Wednesday, August 27, 2014


TRIPLE HELIX (IDW, 2014; Softcover)

Collects Triple Helix Nos. 1-4 (cover dates October, 2013- January, 2014)

Writer and Artist: John Byrne

Colorist: Len O'Grady

Where Willard ends, Ben begins. I'm sorry, I meant where Trio ends, Triple Helix begins. Is this the start of a Byrne superhero universe? Like Astro City, these characters are all doppelgangers for various established Marvel and DC superheroes with a smattering of new ideas. That's not a knock, as I miss Byrne tackling superhero stuff. Byrne's artwork is tight and polished and the story flows smoothly. I enjoy the third person narrative, something of a lost art these days. Whether this cliffhanger continues in Trio or Triple Helix or something else altogether remains to be seen, but I'll be there with cash in fist regardless. TAKE MY MONEY!
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.25 out of 5.

The OCD zone- All of the covers are collected in the back of the book in a cover gallery rather than inserted as chapter markers. I dislike this practice. Your mileage may vary. All four standard covers are an interlocking image and are presented across two pages.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: All four Subscription variants in black and white and in color. (8 pages)
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Really nice thick coated stock paper with a slight sheen.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Perfect bound trade paperback.

Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. Waxlike lamination, decent and resistant to scuffing.

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