Review: Creator-Owned Heroes #3

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It’s that time of the month again. I review yet another installment of Creator-Owned Heroes. Three issues in and the band is still together. You have Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin “JV” Gray, and Phil Noto on Trigger Girl 6 and Steve Niles and Kevin Mellon are playing a little American Muscle. There’s also a special duet with Mark Waid. I’ll end my feeble attempt at a music analogy there.

As always, let’s look at the two comics first. In previous reviews I have been a little rougher on American Muscle than Trigger Girl. Issue 2 upped Muscle, and 3 has shot it into the stratosphere. Now we can tell what type of comic this is. We get to see all the mutated creatures and the community they have built. Niles mixes in his signature scares and horror with some surprising comedy. Kevin Mellon handles the comedic moments just as well as the more serious ones. The story is a fun ride and really solidifies that this is a good comic. We get the scares and laughs, but we also get a little bit of plot development. We now have a mission that our band of misfits are about to set out on.

Trigger Girl 6 is just as good as always. Phil Noto was made for this story. The slick, futuristic beauty exceeds the story and that is saying quiet a lot. We dive even deeper into the mystery of Trigger Girl 6 and what she is. We try to find out why she was sent to assassinate the president and get a big cliffhanger ending. The teaser for next time states the next issue will be the conclusion of the story. I have no idea how they’ll pull it off in the allotted pages, but I can’t wait to see it.

Also of note is the introduction of “previously” and “next issue” splashpages for the comics. It’s another 2 pages to showcase the great art of the stories and tease us even further. I’m still not going to do a blow-by-blow of the whole magazine, but let’s hit a few of the highlights. Jimmy Palmiotti interviews Mark Waid in this issue. The two worked together on Gatecrasher (which has been reviewed on this site and you should totally check out). This is two friends talking, and features an interesting set of questions that offer up several funny moments that also give us a look at Waid we don’t see in other interviews. In a book of highlights, the one thing that really stood out was “The Art of Phil Noto” section. It’s just that, several stunning pieces of art peppered with commentary by Noto about his inspirations. You WILL want to buy two issues of this magazine so you can clip out some of these pictures.

One of the best articles this month is from Justin Gray about addiction and teaching karate to dolphins. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome and a great read. You’re going to want to check it out.

Bottom Line: Creator-Owned Heroes continues to impress. It’s one of the best books out there and gets you the most for your comic buying dollar. If they keep this up, they are going to have to coin a term for a comic book magazine like this. We’ve had some before, but this is entirely unique. Momic? Comazine? I don’t know, but if they use one of them I expect 10%. I give this issue a 4.5/5.

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