Saturday, September 21, 2013


STITCHED VOL. 2 (Avatar Press, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Stitched Nos. 8-13 (cover dates August, 2012- March, 2013)
Writer: Mike Wolfer
Artist: Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Colorist: Digikore Studios

Dare I say it, but I enjoyed this as much if not more than Volume 1. While Furukawa's artwork isn't as polished as Mike Wolfer's was in Volume 1 (issues 1-7), I found the story to be maybe a bit more cohesive than the Wolfer/Ennis collaboration on Volume 1. Maybe I am just more comfortable with the premise this time around, or maybe the change of locales was a breath of fresh air. Either way, this was like an ancient black magic cursed Jurassic Park.
A wealthy collector offers to buy the half dozen remaining “stitches”, as they are called. As he is discussing terms with the seller, he informs the seller that he is well aware of what they are and how they became what they are. We get the full scoop on them in this arc, as well as a helluva surprise toward the end.
As is the case with all Avatar Press titles, this is over the top in terms of gore and violence, but what do you expect? All ages reading this is not, and I am happy for that. While I believe that superhero comics which have toys marketed to children should be accessible to all ages, I have no such compunctions about Stitched. It's not like my son is begging me to buy him a Stitched lunch box at Target.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Like Ferals, Volume 1 was offered as a hardcover and a softcover. Like Ferals, this series suffers the same fate of not having a hardcover offered because of low sales. Thanks a lot, stupid comic book buying public! You scurry around like rats for 3D covers but can't buy Stitched in hardcover. Thanks to you clowns not buying more copies of Volume 1, my shelf now suffers with a softcover following a hardcover. I lay awake at night, counting the rotations of my ceiling fan, asking myself Why does God hate me?
DVD-style Extras included in this book: A cover gallery in the back of the book with the following variant covers-
Stitched No. 9 Gore variant
Stitched No. 3 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 4 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 5 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 6 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 7 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 8 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 9 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 10 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 11 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 12 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 13 wraparound cover
Stitched No. 11 Gore variant
Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Decent weight glossy coated stock paper. It works for modern material.
Binding rating: 4.5 out of 5. Sewn binding on a softcover? Yes please.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. A nice thick, waxlike laminated coating on the cardstock cover.

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