With a lack of much to do apart from applying for jobs and waiting for BT to send me a router, I made use of Redhill Public Library and borrowed some books. Here’s a quick review of a few trades I picked up there.
The Question: Poisoned Ground: Let’s start with one of my favourite heroes, the Question (if you want the basics about this guy, click here). In this volume we get several Question stories, all with a strong gothic streak, as in Poe-esque melancholia and the uncanny rather than tight black pants and eye-liner. One features a wolf-pack bred hard-man. Another is a philosophical treatise about redemption and, although I’m not sure if I share O’Neill’s view, I’m glad someone out there thinks this way. My favourite tale, however, is called Mikado, a bleak, disturbing and grotesque tale about a good man pushed to use his intelligence in a most macabre manner indeed.
One funny thing I noticed in this volume and, now that I think about it, you find this in most of O’Neill’s Question is the comedic pseudo-homo-erotic relationship between Professor Aristotle Rodor and Vic. You’ll often see Vic prancing around the house they share doing his exercises almost naked in front of his elderly bachelor mentor. Add the Prof’s penchant for pinkish gowns and it’s sort of Batman and Robin in reverse.
Hellblazer: The Red Right Hand: John Constantine needs no introduction. In this particular volume we find the hell-bound magus helping the spirit of London and saving Glasgow from the apocalypse. The art is great, but the story? Kind of weak and boring to be honest. Some of the cover art is nice though (see above).
Moon Knight: Vol 2: Here Moon Knight is in Hollywood producing a show based on his life while battling with multiple personality disorder, Count Luchino Nefaria and the a tragic death of a friend. It’s all a bit silly. Nefaria (which sounds like a girl’s name, though I wouldn’t say that to his face) is the epitome of supervillainy, right down to the goatee, monocle and grandiose psychopathy. Above is the last panel in the book, which brought a smile to my face.