Comic Time: JD reviews TOTAL RECALL sequel

Title: Total Recall #1
Writer: Vince Moore
Art: Cezar Razek
Colors: Salvatore Aiala
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo
Robocop. The Terminator. Total Recall. These were perhaps the coolest sci-fi action movies my 12-year old brain had ever seen. My DVD of Total Recall still sits on my shelves, in it’s metal, Mars-shaped tin, just begging me to watch it again. This comic just does an ok job of continuuing the story of Quaid/Hauser, his dream woman, vagina-face (the comic doesn’t do the favor of reminding us of the character’s actual name) and the awesome bag of freak rebels they helped to free. But what comes next? More importantly, 21 years later (sweet jeebus..really that long?) we even CARE? Well, as it turns out, I guess I don’t give a crap. I thought this book would be fun to read and fun to review, but it just made me want to go back and rewatch the original (and to pray to the gods that the remake doesn’t happen) than to go forward and read issue #2 when it hits the stands. None of the terrible charm of Ahnold’s acting or hilariously quotable one-liners are here and without those things, this comic just doesn’t work, sadly. After 21 years, you don’t really still need to “getcher ass to mars”.
Title: The Tattered Man
Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Penciler: Norberto Fernandez
Lettering and Design: Bill Tortolini
Halloween is the best holiday, and after the scares are over and the department stores start selling Pilgrim and Turkey decorations, I immediately get sad that the Great Pumpkin’s season to reign has ended. I often wish that the creepy Halloween atmosphere would last, and The Tattered Man made it happen! Take the best Tales From the Crypt episode you’ve seen, mix it with DC’s RagMan and The Spectre and you get The Tattered Man, and excellent campfire tale that you’ll want to read under your covers with only a flashlight to show you the way.

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