Friday, January 27, 2012

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1

Review by Nick Ahlhelm

While New Pulp has taken the book world by storm in the last couple years, it seems strange that only Moonstone Books has really focused their publishing line on to a series of great pulp books. Unfortunately that seems to be the case, with only an occasional pulp title popping up from other publishers. Thankfully, Moonstone at least gives us solid fare.
The latest of these is Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1, a rather wordy title for a fun little action book. Written by New Pulp’s own Mike Bullock and drawn by Ben Hansen, “Maiden Voyage” is a fun little read mostly set aboard a Nazi dirigible.

The story revolves around a rescue mission that leads to a team up between the Black Angel and the updated version of the Bald Eagle. They are after a maguffin called the Ion Emitter, apparently taken by the Nazis along with a hostage. Eagle and Angel rescue the hostage from the Nazis and their leader, the old Airboy foe Valkyrie (apparently before her later reformation).

After a daring rescue attempt aboard the dirigible, the story of course moves in to some aerial action which leads to a solid ending that still leaves room open for future tales.
Bullock provides a solid fun script and for the most part Hansen handles the work ably. Unfortunately, Hansen’s action sequences tend to get a bit muddied as the book continues and the black & white art can occasionally make it hard to tell which lovely lady is which. None of these compare to the biggest hindrance to the story however: a missing page 16 that just reprints the previous page.

Still the lack of color and even the misprint don’t take away from the fun of the full length tale. For only $3.50 for 26 comic pages, even in black & white this comic is a deal.
Wrapped in a cover by Franchesco, Airboy Presents Air Vixens is now available through your local comic shop.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, wish I could agree with that last statement, but I just can't. I expect black and white comics to cost much less than $3.50 - and to come from small independent companies. Not from a ten year outfit like Moonstone. Moonstone started out doing all full color comics. This shift to black and white is evident of their struggling economic situation in the marketplace and really doesn't help them regain lost ground.

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