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Comicscape: Masks and Mobsters/ Eternity

Feel good hits of the Summer

By Joel Rickenbach     August 01, 2012
Source: Mania.com

After last week's big  Batman article, I wanted to recommend a few books that you might have missed on the physical and digital comic racks last week. As always- If you pick up these books I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 
 
Masks and Mobsters #1,by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson. Published by Monkeybrain comics:
 
I don't think I will ever truly tire of Golden Age superhero stories. Don't get me wrong- they've been done to death, but they still reel me in hook, line and sinker. Imagine my delight when I found out Masks and Mobsters is not only a Golden Age tale, but one with a fresh perspective. We're usually saddled with a hero struggling with a secret identity, or trying to be accepted by the world at large. Masks and Mobsters, however, changes the perspective to that of the wiseguys. What kinds of problems do mask wearing heroes (or Domino Masks as they are called in the book) present for the mob? And how do made men deal with these costumed folks who think they're similarly above the law, albeit in a whole different way? This book answers those questions, and said answers are usually pretty violent. It's like Ed Brubaker taking on Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier.
 
Writer Joshua Williamson crafts a sharp story that will have its hooks in you in a breezy 18 pages. Mike Henderson's art is nothing short of gorgeous; the black and white renderings with fantastic ink washes set the mood. The highest compliment I can pay the visuals is they evoke the best of Tim Sale, but are a style all their own. For anyone who has yet to take the digital plunge- this may be the opportunity you've been waiting for. Monkeybrain Comics is only offering Masks and Mobsters digitally for now, and it's a steal at .99 cents. Fire up Comixology and part with a buck, you'll be glad you did.
 
 
National Comics: Eternity #1, by Jeff Lemire, Cully Hamner and Derec Donovan. Published by DC Comics
 
Poor Kid Eternity. He’s been bought, sold, killed and retconned ad nauseum since 1956. Once a cornerstone of the National Comics label, he and the rest of the National line were sold to DC in ’56. Ever since he’s struggled to find his place amongst the DC stable of heroes, usually getting cast off to side universes such as Earth-X or Earth-S. More often than not he was killed off only to be resurrected in a different decade with a tweaked origin. He was part of the Captain Marvel /Shazam! Books in the 70’s, had the pleasure of being written by Grant Morrison in the 90’s, and even was a Vertigo character for 16 issues. Most recently he was killed in the first few pages of JSA #1 (1999), and somehow found his way back into the DCU during the run of 52. Not exactly a sparkling track record for a comic character, but much like the dead souls he brings back to life, Kid Eternity is getting a second (third, fourth, fifth, sixth…) chance.

DC’s New 52 is bringing some of the National Comics characters back into play on a trial basis. Kid Eternity, Rose and Thorn, Madame X, and Looker will all get a one-shot to reintroduce them to the comic audience, and see if there’s enough demand for further stories. From that perspective, Kid Eternity is sittin’ pretty- He gets quite possibly the hottest writer in comics to justify his existence- Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Essex County). This new take on Kid Eternity is a guy named Christopher Freeman, who works as a police coroner with a bit of an edge- Ever since he died, and subsequently came back to life, Christopher gained the ability to bring the recently dead back to life, but only for 24 hours. The dead can’t remember the last day of their life, but Christopher uses everything they know leading up to their death to solve the mystery of how they died. There’s a lot of similarities to Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies TV series from a few years back, particularly in the twist at the end of the book, but the same could be said in reverse, so it’s all good by me. The mystery presented in this one-shot centers around a dead antique store owner who finds himself on Christopher’s slab. Once Chris dives down into the in-between and recovers the antique dealer’s soul, a quest involving a missing World War II pistol, and the killer’s identity ensues. The events don’t play out as cut and dried as you may think, and that’s definitely a good thing. Lemire really knows how to give his characters a voice. Christopher’s inner monologue is very refreshing and honest- something we don’t get enough of these days. Lemire also inhabits the mind of a fifty something New York antique dealer quite well. He comes off as real as opposed to the endless clichés we tend to get in supporting roles. Both Hamner and Donovan deliver strong art that fits well together considering the drawing duties are switched two thirds of the way through. Kudos to everyone involved for taking a character that had been used as fodder for decades, and made him relevant and interesting. I enjoyed this issue quite a lot, and hope interest is strong enough for DC to consider making this book a monthly, particularly with this creative team.

