Jill Thompson

Black Orchid 4 (December 1993)

This issue, with all its magic, ought to work. It’s about water nymphs and forest spirits and all sorts of earth magic and it just doesn’t work. The problem is Foreman and Thompson are too literal. Thompson even paints a full page but it doesn’t help. Foreman opens with his dumb freelance reporter from the […]

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Black Orchid 3 (November 1993)

Bill and Ted guest star this issue. Thankfully, Foreman only gives them a few pages. Reading his dialogue for stoners, one might guess Foreman has never gotten stoned, much less tripped. But besides them–and the lame narration from Black Orchid’s call girl friend–it’s the best issue so far. It’s not good, as Foreman comes up […]

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Swamp Thing 159 (October 1995)

Jill Thompson does fill-in for Millar’s attack on, let’s see, both the English upperclass and on Scottish parents. It involves an elite dining club; the members have to eat whatever is put on their plate to keep in good standing. Can’t really spoil the big surprise, since Millar does a whole bait and switch for […]

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Black Orchid 2 (October 1993)

If so inclined, one could admire Foreman’s commitment with the second issue. He takes everything bad about the first issue and enhances it. Except maybe the bad narrator. Instead, he has a bunch of villainous military industrial guys who talk a lot. No pop culture reference, which is both a surprise and maybe Foreman’s best […]

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Black Orchid 1 (September 1993)

Weird comic. Especially for a first issue. Dick Foreman’s narrative choices don’t help it much either. He makes Black Orchid the subject of the issue, not a player. She’s an urban legend and so on; Foreman’s got a lame investigative reporter narrating and trying to find her. There’s a lot about how great it is […]

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Black Orchid 5 (January 1994)

Oh, good grief. This issue ties in to Swamp Thing, with Black Orchid and Sherilyn the hooker with a heart of gold heading to Louisiana. Black Orchid, it turns out, is a Swamp Thing expert and thinks she can help him through his relationship troubles. Foreman doesn’t even try to explain how Black Orchid knows […]

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Beasts of Burden 4 (December 2009)

Compared to the previous three issues, the series ends on a weak note. It’s still awesome and all, but it’s a kinda cliffhanger and kinda cliffhangers are damned annoying when it comes to limited series. The letters column even opens with talk about another series, instead of giving this one any kind of closure. In […]

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Beasts of Burden 3 (November 2009)

As a rat owner, I’m horrified Dorkin uses them as these master villains, the animal kingdom’s equivalent of Al Queda or something; however, as a reader, I have to admit, it’s a darn good book–though I’m not sure I like getting done with it without the mystery being solved. This issue’s a romance issue, at […]

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Beasts of Burden 2 (October 2009)

I certainly hope no one ever sells this issue to a kid. It’s–wow. Let’s see. It’s about a dog with two missing puppies. The team (do they have a team name?) investigates and ends up in the forest where they try calling the puppies spirits. That attempt works, but has the unintended side effect of […]

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Beasts of Burden 1 (September 2009)

Here’s an idea: dogs and cats who fight the supernatural (animals). It sounds Disney on paper, but the execution of Beasts of Burden has a lot of darkness and a lot of oomph. Dorkin’s killing off animals left and right here; admittedly, they’re all off-panel deaths (at least of the cute animals), but the survivors […]

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