Mythos by Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins retells the origin stories of several of Marvel’s mainstream superheroes. First off, the art is absolutely gorgeous; Paolo Riviera’s painted realism breathes new life into the characters, a beautiful yet different feel I haven’t experienced in many other comics. I’m sorry I can’t say the same about the writing: because many stay so true to the original, not much is new, and it comes off almost stale. The only story with heart is Captain America, and even then it’s torn between World War II and the 1960’s. Ghost Rider is thrown in without due cause, possibly because of the then-upcoming film; I would have much preferred Iron Man, Thor, or even Wolverine.

I would recommend Mythos to a newbie comic reader who hasn’t gotten to the origin stories; but then again, you might as well go through the effort to check out the originals. And aside from the artwork, there isn’t much else to talk about. 3/5

UICooke masterfully takes the reigns on Will Eisner’s much-beloved The Spirit, infusing it with his own wonderful writing and fantastic artwork. I really enjoyed this, and you don’t have to be familiar with Eisner’s work to love it too.

I especially adored the Batman/The Spirit crossover, a collaboration with Jeph Loeb. Recommended!ziI’ll

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