likes his Dugout:
"Writer Adam Beechen does a nice job with the random cast members' characterization; I especially like the ex-con junkball pitcher (in a movie, I could see him played by Joseph Cotten or even the Professor, Russell Johnson) who is fond of making up sounds-like-bible quotes, and he successfully evokes the spirit of a hundred and one late 40's-1950's B-movie baseball movies, not to mention low-budget noir flicks, with his story."
+++++Marc Allen reposted his AiT review from a while back;
I guess that ten-year anniversary coming up is on people's minds: "Astronauts in Trouble,
by writer Larry Young and artists Matt Smith and Charlie Adlard, reads like a novel-to-comic story, and I mean that in a good way. Perhaps one of the most intelligently-written comics I've ever read, Astronauts in Trouble
contains humor, suspense, action, and even a few twists and turns in just the right places. It also has some of the best real-life dialogue a reader could hope for; the characters sound like real people, not cardboard cutouts. These qualities combine to make this story one of the most pleasing reads in comics today."
...and thanks to Tom Spurgeon for giving me a birthday shout-out yesterday, and to all the folks who saw it over there and sent me well-wishes.
Dugout gets Blogcritic'd
by Bill Sherman: "Artist Manny Bello (who first teamed up with Beechen four years ago in Hench
) gives this lot a suitably lived-in appearance: even his Irene isn't too much of a looker. Back when I first read Hench
, I took issue with some of Bellow's unconvincing figures, but it's less of an issue in Dugout
. If, at times, Beechen's chatty set-up overpowers the artist's visuals (there are a few too many talky headshots), the artist's rumpled, dust-flecked style is definitely suited to the story's period milieu. These mugs live in a leather-stitched world, and they wouldn't have it any other way.
Neither, for that matter, would we..."
+++++... and H over at Comic Treadmill
does "the blog equivalent of a TPB as I joyride through my previous entries for snippets to sell why I dig this book." Seriously, click the link and read the clips. That's awesome.