Comics Alternative, Euro Comics: Reviews of I Am Legion and Tyler Cross: Black Rock

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For the October Euro Comics episode, Edward and Derek look at two works written by Fabien Nury. They begin with I Am Legion, recently out from Humanoids and featuring the art of John Cassaday. The story takes place in 1942, and the Nazis are experimenting with a force that could spell the quick end of the war. But this isn’t just any military operation. It’s one infused with vampiric lore. The guys explore this supernatural, gothic take on the Second World War, discussing along the way the faint presence of the Holocaust as well as the continued fertile ground of Nazi Germany as a narrative bedrock for European albums.

Next, they look at another work by Nury, this one illustrated by Brüno. Tyler Cross: Black Rock was originally published by Dargaud in 2013 but offered last year digitally in an English translation from Europe Comics. In terms of of both genre and art, this book is strikingly different from the first one Edward and Derek discuss. Tyler Cross is a gritty crime noir narrative set in the American Southwest, with Brüno’s stylized illustrations bringing out its bleak and violent tone. Set alongside Cassaday’s realistic art, the book demonstrates the versatility of Nury’s collaborative storytelling abilities. The guys also allude to the second book in this series, Tyler Cross: Angola, and speculate on future installments.

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Burnt Weiners Episode 046 Uncanny X-Force #1

Guns? Check! Blood? Check! Violence? Check! Shortened slang for someone from Czechoslovakia? Czech! The Weiners sit down, buckle up and strap in for the ridde that is Uncanny X-Force! Does the mega hype surrounding the book stand true?

The boys talk a bit about what DC might be doing with the Woldstorm characters (or hopes!), then Weed regals us with a dirty story.

Bo checks out the last issue of Frankencastle, sits down with the Knights of the Dinner Table, and has a chance to check out Lady Mechanika (Aspen). Weed checks out Angel, Secret Six, Brightest Day, Gail Simone’s awesome Twitter account and the controversial Neonomicon!

John looks into Deadpool MAX, and is delighted by the recent release of I AM LEGION (Humanoids). Steege looks at some stuff that used to be other stuff with Star Wars, the movie Dungeon Masters and invites everyone to DEFRAG 2010 in Amana, Iowa!

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