Thursday, February 11, 2010

Best Shots Reviews Angelus #2 and Tracker #3

This week, Best Shots reviews Angelus #2 and Tracker #3, both out in stores now!

Angelus #2 (Published by Top Cow; Review by Lan Pitts): Little can be said that hasn't already been said on the what Ron Marz has been doing over at Top Cow, especially with characters like the ones in Angelus. Dani Baptiste is still learning the ropes of being an embodiment of light, and handling it quite well all things considering. She manages to get a history lesson on her purpose and more Divine situations, and still save her quasi-girlfriend from muggers. God bless her. Marz continues to weave an impressive story, and the conclusion of the issue just opens up a new can of worms, or maybe something more Satanic. Stjepan Sejic's art is pretty good, but not as sharp as it has been in earlier works. Still, I love the imagination he has and how can you say "no" to a demon train? choo choo.

Tracker #3 (Published by Top Cow Productions; Review by George Marston: It took me a few pages to get into Tracker, but it hooked me by the end of the issue. The plot is interesting; an FBI profiler and his partner seek a mysterious killer, only to become embroiled in a mystery of supernatural proportions. While the supernatural elements seemed at first like an afterthought, as the issue went on, they became more of a focus and much more interesting. In this issue, several important secrets are revealed about the serial killer known as Herod, and Alex O'Roark begins to come to grips with the horrific affliction he now faces. The police procedural bits tend to drag, and Jonathan Lincoln's dialogue isn't exactly gripping, but it serves the story, things move along quickly enough not to be bogged down too much. The art stands out, though it is a bit one-note in its "acting;" many characters wear the same expressions regardless of the scene or context. However, the watercolor finishes are nice, and there are certainly bits where Francis Tsai certainly shines. It is clear that he puts a lot of effort into using interesting angles and compositions to keep long scenes of conversation interesting, though occasionally this distorts his proportions more than necessary. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Tracker #3, and look forward to more.

Source: Newsarama's Best Shots

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