Comics Reviews

Time Traveling

EW.com heads into the future to examine Rick Spears and Rob G's buddy-cop sendup ''Repo,'' then goes back in time to meet the WW II-era spooks of ''Super Spy'' and scan James Sturm's story of America

RICK SPEARS AND ROB G'S REPO For fans of Blade Runner
RICK SPEARS AND ROB G'S REPO For fans of Blade Runner

REPO
Rick Spears and Rob G
(Monthly)
When a civil-rights group liberates a clone, his sickly ''owner,'' in dire need of a new ticker, hires two rival collection agencies to nab his doppelganger — and the hearty bounty that comes with him. That's right: We're in the future, where fast cars fly and bullets outnumber the cockroach population. Our anti-heroes are two scrappy repo men — one black, one white — who screw up and bicker and crack a heap of inappropriate racial jokes. FOR FANS OF... Blade Runner; buddy-cop films circa '87. DOES IT DELIVER? Writer Spears gleefully thumbs his nose at hard-boiled action conventions — lethally bodacious broads, bombastic displays of violence, sharp plot twists. It's all stupid fun until it gets, well, too stupid (fecal humor, anyone?). That's when Rob G's manga-jacked sketches come in for the save, offering splashy distractions in bright pink-and-yellow hues. B+ — Nisha Gopalan

SUPER SPY
Matt Kindt
(Paperback)
Even James Bond's genius weapons boffin Q might regard the task of stuffing every imaginable variation on the spy story into a single volume as impossible. But that apparently hasn't prevented St. Louis-based writer-artist Kindt from attempting to do just that in this 336-page collection of interlocking Word War II-set tales, or ''dossiers'' as they're referred to here. Some of the yarns are amusing — like one in which an operative discovers his spyware has a license to malfunction, rather than kill — while others feature nifty, and frequently fatal, surprise endings. But Kindt seems most interested in exploring his characters' troubled inner (double) lives, whether they happen to be those of a guilt-ridden German soldier, a doomed belly dancer, or even a dead man. FOR FANS OF... The melancholic spy novels of John Le Carré. DOES IT DELIVER? With Kindt's sparse but evocative artwork ably assisting his complex overarching story, Super Spy deserves to be read at least a couple of times. A- — Clark Collis

JAMES STURM'S AMERICA: GOD, GOLD, AND GOLEMS
James Sturm
(Paperback)
Sturm paints a heartbreakingly vivid picture of the U.S. landscape with three of his previously published works of historical fiction that span the 1800s through the 1920s. Witness a grief-stricken mother's desperation and anguish at an ol' fashioned revival meeting, the greed that consumes a restless mining town when unforeseen wealth materializes, and finally the paranoid racism hurled at a seemingly all-Jewish baseball team touring the bush leagues. FOR FANS OF... Kyle Baker's Nat Turner; Jack Kerouac's On the Road. DOES IT DELIVER? Sturm expertly conveys a sense of both time and place with throwback dialogue and drawing styles that change with each compelling story. B+ — Abby West

Originally posted Oct 09, 2007