Men in Tights Reviews: Digital Visions, Misery City, The Wrong House

DIGITAL VISIONS #4 (Visionary Comics)

Written by SAM JOHNSON, A. DAVID LEWIS, and KARL ALTSTAETTER & ROBERT NAPTON

Art by BRUNO LETIZIA, MICHAEL ANGELO LEE, and KARL ALTSTAETTER

The first story in this anthology, “Voodoo Trespass”, tells the story of Cabra Cini — Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman.

Interesting title, huh?

The basic premise of the story is that Cabra became involved with the voodoo arts while trying to find a simple and easy way to end her relationship with her abusive boyfriend/pimp. Swapping her newfound magical abilities for her former addiction to crack, Cabra became — you guessed it — a voodoo junkie hitwoman, tracking down criminals with a bounty on their head like a one-woman A-Team with black magic powers.

The second story is “Gangland Avalon”, about two warring crime families in a modern urban setting, who often utilize magic to settle their turf wars. A unique concept, it falls just a tad flat on delivery and presentation. It was still an entertaining read, though.

The story “Deity: The Darkness and the Light” rounds out this issue of the anthology, telling the story of Jamie, a teenage girl who is completely unaware that she is, in fact, a flesh-and-blood goddess, until a group of extradimensional beings known as Ma’shiva show up to guard her.

The last story is quite fascinating, but seems a bit overwritten in regards to dialogue. The backstory of the main character, though, is presented well in the form of a not-too-long and not-too-short inner monologue. The artwork of “Deity” is quite well-done and especially well-colored, making for a nice balanced presentation that leaves the reader wanting more.

Each story in this anthology is surprisingly well-crafted and well-written, with art that lends exceedingly well to the overall feel of the book. I would recommend it to anybody who is a fan of action comics, especially seeing as how it, along with all the other issues of this anthology, is available for free at drivethrucomics.com.

MISERY CITY #1 (Blackline Comics)

Written by K.I. ZACHOPOULOS

Concept, plot, and art by VASSILIS GOGTZILAS

Max is a private detective in the seedy and eerily supernatural Misery City. At the beginning of our story Max is seen taking down a fifty-foot tall skeleton that bursts out of the pavement, apparently a normal every-day occurrence in Misery City. Later on, Max visits his barkeep friend Pakita, who wants him to investigate her boyfriend to learn if he has a mistress. At the end of the story ,we learn that Hell wants Max, and one ugly son-of-a-bitch right outside Misery City is happy to help the demons get their wish.

Overall, Misery City was an entertaining read. My only complaint would be that it didn’t seem to give me much information on the protagonist, his personality, or his backstory. In some cases this can be a good thing, but it doesn’t seem to work here.

The writing is good, if a bit over-the-top in places, and the art is spectacular and unique, well-suited to this story. There is little action here, but the story was definitely intriguing. I’d recommend this comic for all fans of horror and the supernatural.

THE WRONG HOUSE (Broken Soul Press)

Written by CURTIS LAWSON

Art by KAY

The Wrong House is a one-shot in the horror genre that offers an interesting new take on the classic (and highly clichéd) slasher story. I can’t say much about the plot without giving away the ending, but suffice it to say that it is not at all what you’ll be expecting.

This story is presented out of chronological order, which is really the only thing that makes the twist ending as effective as it is. Both the writing and art are superb here. The dialogue stands out as well-executed, but not so overplayed that it dominates the story to the detriment of the art.

The artwork is stark black-and-white, but this is a exceptional case in which this is to the betterment of the comic. This is also a prime example of those sadly rare instances in which both the writing and the art are equally indispensable to the impact and overall texture of a comic, and mesh together so superbly than one feels completely drawn into the story.

What else can I say? I highly recommend it!

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Evan Henry is an aspiring comic book writer with several forthcoming projects. He has dabbled in various other forms of writing, including prose and amateur journalism. Evan has been writing comic scripts since 2007 and poetry since 2008. In his free time, he enjoys reading on the subjects of philosophy, history, and political science, reading comic books and science fiction, and watching television programs about monkeys. For information on sending review copies, Evan can be reached via e-mail at evanh2008@yahoo.com