Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Postal' #20 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart, and K. Michael Russell

Ensemble casts in comics, like in television, are only as good as their weakest link. Each character should be explored to become fully rounded individuals with an arc that makes people care about them. 'Postal' #20 successfully demonstrates how it's done when you have characters with their own agency. One story ends and another begins in this explosive issue.


★★★★★ (5/5)

Maggie has been through a lot. The unassuming waitress caught Mark's eye and was one of the few people of Eden that understood him and paid him much attention. Like everyone in town, she too was leaving behind a shady past to start anew. She couldn't help but be attracted to Mark's intelligence and innocence. He couldn't resist her kindness, her strength, her patience. Her relationship with Mark would put her in the hospital at the hands of Molly. She persevered and was always willing to fight back. It was only a matter of time before she and Molly would cross paths again. It was inevitable. Maggie had had enough though. She was done with Eden, done with Mark, done with the whole Shiffron family. Suddenly, she finds herself having the upper hand and isn't afraid to read Mark the riot act. It's one of Maggie's biggest moments. All hail the queen.

Meanwhile, we get our longest look at Isaac Shiffron yet, the exiled patriarch of the Shiffron brood, bearded up and running a cult with Agent Bremble in the mix. He may or may be falling for Isaac's long diatribe about redeeming sinners and whatnot. It could all be one big scam for all we know. Either Way, it looks like he may have found a way to leverage Bremble to do his bidding. Is Bremble a convert or playing along? You'll have to wait at least 30 days to find out, boys and girls.

Another Isaac, not the crazy cult leader, Isaac Goodhart is killing it in other ways. His layouts and camera work make the simplest of scenes pop and draw the reader in.Because this is more of a Maggie-centric issue she's framed either dead center or in a way that she looms larger than usual, larger than Mark, displaying her dominance. It may just be me but it fits the narrative perfectly. K. Michael Russell does some wonderful work as transitions from environments. The fields of the vast acreage surrounding Shiffron's  compound, the interiors of Maggie's place, the exteriors of Eden, nightfall, the mayor's kitchen, and so on, Russell devotes a distinctive palette for each scene providing a different tone for each setting.

'Postal' under Bryan Hill has taken some dramatic turns with some of the biggest moves on the chessboard happening this issue alone. Maggie cements her place as a badass in much the same way Carol has on TV's The Walking Dead. She's no pushover and Hill has allowed her to shine. Now, the table is set for some really crazy developments. Make sure 'Postal' is on your pull list if it isn't already.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

LONG BEACH COMIC CON Invades the Southland with William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, Cosplayers, and More

It's that time of year again when pop culture fans from all over Southern California and beyond descend on Long Beach to meet and greet some of their favorite stars from comic books, television, and movies. This year the 2017 Long Beach Comic Con offers some new exciting guests, panels, concerts, film festivals, cosplay contests, and an expansive Space Expo.


Visit downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 for the annual Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year's lineup includes legendary actor and cultural icon Star Trek's William Shatner speaking in the Main Stage room on Saturday as well as esteemed veteran comic writer and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
A con that still values comics will feature comic book vendors, artists, writers, and publishers. Approximately 100 other guests including animators, voice actors, and professional cosplayers will be participating in more than 100 entertaining and informative panels covering animation,…

REVIEW: 'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' #6 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora

The series has been great fun but for fans of the original Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter and the Bionic Woman starring Lyndsey Wagner it's been a time machine to what could have been when these two iconic heroines meet.


WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #6  Writer: Andy Mangels Artist: Judit Tondora Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
 Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have put together a sprawling crossover event that faithfully captures the tone and aesthetic of the 1970's shows. Often complicated and full of exposition, the camaraderie between Diana and Jamie is genuine and to see them in action makes the cover price worth every penny. Bringing together not only the titular heroes but incorporating their respective supporting characters like Wonder Girl and combining villains was no easy feat but Mangels and Tondora pull it off with enthusiasm and precision.
The plot to use Fembots to…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

REVIEW: 'Crosswind' #4 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

'Crosswind' #4 delves deeper into the situations that Cason and Juniper have found themselves in. The fates of both are increasingly in danger just as Cason as Juniper begins to stabilize the domestic life. Juniper as Cason has a target on his back and a deception that could cost a life before the two return to their rightful bodies.



CROSSWIND #4 Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Cat Staggs Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 27, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
The last issue was a satisfying chapter but things get inevitably messier. Cruz is out to get Cason for sleeping with his fiance Mika and making sure he keeps quiet about killing the idiotic son, Siggy, of the mob boss. He's got to play Mr. Randolph against Cason now and it's sure to set some deadly actions in motion. Meanwhile, back in suburbia, Cason just set Juniper's husband straight about his philandering. He needs help getting away as a woman so he enlists the help of a transgender woma…