Here are our thoughts on some of the releases over the last few weeks that did not get full reviews.
SKIN & EARTH #1
Skin & Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where corporations rule, this adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery begins here!
Written and drawn by alt-pop phenomenon Lights, Skin & Earth features some really moving art in a minimalist style that is a stark contrast to the depressing reality of the world in which it takes place. The narrative did not grab me right out of the gates even though the character of Enaia was an engaging one, the problem was a lack of forward momentum and the complete lack of a cliffhanger to bring readers back to issue number two.
Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, and not so normal werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset. When she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? The premise for a light hearted comic is sound but beyond the cute art there was nothing about the characters or the narrative that made me want to come back to this title. If anything I felt the story was driven more by agenda than narrative.
LAZARUS X+66 #1
In the wake of “CULL” and setting the stage for “FRACTURE,” the sixth story line of the critically acclaimed LAZARUS, this series takes us into the year +66 with six separate stories. Casey Solomon has caught the eye of the Lazarus, but gaining the Family’s attention can be as much a curse as a blessing. These stories will bridge the hiatus to the next story arc of LAZARUS beginning with issue #27 and as such they provide a rare opportunity to take a closer look at some of the characters we have met along the way. The art and the writing continue to be solid and I personally love the chance to learn more about this amazing world Greg Rucka has created. If you are a fan of LAZARUS I would highly recommend these issues.
VAN HELSING VS THE WEREWOLF #1
The legendary vampire killer is on a global hunt for the Sword of Heaven, the ultimate demon-killing weapon. This new limited series features the Zenescope premiere of writer Chuck Dixon and brings our heroine into the Himalayas where an ancient creature awaits her. These Grimm Fairytale Universe books are pulp fun at their best groan inducing at their worst. VAN HELSING VS THE WEREWOLF #1 learns towards the former as it is a fun adventure romp in the style of an Indiana Jones adventure. The stiffness of motion in the art leaves a little to be desired but overall it is a solid title that should appeal to fans of the series.