Sean Phillips

7 Psychopaths 2 (June 2010)

I wish they’d included a guide to the characters. I’m totally lost except the old guy and handful of others. I mean, I can’t remember their distinctive characteristics either. So there’s a problem…. Otherwise, it’s decent. I suppose this issue really had to establish whether 7 Psychopaths was going to be a decent limited series […]

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7 Psychopaths 1 (May 2010)

It’s not like Sean Phillips doesn’t work. He does. He works steadily. But I still get an intense thrill out of seeing his new comics, like I haven’t seen them in a while or enough of them. 7 Psychopaths–which might be French, but feels a lot like The Dirty Dozen in terms of pacing (lots […]

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Incognito 6 (August 2009)

Doesn’t Nick Fury want his flying car back? Incognito ends with an abbreviated fight scene (if only Brubaker and Phillips had abbreviated the one in the third issue, when everything started to go bad) and no real resolution to any of the subplots. In fact, it introduces some kind of romance between protagonist Zach Overkill […]

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Incognito 5 (July 2009)

Wow, did Mark Waid read Incognito before starting Incorruptible or what? I think Brubaker ought to say something–the underage girl villain sidekick is just too much. That pithy opening, unfortunately, is the most enthusiasm I can get with this one. I could really care less at this point, so when Brubaker turns in an issue […]

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Incognito 4 (June 2009)

Ok, so for whatever reason, I thought Zoe Zeppelin was black (or half-black) and so I was going to do another Tom Strong reference (since Zeppelin’s dad was the one who started the whole science-hero thing in the Incognito universe) and maybe even point out back in the good old (pre-Marvel exclusive) days, Brubaker did […]

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Incognito 3 (April 2009)

I’ve read Incognito before so I know it eventually falls apart. I just didn’t remember where it started crumbling. Apparently, it’s this issue. Instead of his delicately paced narrative, here Brubaker dedicates the majority of the issue to a superpowered fight scene in a mall. Then he brings in Zoe Zeppelin, a superhero (with a […]

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Incognito 2 (February 2009)

The way Brubaker weaves his plot and subplots (he uses a modified Levitz Paradigm) is beautiful. There’s so much nuance to it, little things being introduced, percolating gradually then rapidly (this issue introduces a Plot C and heats it to a Plot A, all while keeping other subplots cooking steadily). Brubaker’s “independent” work is so […]

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Incognito 1 (December 2008)

Am I supposed to think Tom Strong when I read the term science-villains? Brubaker’s take on a “realistic” superhuman villain is nice–well, he does have to do the whole history of this universe thing, which gets tiresome since every new superhero book has to get it established–because it’s not a metaphor for anything. His protagonist […]

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