Two great titles from Scout Comics, for fans of classic light-hearted action, and dark ill-fated revenge…
Impossible Jones #2
PART 2 OF THE IMPROBABLE ORIGIN OF IMPOSSIBLE JONES! IMP PUTS HER NEW FOUND POWERS TO GOOD USE—GETTING PAYBACK ON THE GANG WHO ABANDONED AND BETRAYED HER!BUT SHE’S ABOUT TO FIND OUT REVENGE IS A KNIFE THAT CUTS BOTH WAYS! PERPETUAL PANDEMONIUM PRESENTED BY KARL KESEL (HARLEY QUINN) AND DAVID HAHN (BATMAN’66). PLUS: WHAT IS TRUTH? WHAT IS CONSPIRACY? THAT’S THE BIG QUESTION! A NEW IMP-RELATED FEATURE BY KESEL AND HAHN.
This one was just a lot of fun, all action and banter with hints enough of a more serious story underneath it. Writer Karl Kesel (I’m sure he’s heard all of the Kessel Run jokes there are, so let’s leave it at that) is turning out a throwback kind of comic that reminded me very much the Golden Age of comics… only with writing that’s a lot less dated and clunky. Likewise, the artistic team of David Hahn (pencils), Karl Kesel (again, this time on inks), Tony Avina (colors), & ComiCraft (letters) approaches the comic from that same angle. There’s violence and crime afoot, sure, but it kinda comes across more like Wile E. Coyote than Quentin Tarantino. Not sure what happened, but I missed the opening issue… a thing I plan on fixing pretty quick.
King’s Vengeance #1
A VEXED WARRIOR WHO WAS ONCE A LOVING FATHER AND HUSBAND IS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE 25 YEARS LATER AND PROCEEDS TO AVENGE HIMSELF ON THE DEMONS RESPONSIBLE. FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT SCOUT SERIES ONCE OUR LAND, GET THIS AWESOME NEW FIRST ISSUE!
To flip things around, going from a fast-paced but relatively consequence free story, we get to King’s Vengeance. Readers who like their fantasy on the darker side should be in for a treat as the creative team of Peter Ricq & Davila LeBlanc put King Olric through the wringer. His wife has betrayed him and given their own son over to evil personified, and Olric is down to a last resort attack. Fair warning… nothing good happens in this opening issue. The Darkness isn’t defeated. The good King Olric doesn’t win back the life of his son. And he sure doesn’t win back a kingdom. Yet.