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I've written reviews of #1 here and #2 here (second post at that link) and now I'm doing a post with scans!

Sigil is a four-issue limited series, the second of two CrossGen titles (the other being Ruse) to be recently revitalized by Marvel. Since the fourth issue just came out last week, I figured this was as good a time as any to do a post about it. The trade - called Out of Time - comes out in September.

I think there's a fair amount about it that makes it interesting, including the facts that the protagonist is an interesting teenage girl, that it passes the Bechdel test at some points, and that there are pirates (including an awesome lady captain) involved.

What brought it to my attention, however, were two of the names on the cover (by Jelena Djurdjevic) of the first issue - Mike Carey and Leonard Kirk. As a fan of both Carey's work on The Unwritten and Kirk's work on the first Agents of Atlas miniseries, the idea of a collaboration between the two had instant appeal for me. As I found out later, the storyline and art (including some really nice colouring by Guru eFX) would justify my interest.

13 scans from two issues - 7 from #1 (22 pages) and 6 from #2 (20 pages). The images are different sizes because some are taken from previews and some are my own scans.

Note: There are scenes of grieving (a funeral; in the second set of scans) and scenes of bullying (in both sets of scans).

Sigil #1: In which we meet our heroine )


Sigil #2: In which Captain Sin is awesome )

Part two coming soon!
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Sigil #2 (of 4) - Mike Carey (story), Leonard Kirk (pencils, pages 1-15 & 20), Patrick Olliffe (pencils, pages 16-19), Ed Tadeo (inks), Guru EFX (colours), and Rob Steen (letters). The cover is by Jelena Djurdjevic.

Spoilery summary ahead as this issue kicks off with a lot of action )

My thoughts:
This is a good issue! Things continue to get interesting. There's good world-building and we learn a bit more about how "magic" (for lack of a better term) works in this universe.

Sam now has an important, if still somewhat cryptic, "mission" and at least some of the things she needs to work on it...but she still has the school bullies to deal with as well. She's also slowly growing in confidence, both concerning the magical elements of her story and with her enemies at school. We're also shown another glimpse of her non-school non-Sigil-related life through a flashback.

I like that this comic is still passing the Bechdel test and that it does a somewhat better job in this issue than in the last one. In this issue, not only do Sam and Captain Sin (who is the definition of kick-ass) have a brief conversation about survival in difficult situations, but it's evident that Sam really takes the Captain's words to heart. As she gathers her courage for the task ahead (just before the "To be continued" on the last page), she repeats something that the Captain told her earlier for (as I read it) strength and comfort.

I still like the art (seriously can't go wrong with Leonard Kirk pencils!) and I feel I should once again point out the great colouring. Patrick Olliffe also draws some of the pages and his work fits nicely in with Kirk's so that the reader isn't drawn out of the drama of the story. Upon closer study one can see the differences, but they aren't big enough to attract my attention in a negative way.

Overall? Good writing, good art = [personal profile] ficticons keeps reading (if she can still find the money for comics, but that's another subject :P).
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Something else that I've been meaning to do (apart from fic and icons) is to write monthly reviews of the comics that I read (when I buy monthly or, alternatively, when I finish a trade). Here's one review for a comic that came out in March - the second of three I read that month. The first review was for the new revival of the CrossGen title Sigil (link goes to LJ, where the post includes a lengthy plot synopsis (and therefore spoilers)) and it is something I wrote before 3WFDW started.

But for today, I've got a review of DC Comics' Teen Titans #93 (subtitled "Step into the Light") by J. T. Krul [writer], Nicola Scott [penciller], Doug Hazlewood [inker], Sal Cipriano [letterer], and Jason Wright [colourist]. The cover was by Scott and Hazlewood with Wright.

I decided to start reading this title from this issue (and possibly stick with it at least for the first arc) for two reasons: the introduction of a new teen heroine who happens to be from India (like me, although that's where our similarities end, beyond the fact that she has powers and I don't) and because this seemed like a good place to jump in to the Teen Titans title, which I've been meaning to check out for a while anyway.

Click for the review )

My thoughts:
It looks good so far! I like Kiran, and I'm glad to be reading a book where I can get a regular dose of Rose (a character I'm intrigued about) as well as the other TT whom I'm not very familiar with, Bart and Kon. I've read quite a bit about Cassie, Raven, and Gar already, so I feel I know more about them and Tim, who is often in the Bat-stories that I read.

Other thoughts )

Overall? Interesting stuff. I'm willing to keep reading this title to see where this story goes and to see more of Kiran, her parents, and Helena.

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