Kit’s Comics In Review – Dias De Los Muertos and Mudman!


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DiaDayLosMuertos

Dia De Los Muertos #1 of 3
Story by: Alex Link, Christopher Long, Dirk Manning
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image
Release Date: February 6, 2013

I had the chance to read a sneak preview of Dia De Los Muertos when I reviewed Harvest #5, and I have been intrigued and excited for its release ever since. With this issue, it has three separate stories, similar to the Tales From The Crypt layout. Each story has a different writer and artist, and deals with Day of the Dead; each was well-written and did not have any strange cliff-hangers or questions behind it. I love that this comic gave me a variety; I have not seen many comics organized this way. If each issue has a handful of stories beneath the cover, I am eager to see what the next issues will bring. Dia De Los Muertos did a fantastic job of having multiple stories under one cover. I was a little worried about each story having a different artist and writer, but the artistic style was consistent through and through, and each story was strong on its own. The cover alone is a beautiful piece of art, but with each page comes the same cohesive style and idea. I enjoyed reading this issue, and I will be collecting this series, even if only for the cover art! I give Dia Des Los Muertos 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Mudman#6

Mudman #6
Writer/Artist: Paul Grist
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Publisher: Image
Release Date: February 6, 2013

Off the bat, I am very torn with this comic. I like the creativity and unique assets of Mudman, but the story was not interesting enough for me to want to continue reading. Mudman is about a teenage boy, Owen, who has mud-based super powers. In issue six, Owen is being trained by a man and is struggling to live a normal life. What super hero isn’t? I give Mudman kudos for picking such an interesting and strange super power for a teenage boy to have, but this issue fell flat. I did not like the constant switch back and forth between Owen’s school day and night life; I felt that it jumped around too much and it became distracting. As a character, Owen did not show much struggle in balancing his alter-ego and near the end of the issue just lashes out at his trainer when he wants to hang with his friend, Newt. I love the creativity behind Owen and his super life, but the story as a whole isn’t grabbing my attention. I am giving Mudman 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.


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