Six-Gun Gorilla #6;
"I think that's an ending."
The Fox #2;
In this final issue, Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely wrap up their story, and take never-ending serial fiction to task.
When the TPB comes out, I really recommend everyone check it out. What started as a comic about a monkey with a gun, became a really thoughtful reflection on the nature of story, and those that create it.
"Hero us, courage man!"
Absolution: Happy Kitty Special;
Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid continue to flesh out this average-Joe hero, by sending him to an alien realm, teaming him up with fellow Archie hero, Bob Phantom, and confronting him several severed heads on pikes, all of which have his face. It's fun!
And in the Shield back-up, JM DeMatteis and Mike Cavallaro do a fun flashback story about the Shield's exploits in WWII. It starts as a superhero v.s. monsters story, and becomes an examination of how the different patriotic heroes of America, Germany, and Japan were just faceless stereotypes, easily pitted against one another, as their identities stripped them of their basic humanity.
I have to say, Cavallaro's art is really
great. It's a bit like Dan McDaid, by way of Chris Samnee. There's a similar exaggeration of form, but with Samnee's attention to black-spotting and line quality.
"I don't want to play anymore."
Precognitive assassin, Happy Kitty, has her origin revealed in this one-shot, by Christos Gage and Paul Duffield. Duffield's been noticeably absent from comics since completing Freakangels, with Warren Ellis, so it was nice to see him back here.
Happy Kitty's always been one of the more troubling aspects of Absolution; for a book that gleefully depicts the murder of pedophiles, rapists, etc. it's always been a little odd to have a teenage character running around in a schoolgirl outfit. But, this book does a good job of fleshing her out, and making her feel like a whole character. It's a bit cliche, following a similar route as most assassin-gone-straight movies and books, but for the space he had, I think Gage did as best as could be expected. If he'd had a whole mini-series to work with, I think he could have turned her into a much richer character.
I do think Duffield does a great job. The action scene above, particularly the way it cuts between the mob boss' words, to show Happy Kitty's pure speed and efficiency, shows that Duffield's able to execute action. He also does some really great, quiet scenes, where a lot of the emotion's expressed solely through his art.
It's a good book. Check it out.
"The dream dies."