Sunday, December 23, 2012

Masks #2

After enjoying the first issue of Masks, I was looking forward to the next chapter - but a shocking surprise awaited within.

I should explain that I try not to dig too much into the contents of future comics - I like to be surprised, and most previews tend to give away too much info. So I really don't know much about this series, other than the fact that it features a number of pulp heroes working together and artist Alex Ross is involved.

So I was surprised when I opened this issue and realized that, unlike the first issue, Alex Ross did not do the interior art.

Instead Dennis Calero provides the illustrations. Nothing against him, he's a solid artist - but he doesn't measure up to Ross' work (but then, few artists could).

It seems a bit unfair to kick the series off with Ross, continue to have covers by him (among the artists who provide multiple covers for Dynamite's comics), but not have him doing the art for the whole series.

I know, "let the buyer beware" (or at least do his homework) and all that.

The story by Chris Roberson is ever-so-slowly pulling together the members of this "League of Pulp Heroes," adding two more this time around, joining The Shadow, The Spider, The Green Hornet and Kato. But after a dynamic beginning last issue, this time around... well, not much happens.

So this issue is a bit of a let-down. Here's hoping next issue gets things back on track.

Wonder who the artist will be?

Grade: B



Glen Davis said...

I'm a bit disappointed myself, for a number of reasons: I don't think the comic book version "Shazam" style Green lama should be used in a story supposedly based on the pulps; the heroes seemd very amatuerish; and the menace was exactly like one that The Spider was able to vanquish entirely by himself in his pulp sereis.

Chuck said...

I'm not familiar with the Green Lama (except for the Shazam version) and I wondered if it was the same character of a different pulp-based hero. But I agree completely.

Glen Davis said...

The pulp Green Lama was more similar to the Shadow, with a slightly different costume. Chanting the magic words did not give the Lama super powers. Plus, the Lama was an expert scarf fighter and garroter.

I believe Adventure House Books reprinted all of the Lama's adventures fairly recently, and if memory serves, Altus Press might have a collection of the pulp adventures.