one of those very rare comics creators who can change hats without ever compromising his own personal vision. His drawing style is very indie-friendly: very soft, often black-and-white, almost cute. None of the bold Kirby crackles or aggressive McFarlane inks that put off a lot of non-comics types (or so I’ve noticed). Yet Kindt’s stories often touch on familiar subject matter to die-hards: spies, armageddon, and giant men. So it’s not even so much that he changes hats, I guess, as he manages to combine his many interests into one pleasing package after another. This book, a follow-up to 2009’s almost-the-titled 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, contains more stories, specifically concerning the overgrown fella’s spy career. Get on the Kindt train now if you ain’t already.
Shooters hardcover–Man, I really wonder when the Big 2 are gonna do away with hardcovers completely. Or at least more so. Take this book: it looks like a pretty interesting little book, about a mercenary soldier whose life goes through some higly traumatic changes. Co-writer Eric Trautmann has got some fairly high profile DC books under his belt, and his writing partner Brandon Jerwa has made a splash with the G.I. Joe books he’s written, but neither are exactly household names quite yet. Artist Steve Lieber is a bit more up there, especially after his collaborations on the Whiteout books with Greg Rucka. I might go for 15 bucks 0n a softcover edition of this book, but $23, even for a nice hardcover, is a bit much for me to risk. Still, it does look good, for what that’s worth.
The Shadow #1–If anybody knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, it’s Garth fuckin’ Ennis. He’s also far more likely to get me interested in these old-timey kinda pulp characters. For a crime-fiend, I’m not all that into the pulps, beyond their lurid covers. I’m not sure if Ennis is going to be going for a traditional pulp Shadow, or the more well-known radio version (who is a little more super-powered), and frankly, I don’t care. This sort of vigilante stuff is right in the guy’s wheelhouse, and though I doubt the book is just gonna be a rehash of his epic Punisher run, I’m sure there will be similarities. Definitely my pick of the week, regardless.
Six Guns trade paperback–All right, you trade-waiters, your wait is over. If you couldn’t be bothered to buy this little mini while in the single issues, you’ll wanna pick up this, Marvel’s answer to DC’s westerns. Marvel’s always fallen short to their competition in that genre, and while this book isn’t a traditional western by any stretch, it is a solid gesture towards bringing some relevance to their own western stable (if you’ll pardon the expression). Andy Diggle has largely made his bones over at DC, with such tremendous books as Vertigo’s Losers title from a few years back, and his sense of big action remains while never forgetting such important elements as character and dialogue. A keeper.