Posts Tagged Clarence Pruitt
The Experts #2
Is it insulting to call this smarter than it probably should be?Â Yes, that is almost certainly insulting.Â I only mean that if you’re one of those people who judge a book by its cover (and quit it if you do), you might not have high expectations for “Mad Motorcycle Mayhem!”Â Well, you’re only hurting yourself.Â I missed the first issue so I’m largely making this up, but this appears to be about the adventures of a team called The Experts (duh), and this issue focuses on a few of them specifically.Â There sure seems to be plenty more of this team, at least judging from the inside cover and next issue blurb, but this issue only deals with Ninja Witch, Frost Queen, and that woman driving the motorcycle on the cover.Â I don’t know if they ever mentioned her superhero name, but it’s a minor point.Â Things start off with Frost Queen telling the other two heroes all about the Silver Muse, a telepath who they’re going to have to stop.Â Her powers are strongest against men, which is probably why none of the men appear in this issue.Â The merchandising rights of their toy line is also mentioned, and the strong impression that their impending saving of the town is more about selling action figures than anything else.Â Anyway, the Silver Muse robs an art show (apparently she likes really stupid rock sculptures) by taking the men under her control and making the women sick.Â Ninja Witch resists, she grabs up her partner whats-her-name, and a merry chase ensues.Â I didn’t like this one as much as the other Minter/Pruiit book (It Sure Is A Super World!), but it’s hard to talk too much trash about a book that looks this good and manages to have at least one genuinely funny line per page.Â There are also two other short pieces in here, one was included in that other book I mentioned (“Z-Squad”) and the other appears to be a new shortie about their Thing substitute bemoaning the fact that nobody ever asked his opinion in the new tell-all books from his old team.Â I’d say start with the book I reviewed before if you’re interested, the maybe get the first issue of this series so you’re not trying to catch up like me.Â I’d say these two are people to watch, assuming they keep at it… $3
It Sure Is A Super World!
I wonder if anybody has ever written a long article detailing all the different divisions in small press comics fans.Â Maybe The Comics Journal got around to it at some point, but I mostly couldn’t stand that magazine even before they priced themselves out of my range anyway.Â I’m asking the question because it’s obvious from that cover that this is a superhero parody (and a good one) and was curious if such a thing turns off a segment of the small press comic reading public before they even crack open the book.Â The main story deals with Incredolad, whose “secret identity” has long since been figured out by everybody in his town, and he is completely oblivious to this fact.Â While hanging out with friends in his secret identity a girl starts drowning, so naturally everybody is telling him to save her, to get his stupid costume on and fix it, but he spends to much time trying to convince them that he isn’t Incredolad that the girl ends up drowning.Â This does not go over well with his friends or her parents, and he makes matters worse by underestimating his own strength in trying to deal with her father.Â Hilarity ensues, if you think angry mobs are hilarious.Â Other stories include a piece on a group of teen heroes who turn much of the populace into vampires (featuring the worst “street” accent I may have ever seen in comics, and with all these pasty white artists and writers (and reviewers), that’s saying something), the story of the Love Lantern (who carries around the heart of Aphrodite in a jar to help her fight crime and meet men), and a story about a Superman and Batman stand-in going to see their psychiatrist (dealing with “Superman’s” being able to hear every cry for help from around the world and “Batman’s” inability to have a mature relationship).Â It was a funny collection of stories, unless you’re one of those people I may have just made up who hate everything remotely related to superheroes.Â $3.49