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Nick White - Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Nick White
  • 4001 A.D. #3
  • Doctor Fate #14
  • Future Quest #3

It feels like it’s been forever since the last issue of 4001 A.D. from writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain.  Sure, it’s only been a month, but I suppose that’s the effect a good book has on you.  Alongside of some of Kindt’s other works, this title has summer blockbuster written all over it, and favors high concept action sequences over multi-layered texts and hidden meanings.  Which would be a problem, if Crain didn’t crank the “AWW YSSS” factor to 11.  Those looking for slower-paced entries in the Valiant universe would be wise to pick up the tie-in titles.

So…Dr. Fate is what the kiddos would call “totes legit,” and a legitimately underrated read of DC Comics.  Now, I’m not about to say that it needs to be winning “all of that awards,” or that it’s some flagrantly disregarded masterpiece.  Just that it’s a real tonal and subject matter shift from DC’s usual shtick, and Sonny Liew’s art has been marvelous.  Which brings me to the big point: Liew appears to no longer be on the book, with Ibrahim Moustafa replacing him (having taken over last month). Moustafa is perhaps best known for drawing an issue of last year’s Godzilla in Hell, and for drawing the Monkeybrain Comics series High Crimes, written by Christopher Sebela.

Finally, there’s Future Quest #3.  Paul pointed out to me on the podcast that Doc Shaner is “off” this month, but both DC and ComicbookDB seem to suggest otherwise.  Needless to say, I trust Paul.  This book has been massively enjoyable, in spite of the fact that at least fifty percent of the characters in this series are totally new to me.  I know Johnny Quest and his gang, and Harvey Birdman…and beyond that…this is all pretty new.