Live From The Comic Shop – Edward Scissorhands #2, Oddly Normal #3, Rasputin #2

By Christine Marie Vinciquarra

Nov26One

What's the best thing for you to do the day before you eat mountains of turkey and stuffing? Read new comics. Well at least that's what I'm doing today Live From The Comic Shop, in Conquest Comics in Bayville, NJ. Bonus…I'm joined by Conquest Comic's Exclusive Metallic Harley Quinn Funko POP Vinyl. (I talk about toys like they're humans…haven't you ever seen Toy Story?) On to the comics!

Nov26Two

I could almost hear a Danny Elfman score playing in my head as I read Edward Scissorhands #2 from IDW Publishing, written by Kate Leth, with art by Drew Rausch. This is definitely one of my new favorite comics. Set aside the fact that I'm a huge Tim Burton fan and have seen the Edward Scissorhands movie over a hundred times, this is a really great story. I applaud Leth for writing such an interesting plot and incorporating new characters into a world that could have easily been tainted if it wasn't done well.  I am fascinated by Eli's character and the mischief that he's capable of. It really adds a mysterious (kind of terrifying) element to the plot.

Then you have sweet Edward, who is trying to mend the situation. Even though he doesn't say much, the emotion that comes across in Rausch's work is so powerful. Edward's facial expressions alone say so much. Megan's character continues to make me curious. I enjoy witnessing her play detective and attempt to find out more about her Grandmother Kim's past with Edward. I don't want to give anything away, but I was very excited with one of her discoveries. My imagination literally came alive with tons of thoughts about the growing potential this story has. I also feel like an excited fan girl hoping for certain things to be included. Overall, this comic is well written, the art is a pleasure to look at, and I'm sure that this story is going to continue to be awesome! Don't miss out on the fun cliffhanger at the end, pick up Edward Scissorhands #2 today!

Nov26Three

Oh Otis Frampton, you are such a talented man. Oddly Normal #3 from Image Comics, written, illustrated and colored by Otis Frampton continues to be a spectacular comic to read. This main character is so incredibly relatable, and I really feel for her struggle to fit in. Now that she's in a place where everyone is "odd" in their own way, she is given a bit of much needed relief. Things are changing for Oddly, and I feel like she is about to experience a lot of personal growth. She's left her old life behind, and as her Auntie tries to figure out where her parents disappeared to, she has the opportunity to focus on herself.

Let's set aside the storyline for a moment because I have to gush about Frampton's artwork. If you're a fan of playful, whimsical, magical things, you must pick up a copy of this book. I can guarantee you that even if you don't like the story (which is impossible) you will enjoy the art. The panels that I've shown above are filled with warm colors, an impressive feel of depth, and detail that I could stare at for hours. It almost makes you want to take a deep breath and sigh the relief that Oddly is feeling as she steps out the door. Now, even though this new world is filled with things that are comforting, there's always a catch. Pick up issue three to find out what troubles are in store for Oddly next.

Nov26Four

Rasputin #2 from Image Comics, written by Alex Grecian, with art by Riley Rossmo picks up where we left off wondering if Rasputin was going to be poisoned by a drink from his friends. Well that would have been too easy, no? Surprise. Something else happens instead! One of the things I like about this story is how the present day story is presented and how the events that happened in Rasputin's past tie into that. This issue mostly focuses on young Rasputin. Just like the last issue, there is a huge chunk of the comic that relies on artwork alone to tell the story, with limited dialogue. Once again, I enjoy when comics do that sometimes.

Rossmo's artwork is so impressive anyway, that you really don't need words all the time. I feel like the plot moved a little slow in this issue. It was definitely necessary to fill us in on some background information about some of the relationships Rasputin has had, so I get it. The moments that were climactic were very good. So that's going to keep my interest and allow me to move forward with the comic. I guess what I was missing the most, was the cryptic inner dialogue that we got in the first issue. It had a spooky feel about it, and that was lost in the second issue. I miss it. Hopefully it will come back. None the less, Grecian's writing is thorough, and I look forward to seeing where the plot will go.

To finish off my Live report, I'll share co-owner Pete's pick of the week! He chose, Superior Iron-Man from Marvel Comics written by Tom Taylor with art by Yildiray Cinar, because he's interested in where they are going to go with "Un-blinded Daredevil."

Well, it has been a fantastic Wednesday here at Conquest Comics. Thanks for reading Live From The Comic Shop! Be sure to come back next week for more new release reviews! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Bleeding Coolers, and be sure to enjoy mountains of turkey and stuffing, maybe some pumpkin pie too. If you're looking for some more awesome things to read on Bleeding Cool, check out Typing on the Dead and Sweet Release by Jared Cornelius!

Conquest Comics is located in Bayville, NJ. You can find out more about their awesome shop @ conquestcomics.com or follow them on Instagram @ConquestComics.

Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.

About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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