Asgardian Trade Commission 10/24/10

Posted on October 24, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

So, it’s Sunday as of the time when I started writing this post, and that means it’s time for a new Asgardian Trade Commission.  Now, I know it’s a bit late, but between working on other things for the site and life happening, I got a little behind.  It’s no excuse, I know, but I appreciate your patience.  Now, on to the review:

Haunt Vol. 1

Image Comics, $9.99

Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane, Ryan Ottley, Greg Capullo

Collects Haunt #1-5

Haunt is the story of Daniel Kilgore and his brother, Kurt.  Daniel is a priest, who seems to have lost his way and his touch with God.  Kurt is his secret agent brother who flies around the globe performing covert operations for a somewhat mysterious organization.  Daniel’s life changes when Kurt is murdered, and he has to comfort and watch over his brother’s wife.  As the title suggests, Kurt sticks around in his afterlife and watches over his brother.  It’s all fairly standard, until Kurt, out of instinct, tries to rescue his brother and the two find their souls(I guess…) combined to give Daniel some kind of magical powers.  Throughout the course of the trade, Daniel and Kurt start getting the hand of working together and even start to come to terms with working together and using their powers to further both of their goals, such as rescuing Kurt’s wife from a hostage situation.  There’s a love triangle, there’s superheroic action, there’s espionage complete with a double-cross, there’s something from just about every genre in here, and while it’s a solid start and it has me interested enough to see where the series goes from here, something seems a little bit off to me as I read through.  It may be the somewhat cookie-cutter plot(that frankly doesn’t seem up to par with Kirkman’s other work,) or it could be that Kurt and Daniel use their powers in a fashion that brings Spider-Man to mind just about every time I see it, but it feels kind of shaky throughout.  Like I said, it’s interesting, but I think it would take a lot for this to become one of my favorite comics.

Ollie’s Beard 3/5

Stay tuned throughout the week, Dan is going to add some more on the strengths of Haunt as the series progresses, namely reviews of the most recent issues of the series.

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