Welcome back to another weekly roundup of Ice’s comic reviews!
Comics for this week: Paper Girls #9 and Moon Knight #6!
Paper Girl #9 (Image)
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Cliff Chiang
This issue was amazing right from the opening page. There’s yet another moment where Erin Tieng is communicating to the audience as well as the other characters involved in the story. And just like those characters, we all need answers to the question of, what the hell is going on?! Bravo, Brian K. Vaughan. Well played— or rather, well written. We do finally start to get some answers (kind of) and things do start to make sense (somewhat). But while we do get some answers, there’s still one major lingering question and the answer to that question could be the end for everyone! Do we trust the other Erin? Now that there are three Erins, which is the one who shouldn’t be trusted? Which one is lying? Are any of them lying? Okay, so maybe it’s a bit more than just one question. The mystery behind Paper Girls is an ever-growing one that hooks its claws into you and won’t ever let go. So far it’s been a ride of wonders and can absolutely take the best sci-fi book of the year title right now.
Moon Knight #6 (Marvel)
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla & James Stokoe
Jeff Lemire is one talented writer. He’s been writing this series with crazy mind trips that not even the reader can tell what’s real and what isn’t. Is everything actually happening or some but not all? Who knows! Marc Spector is back to having his three split personalities, each highlighted with a different artist (also a nice a touch). Wilfredo Torres who handled the Steven scenes, the “mundane, normal” moments, penciled it perfectly where everything looked smooth and calm, as the world in those scenes were. Francesco Francavilla drew the Jake Lockley pages where the mystery reared its crazy head again in the story, giving the scenes a noir-ish kind of look to it that perfectly lined up with the story. James Stokoe handled the last scene where it became a huge WTF-type moment and cliffhanger. Although this issue begins a new arc that involves space wolves (an idea that’s a walk in the park for Marvel), it seemingly continues on from the last arc. It’s a nice transition into the “next chapter” of the same story that’s subtle, but still noticeable. While it does seem like we’re back to square one with wondering if Marc really is still in the mental hospital and will he get out or not, it fits with the character and the tone of the story/series. It’s a mystery that Lemire is handling better with Moon Knight than Marvel has tried to do in other books. Moon Knight is a bit of a mind trip, but a great one.
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