Writer: Paul Allor
Artist: Nelson Daniel
Release Date: March 3, 2018
Review by: Peter McNeely
Clue the board game has been transformed into a comic book!
Yes, the board game you know and love is now available in a trade paperback containing all six issue of the series, along with the three alternate endings to issue #1. The familiar characters are back, along with some others, and are invited over to the mansion by Mr. Boddy. Dinner is just finishing up as the mystery begins.
I decided to read Clue simply based on nostalgia. As a kid I loved the game and read the children’s books (both Clue and Clue Jr.). So it is only fitting that I read the comic books as well. The story is written by Paul Allor with art by Nelson Daniel. The letters are done by Neil Uyetake and Gilberto Lazcano. The series is edited by Carlos Guzman.
Clue is a fun book to read. It comes off light-hearted with both its story and cartoonish art style. It is exactly what I expected from picking this title. The story is a straightforward Clue murder mystery. Slowly as things progress more guests begin to die and the list of suspects become narrowed. The characters are very simple with very little detail or background story to them. In most books this is not the best idea to have but it works well with the story. The characters are as follows:
Mr. Boddy: Host of the dinner and the man who is murdered in nearly every edition of clue.
Upton: The butler and narrator to the story.
Mrs. Scarlett: An Aussie Rapper who is at the dinner to perform a private gig.
Mr. Green: Hedge Fund manager turned pharmaceutical bro. Total asshat.
Dr. Orchid: Toxicologist.
Det. Ochre: Grew a cop stache out of peer pressure. Called in to investigate the murder of Mr. Boddy.
Proff. Plum: Polymath, and orphan.
Det. Amarillo: Partner of Det. Ochre.
Colonel Mustard: War hero and buddhist.
Mrs. Peacock: Aristocrat, widow
CEO of the nation’s largest maid service, also a senator.
Not only do we have characters both new and old but we also have all the original weapons from the board game. The candlestick, lead pipe, revolver, wrench, knife and rope all make an appearance at some point in the story.
Throughout the story the butler breaks the fourth wall to tell the reader of the various happenings at the mansion. Not only does the butler tell the reader of what is going on, he also informs the editor of the book, Carlos Guzman, of his distaste of flashbacks. The editor is drawn into various panels throughout the story and has conversations with the butler. The butler is, in a way, correct that it seems almost unnecessary to have a narrator, to bring the reader up to speed on the story, as well as having flashbacks. The back and forth between the butler and the editor does not add a lot to the main story but does add to the goofiness of the book.
Overall the book is a simple and easy-going read. The kind of book that is good for lazy Sundays or road trips. It is a book that does not take itself too seriously and neither should you. A definite read for Clue fans.
I have had my eye on The Sheriff of Babylon for a while, and thanks to Penguin Random House Canada, I’ve been given the chance to final read this great story. The Sheriff of Babylon collect Sheriff of Babylon #1-12 from DC-Vertigo. Check out my full review.
Batman All-star volume 1
Collects issues 1-5
Writer: Scott Snyder (New 52 Batman, Wytches)
Artist: John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Kick-Ass)
Reviewed by: Peter (Produce Pete) McNeely
All-star DC comics (which no longer exists) was an imprint of DC comics which brought together some of the best writers and artists to create new stories using DC’s most popular characters. The main differences between previous All-star titles and All-star Batman is that All-star Batman’s stories are part of the current DC universe continuity. The series features the ever so popular writer Scott Snyder with a rotating cast of well known artists.
Scott Snyder is at it again with the help of John Romita Jr.. Together these two create one hell of a rollercoaster ride that jumps between the present and the past. The story, titled MY OWN WORST ENEMY, has Batman fighting his way across the state (498 miles to be exact) to cure Harvey Dent of Two-Face. Early into the story we find out that Two-Face has put out an open contract on Batman to try and stop him from reaching a house (we learn about this house later on) containing the cure. As the story progresses Batman’s relationship with Harvey Dent is explored, through multiple flashbacks, revealing the childhood interactions these two characters share. Even with over a dozen different villains trying to stop him, Batman with the help of Robin (Duke Thomas) and a few other members of the Bat family, prevail (SURPRISE!).
I really enjoyed the art in this book. It flows beautifully from panel to panel and does a good job of creating an obvious transition from past to present. There is a panel of Batman standing in a field, cape blowing in the wind, which is so simple yet still portrays Batman’s perseverance. Although, of all the characters in this book I would have to say that Two-face is drawn the best. The details of the scaring on his face are outstanding and the use of showing one side of the face to show who is in control is very well done. The colours used are not your typical dark Batman colours. They are brighter and more vibrant making the characters pop out from the background.
Even though at its core this is a very typical Batman story I still enjoyed reading this book. Snyder just knows how to write a good Batman story and John Romita Jr. backs it up with some wonderful art. The book (and I’m sure the rest of the series) will scratch that Scott Snyder Batman itch lingering since the end of his run on Batman New 52. The only unfortunate thing about this series is that the artist changes every story arc, something I am not the biggest fan of. If you can get past this I would recommend hopping onto the series. If you can’t get passed that issue I would still recommend picking up All-Star Batman volume 1 as it is sure to be an entertaining read.
All-Star Batman volume 1 was provided to us for review by Penguin Random House Canada.