Muriel Truax's Comic Reviews

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8.8Avg. Review Rating

Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1

Jul 28, 2021

I really enjoyed the political intrigue of this comic. The story of Joptis childhood, told in flashbacks, allows the reader to piece together the story in a non-linear fashion that builds the tension in an appealing manner. The artwork and paneling make the story easy to follow, and the aesthetic gives a loosely Medieval Middle Eastern setting to this science fiction story. Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1 is a great comic that converted me to being a Dune-appreciator.

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Inkblot #1

Sep 4, 2020

In the development of Inkblot, creators Rusty Gladd and Emma Kubert used the Marvel method, meaning that the dialogue is meant to supplement the artwork. As such, Inkblot has an especially old-fashioned feel in certain places, particularly when the Seeker monologues her way through action sequences across each panel. The fantasy setting and artwork of Inkblot have a whimsical quality that took me back to the hours I spent reading Cricket as a young child. This series is ideal for children or anyone wanting a break from extra gritty comics–not to mention, the cat is wickedly adorable.

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Joker: Killer Smile: The Smile Killer #1

Jun 24, 2020

Batman: The Smile Killeris an excellent read that is a refreshing change from the slew of purely action-based comics. It's a story that grabs the readers attention in the first issue and is perfect for both well-versed Batman fans and beginning comics readers.

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That Texas Blood #1

Jun 24, 2020

Interestingly, That Texas Blood is the result of a long-time dream for Condon and Phillips, who initially conceptualized the story for film. For both writer and artist, this issue marks the beginning of their very own comic. Despite that Condon is from coastal New Jersey and Phillips is from the UK, they took an interest in Texas as the setting of their story out of appreciation for the way the location has inspired other neo-Western crime series. The result is an excellent comic, well worth reading.

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The Boys: Dear Becky #1

Apr 3, 2020

Much of Dear Becky comes across as rather dull. Except for the occasional flashback (one that is particularly gruesome, see warning), this issue consists mainly of dialogue that sounds exactly like what it aims to be: two grown men who have given up on life critiquing the world from a small town bar. While I recognize that the author is setting the stage for events to come, the pages that fill Dear Becky are tempting to skip. It could be, however, that I am too harsh a critic. It is, after all, a first issue. Perhaps the writer is setting up the dullness and complacency of Hughies life in order to contrast it with the rude awakening of dangerous secrets brought to light.

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