Saturday, May 29, 2010

the Spirit #2 - DC

This is an ok series. I have to admit that I do like it better than the last incarnation. Mark Shultz seems to have a pretty good handle on the character, without making him seem all goofy and stupid. I mean, I know he's not the sharpest crayon in the box, but . . he does seem to have something going for him. But unlike Batman, his detective skills aren't all that honed. He seems to be more lead around by that clues, or information rather than using deductive reasoning to try to figure out what's going on, by thinking 2 0r 3 steps ahead. With him it's more like he stumbles into situations, and then tries to work his way out of them. Sometimes he's lucky . . sometimes he's not. In this issue Denny finds out that the Octopus has hired some European contractor to take him out. He goes by the name of Angel Smerti. He's looking into this when Dolan calls him into his office. There's a woman there, Yvette Plaisir, a Madame actually, that's looking for the Spirit's help. Anyways, long story short . . it's all a set-up. Yvette is actually Angel, making the contractor . . a woman. An idea that would've never crossed Denny's mind. Which is why he got caught with his pants down. Sorry . . not literally. Angel gives Denny a pretty good beating, but he does manage to get away. He ends up beaten and battered at Ellen's house. But unfortunately, that leads Angel right to them. The issue ends with Angel crashing through Ellen's front window. I'm also enjoying Moritat's art. It's not overly polished, and has a raw kind of gritty feel to it. It's actually perfect for this series. And it's got just the right amount of sex-appeal also. For the Black & White back-up story, we get a little tale by Harlan Ellison and Kyle Baker. It was an ok story, but I gotta say, Kyle did a terrific job with the art for this one. Not at all what I expected when I saw his name on the cover. Overall I thought it was an enjoyable book. Not overly exciting, but . . still entertaining. But it's only on issue #2, so . . the jury's still out.

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