I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got four new comics plus a magazine:

  • The Waking Dead – 102
  • Revival – 3
  • Dark Horse Presents – 16
  • Godzilla: The Half-Century War – 2
  • Back Issue – 59 (Space Ghost)
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    ”War of the Kings” by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), and Paul Pelletier

    I don’t often write negative reviews in this space because I don’t like to. I review things for fun and I don’t find writing about bad comics very much fun. I don’t have much to say about bad comics and don’t want to bother trying to come up with things to say about them. After I read a bad comic I forget about it. I’d rather think about good comics. That being said “War of the Kings” isn’t really a bad comic I just don’t have much to say about it. It’s an okay comic. Sometimes those can be hard to write about too.

    Abnett and Lanning have been working together as writers for what must be around twenty years now and though they have never been writers who’s work I’ve followed whenever I’ve run across something of theirs it’s usually pretty good. And the writing is solid here to. “War of the Kings” is the story of the Inhumans leaving the Earth, taking over the space-faring Kree Empire, and going to war with the space-faring Shi-ar Empire. It’s full of battles between spaceships and fights between super-powered beings. There are some shenanigans, strategies, and plot twists going on but they didn’t hold my attention as much as they should have.

    Paul Pelletier drew one of my all-time favorite series, “The Negation”, years ago from Crossgen Comics. He’s only improved since then and can draw super-heroes well and tell a story. He must be underrated because I hardly ever here him mentioned or referred to in any conversation I’ve had or article I’ve read about comics. His name doesn’t seem to get much buzz but his work is good. He does his usual nice job here.

    So why do I have so little to say about “War of the Kings”? I’m not sure. Maybe because it never engaged me on an emotional or intellectual level. All these super-powered royal families bashing each other around while thousands of people on planets and spaceships died fighting what seemed like pointless battles left me cold. It was more distancing than it was epic. Oh well. Like I said this book was solidly written and well drawn but it still didn’t grab me. Maybe you’ll like it better.