Mister X: Eviction #1: Underneath the psychetecturally sound cover–a strong contender for Cover of the Year, mind you–rests a wildly inventive clinic in story building from the impressively meticulous Dean Motter, the ultimate civil engineer of this kinetecture, for whom every traffic-stopping page is a playground. The lead story sets the tone–through the cheeky dialogue and the shades of blue and purple–and a snappy pace for this retro sci-fi noir; and the tidy tale that follows is directed with such stunning efficiency it is evident that both Cadwalader Shrodinger and Dean Motter are “doing the job[s] [they were] born for.” Book of the Week (5/1)
Green Arrow #20: Jeff Lemire’s way off target with this amalgam of cheap cliches, including but not limited to (gasp!) a damsel in distress and (double gasp!) a last-second bomb defusing–and (that’s right, folks: triple gasp!) not a single one offered up with satiric intent! The dialogue–a deadly extension of the aforementioned poisoned plot points–makes me want to stab myself with an arrow in both eyes. I will agree with Ollie on one thing, however, especially as it relates to my interest in this incarnation of the Jade Archer: “It’s over.” Indeed.