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jedibanner 8/1/2012 8:26:15 AM

Unfortunatly I have not read these books, never heard of them before.

It's weird...this week I'm moving in my new home and as I had to pack the tons and tons of comics I have....I realize I may have to quit many comics because I just don't have the space anymore...trades will come in more and more now but single comics...I will have to be way more picky.

joelr 8/1/2012 8:37:36 AM

@jedibanner Conrats on moving into a new place!

There's nothing wrong with picking up trades, they read better anyway. Masks & Mobsters is only .99 cents, and it's digital, so it takes up no space! ;)

jedibanner 8/1/2012 10:35:06 AM

Hey Joel,

thanks for the support, leaving Mrs. Jedibanner has had it's effect because now I've read more comics and books then I haven't in a while.

As for the trades...sometimes I guess it's not the same as real comics (yes, digitial is NOT a comic).

I will never go digital, for that is the death of comic and I sure don't want to encourage it.

This is a whole debate which I know some feel differently but for me, I stand by my ground.

shac2846 8/1/2012 10:54:49 AM

 I have heard of this comic. It sounds great but I'm a trade guy. Going to have to wait. Kid Eternity also sounds good. I think I have just about all of Jeff Lemire's stuff in trade now. Going to have to wait for it too but nice to know it starts out good.

dalgoda 8/1/2012 11:25:28 AM

Has anybody read Underwater Welder by Lemire?  I've heard a lot about it and wanted to get a little more feedback on it.

joelr 8/1/2012 11:55:23 AM

@dalgoda Yes, Underwater Welder is pretty great. This was originally an all Jeff Lemire column, but I decided to push it back for when Sweet tooth ends. Check out his Essex County trilogy too if you haven't.

shac2846 8/1/2012 12:06:27 PM

  I didn't realize underwater welder was out yet.

Jedibanner, dude they just announced today that Mark Waid is taking over the hulk in Nov. The green hulk and he said he's bringing it back to more superheroics. Maybe that will brighten up the day a little bit.

jedibanner 8/1/2012 2:59:33 PM

Damm, my post didn't get saved AGAIN!!!

What I said was Shac, you just made my day.

I hate what is happening with the Hulk right now and after 20 years IN.A.ROW, I've stuck with the big guy but now, 2 months ago...I stopped collecting the Hulk.

THAT is a huge thing on it's own because for a writer to really create a story that makes no sense and plain insults me with such blatent disregard to the real heroe, Bruce Banner (Bruce Banner as a  maniacal crazy scientist??? really???), it's just really, really bad.

So, thank you thank you shac because this is great news.

dalgoda 8/1/2012 4:42:35 PM

Thanks Joel.  I just got Underwater Welder and will check out some of Lemire's other stuff as well.  The Kid Eternity stuff sounds interesting.

Roqueja 8/1/2012 7:52:32 PM

Jedi.....I would love to have a beer and yap Hulk witcha someday.  I feel EXACTLY the way you do about the current storyline in Hulk.

Thanks to Shaq for some uplifting news from me as well.

On the other Hulk front, the other Hulk title will be changing to Red She-Hulk.  I shit you not.  They had actually started to GET writing Thaddeus Ross as an interesting super-powered character.  No, no really, they did.  They did at the same time write Rick Jones as annoying background noise mind you.  Aaron Stack/X51/Machine Man made for a surprizingly great cast member.  He really fit well with Ross and his proclivity towards relating to a robot better than actual flesh and blood people.

I hope that Thunderbolts/Dark Avengers doesn't fold because of the big relaunch that Marvel is doing with so many titles.

Lastly, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe has a pretty good story to it, with the usual Deadpool schtick to it.  (He has his regenerative powers fully in it by the way.)  Quite nihilistic, not for kids.  It even says so on the cover.

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