Sirk TV Comic Review: IDW Small/Limited Issues #1 [IDW]

Lessons of choice and morality usually paint a picture within comics although with certain one like “From Hell”, it is about the lack thereof. The collection of comics below shows the division of story structure in the approach of different franchises. The Marvel elements tend to bathe more in textures of large spectacles where it is the smaller moments that are plyed best if allowed to breathe. Star Wars works in the reverse allow the small moments to bring more impact to the larger battles being played.

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 5 The essence of small stories is to give perspective in an otherwise large structure mileau. The first essence in this collection comes down to C3PO who mentioned Captain Antilles once in “A New Hope” thereby opening the door to the Antilles story. Why he ended up working with him is not quite explained but it shows how 3PO learned to deal with Han Solo. One of the more interesting little stories in the volume involves Anakin and Padme going off world to see an opera singer who happens to have a hidden agenda for the separatists and a hate for Padme. There is a little too much similarity at times to the plot within “The Fifth Element” in reverse. Other stories reflected include one with Max Rebo from Jabba’s Band and his thieving brother and Mace Windu saving a lost girl on a planet because she is meant for bigger things. The one aspect of these small Star Wars stories is that they always speak of hope.

Star Wars Adventures #19 Again with this treme set against the Clone Wars, Obi Wan Kenobi comes to the help of Rex, the clone trooper who sets him aside in his actions. A Separatist droid has a malfunction or perhaps simply finally understands the light of the Republic per se. It creates an interesting dynamic and sets up the play for a larger story which is not yet explored. The 2nd story in the issue tells a paradoxical story against that as one of the lessons told to Emil within the context of “Tales Of Wild Space”. In this tome, a Separatist droid (which is not malfunctioning) is lost from his unit and survives numerous pratfalls on a wayward planet before he is picked up again without anyone really caring he is gone. Again this story offers life lessons presented through a prism.

Marvel Action: Avengers #3 Like sometimes with the Transformers comics, Avengers tries to have too much going on with too many people at once but it fares better since it stays with the textures most of the time of the mythic mixed with a bit of humor. In this story, AIM, which seems to be a sentient artificial life form, apparently takes over Tony Stark and his suit for his own agenda. Black Widow, as always, despite really not having superpowers per se, saves the day always seemingly having to work twice as hard. Captain Marvel is there but her influence is non-impactful as is Thor who only seems to want people to call him a God (of course in sarcasm). What is interesting is that despite most of the characters having their own visual style, Stark is the only one that really looks like Downey Jr’s portrayal. The interplay is fun but ultimately doesn’t define or separate the story from any others.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #2 Taking a key from the Spiderverse incarnation with the multiple web slingers, this story continues the pursuit of Miles to find out that he is not alone. The same thing applies to Peter Parker but his progression to enlightenment has more to do with confidence. Again the aspect of evolution is key, especially when a third webslinger comes into play. This construct has of course opened up the ideal for different permutations of motivation. Though the aspect of the multiverse however seems to be established as a given which might be of confusion to first time readers.

From Hell: Master Edition #3 The angle of this world is one that is always somewhere between the macabre and the generally weird. Despite the ideal of John Merrick (i.e. The Elephant Man being benevolent), these tales take it in a slightly different different mostly in the gauge of Jack The Ripper and also the psychotropic tendencies of the ritualistic elements that are portrayed within. The essence of language and action as diametric parallels seem to give a good sense of imbalance which propels the story. This aspect of perception is made even more defined when some of the original script is included as a reflection of the comic book process. In it the eventual discovery of the multilateral body in question told from a distance is particular telling in terms of story structure.

By Tim Wassberg

Posted on April 4, 2019, in Other Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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