Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bulleteer #1 - Um, good?

I think I really liked this comic. I'm pretty sure, anyways. Bulleteer, the latest Seven Soldiers mini, seems to be an examination of the public perception of superhumans, and the lengths one will go to in order to interact with them. It has definate shades of celebrity culture, and also addresses the body modification craze. It's a parody of cheesecake super-heroines, but it also embraces that very same cheescake asthetic through Yanick Paquette's artwork. It addresses internet culture, pornography, and the effect of classic super-hero origins on hospital wards.

In other words, this comic has cast a pretty wide net in terms of themes and focus.

I'm going to be very interested to see where this book goes. Its so abitious, conceptually, that I'm not sure how all of the different areas can be given their due. I think Grant Morrison has a tendancy to throw ideas against the wall and see what sticks, but in this case I'll be disapointed to see any of them get short shrift. I enjoyed this comic a great deal, and I really hope the rest of the mini lives up to this introductory issue.

The main character, Alix Harrower, is definately one of the strongest of the Seven Soldiers books thus far (behind only Klarion, in my eyes). She doesn't come off like a ditz or a ball-buster, but a complete person. She clearly has faults (um, inattention would seem to be the main shortcoming), but is clear-headed and kind. I like reading stories that don't feature brooding sociopaths or angst-ridden whiners. It's kind of a wake-up call when a failed suicide is the most positive protagonist I've read in a current DC comic recently.

Anyways, Bulleteer is the bizomb. I think it's overambitious, but I'd rather read a book that tries too many new things, than one that does the same crap all over again.

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