Tuesday, October 27, 2009

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Jon Sable: Freelance - Ashes of Eden #1

Two books written and drawn by Mike Grell in one month? Santa came early and I've apparently been a good little critic this year. :)

GOOD THING: It's Mike Grell, returning to his greatest original character, writing AND drawing while tackling topical issues with an action movie twist. In this case, blood diamonds.

BAD THING: Mike Grell is very good at drawing the human form. And while he's usually an equal-opportunity offender (his heroes wind up naked as much as the heroines), this issue DOES get a little heavy on the fan service.

You either hate John Sable or you love it. I love it. And if you are the sort of person who enjoys high-action tales of troubled men who have lost it all, trying to do a little good in the world, I think you'll get a kick out of this series.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend this to new readers, though. Better to track down the original Jon Sable, Freelance collections, available at most fine bookstores.


  1. Sable was quite good early on. I've seen some of the non-Grell Sable & it was OK. The later Grell stuff with the face markings seems odd to me.

  2. Actually, Sable had the face marking stuff in the early days when Grell created the character - the rational being that while Sable isn't exactly a superhero, the weird tribal mask/warpaint does make bad guys nervous.
    And most Sable purists don't count the Wolfman issues as being In Countiuity - FYI.

  3. I like this method of reviewing comics. I may have to steal it ;-)

  4. Go ahead. I stole it from Joel Hodegson and the early days of Mystery Science Theater 3000. He used to make the robots give him a good thing and a bad thing about the movies they watched in exchange for a tasty RAM chip. :)