COMIC REVIEW: Creator-Owned Heroes #7

Creator-Owned-Heroes_7_ACreator-Owned Heroes has given indie comics a lot of great material these last few months, but even so, the news that it won’t be continuing after January has come out. In this penultimate issue of the series, see what Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Steve Niles, and the rest have in store.

The first of the 56 pages of comic-y goodness gives us a Darwyn Cooke short called “The Deadly Book.” A man steals a book said to be cursed from his grandfather and meets his own fate. Up next is part three of “Killswitch” from Palmiotti, Gray, Lando, and Mounts. In Killswitch, Brandon deals with the death of his parents and finds out who is orchestrating all these killings. From Niles and Morse comes “Meatbag,” in which Lou, a man working for the private eye DeSanto, is found in an alley looking like he was ran through a meat grinder. When he looks for more information, he might be getting in over his head. In addition to these great stories, you get an interview with Brandon Seifert and much more.

The Deadly Book is brief and well-done. With Darwyn Cooke doing both art and story, with colors by Dave Stewart, it’s easy to see that Darwyn was able to do things his way. While it isn’t a groundbreaking or life changing story, it’s thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the read.

Killswitch keeps up the spy story pacing and combines it with some beautiful art to make it a fun story. The big reveal at the end, while some may have seen it coming, still gets the right reaction out of the readers and sets up what is sure to be an action-packed final installment of the story.

Meatbag barely gives you anything to go on in the first installment, but leaves a lot of room for action in the next installment. I particularly enjoyed the way the text and narration was placed on the page, and not bound by bubbles of any kind. The art is beautiful and gives a great feel to the overall story.

Creator-Owned Heroes, as I’ve said before, is easily probably the best buy for your money. Just not enough people were buying it, it seems. Even with the end looming, the quality of stories and articles has kept up and will make the eight issues of Creator-Owned Heroes a testament to what can really happen when some great talents get excited about making comics.


Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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