Legend of The Shadow Clan #1- Amazingly, one of the smaller comics company, Aspen Comics, has reached its 10th year anniversary. As a promotion, they intend to come out with ten new miniseries over next ten months. An ambitious undertaking and first up is “Legend of The Shadow Clan”, a story about the Himura family, a normal American-Japanese family who discovered that their ancestors were mystic ninjas and that they had inherited some of their ancestors’ abilities. I admit I only pick this up because of the $1 price tag but don’t let the price fool you; this is a good promising series. As expected from
the art was good. Cory Smith did an excellent job with both the action
sequences and the quiet, subtle family scenes. What is more surprising however
was the story from writer David Wohl. Despite how little screen-time the Himura
family has, Wohl’s script give you a good sense on their personalities and
their relationship with each other. Good story, good art; there’s nothing wrong
with this issue. Hopefully, the rest of the mini-series is just as good. If
they are, then Aspen
has a surprise sleeper hit on their hands.
I, Vampire #16- For a guy whose own book has been cancelled, John Constantine is one busy man. Not only is he in JL Dark, he show up here as well. Now if I could only understand why? Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov turned in another solid script that was dark, intense and humorous, all at the same time. So I can’t understand why he then had
Constantine showed up and spoilt it all.
Frankly, the cast of “I, Vampire” is strong enough to carry on without him and
(I know its blasphemy) I think the story works better without him overshadowing
everyone. The biggest problem with this issue however is not Constantine, but
the various artists working the issue. I know Andrea Sorrentino has moved on to
Green Arrow and this series is ending, but that still does not excuse the terrible
mess. I can understand if DC got 1-2 replacements for this issue but 4? Worse is that each of them is doing an alternate page! Which editor at DC
thought this was going to work? Even if the artists are good (and to be fair
some of them are), it’s just not going to work when the art style changes page
to page. That’s too bad because the writing from Fialkov remind top notch.
Hopefully, the last few issues of this great series will have a regular artist
working on them. The series, and Fialkov, deserve it.