There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #2 Micro-Review – A Certain Intrigue

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theres_something_wrong_with_patrick_todd_2_cover_2022_gavin_guidry_chris_ohalloranTITLE: There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #2
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Gavin Guidry, Chris O’Halloran (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Last time, I talked about how Patrick Todd was missing a good hook to draw readers into the story. This time around we still don’t have one. But a certain intrigue is beginning to emerge.

It looks like what we have here is a story about a young man with a certain “gift,” who must now look to his past and his family to understand how best to use that gift. I can get behind that. I’m still looking for that hook, but Patrick Todd gives me enough that I’m still coming back for issue #3. So there’s that.

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A Sword of Azrael #1 Micro-Review – The Relatable Monk

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Sword of Azrael 1, cover, 2022, Nikola CizmesijaTITLE: Sword of Azrael #1 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Dan Watters
ARTISTS:
Nikola Cizmesija, Marissa Louise (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Cover by Cizmesija & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’d argue Jean-Paul Valley isn’t always the easiest character to sympathize with or relate to. Case in point, when we meet him in this issue he’s living as a monk at a monastery. Not necessarily a lifestyle your average reader can connect with…

But under Dan Watters, Valley is a man trying to live with what he sees as a monster inside him, while also trying to do good in the world. At the very least, that’s admirable. And who among us hasn’t lived with a part of ourselves we don’t like?

We’re off to a good start here.

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A Poison Ivy #3 Micro-Review – Understated Sexiness

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Poison Ivy 3, cover, 2022, Jessica FongTITLE: Poison Ivy #3
AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson
ARTISTS:
Marcio Takara, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer). Cover by Jessica Fong.
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a great sensual quality to the art in Poison Ivy that’s obviously very appropriate for the character. It’s got a mostly understated sexiness to it. In this case understated is a good thing, considering how far in the other direction some artists can take a character like Ivy.

There’s a page in here where Wilson writes Ivy’s take on hope and faith that I found really interesting and insightful. Interesting topics to touch on, considering this is a story where she’s trying to kill all of humanity…

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An Above Snakes #1 Micro-Review – Rugged and Bloody Charm

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Above Snakes 1, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Above Snakes #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Sean Lewis
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I don’t normally get into westerns. For whatever reason, they’re just not my flavor of ice cream. But Above Snakes is, thus far, so simple and easy to get into that it grabbed me.

The premise is simple: A lone gunfighter seeking vengeance over the murder of his wife. The art from Hayden Sherman is suitably gritty, Sean Lewis’ writing has some charming wit to it, and we’ve got a hero who has a certain rugged and bloody charm.

Also: There’s a talking vulture. Because comics are pretty awesome sometimes.

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There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #1 Micro-Review – That Elusive FIrst Hook

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There's Something Wrong with Patrick Todd 1, cover, 2022, Gavin GuidryTITLE: There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #1
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Gavin Guidry, Chris O’Halloran (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd has potential. The art by Gavin Guidry and Chris O’Halloran is very well put together, and includes a hell of an opening splash page. However…

Patrick Todd is missing…something. I can’t tell you what exactly that is. All I know is as a result, we’re missing that strong first hook that a first issue usually needs to have. It injects the story with enough intrigue up front that makes readers want to come back next time.

Given what I see, I’m inclined to be kind to Patrick Todd, though. So I’ll stick around

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