Dominic Fortune (EPUB)
Dominic Fortune (EPUB)
Nobody could claim this eturn to one of his early creations is any kind of departure for Chaykin A wise cracking Jewish American hard man Golden Age Hollywood an abiding hatred for Nazis and corrupt businessmen and of course plenty of pneumatic dames who even when they Lets Be Just Friends (Just Friends, re out to destroy our hero aren t averse to a spot of mutually agreeable filth with him along the way Hell this isn t even the first time I ve seen Chaykin engineer a team up with FDR against fiendish fifth columnists But sod it the man who is tired of watching debonair menschen kill fascists is tired of life Also included are a couple of early Chaykin stories including Fortune s debut and a longer piece with which he was not involved The latter is a fairly standard piece of noir perhaps a little too zealous in checking off its Marveleferences I m pretty sure I only ever use the term dames with eference to Howard Chaykin comics but there no other word seems to fit When Chaykin is on as he is especially in the title story he s pretty great I ve been a fan of Fortune since the 80s and it was great to see him once again punching Nazis and gambling away his income My ating is eally for the first story line and not so much the three additional story lines at the end Those were varied in their uality but also appeared in different decades so judging them by the same yardstick would be sillyI liked a Howard Chaykin book What Usually I find his art in the same category of Robert Crumb I see the merit and artistic value but I don t like it Here I think that there were actually enough differences between the characters to be distinguishable Sometimes I feel like in the other stories I ve ead with him the characters all start to look the sameI think that the fact that this book featured nudity and sex actually helped with the enjoyment Not because the sex and nudity are a turn on but because his art eally seems to suggest a base desires kind of feel and when it s toned down to be all ages it feels lacking So having characters actually talk about things like anal sex gives it the ight sensuality that his art needsThe writing itself is an updated pulp feel I would love to see a Dominic Fortune short in the Marvel Universe He would have to be during WWII after Cap goes missing The nods to all the different Marvel characters were subtle but obvious enough for fans that they. The depression's going strong so when Dominic Fortune is hired to bodyguard Jock Madison Vaughn Lorillard and PT Oakley three drunk and disorderly Hollywood stars he jumps at the chance to pick up what looks like a few easy bucks and maybe have.
Added just a hint of some of the cool stuff to come I ve always held a soft spot for Dominic Fortune I loved Chaykin s art on his adventures as well as his action packed stories and witty dialogueAnd Chaykin s always better when he s not constrained by the mass market soft pedalling The first story in this collection is proof of that A great story The second one is a very generic bland thing that just sits on the page with no snap It s not Chaykin and that s obvious The est tick along nicely and the last one is obviously the mass market colour comics because it s mostly de fangedBut all in all a good collection A melange of comics featuring Chaykin s oguish 30 s adventurer The new story is eadable enough but lacks the joie de vivre of the strips produced in the 70s A second tale written by Dean Motter is a good adventure tale but the protagonist bears no elationship physically or in personality to the titular hero and overplays the trope of bringing in ancestors of modern day Marvel heroes The next two stories a eprint of Dom s first bw appearance and his appearance in MARVEL PREMIERE are examples of Dom in his prime but badly formatted for this edition meanwhile the full color strips which appeared in RAMPAGING HULK are sadly absent and emain uncollected The subtitle on this collection of Howard Chaykin s ecent Fortune series is It Can Happen Here and Now and while that most obviously efers to the time in the story the late 30s Chaykin is clearly also eferring to the present with characters making pointed comments about how if fascism comes to America it will do so via eligious zealotryHe doesn t spend a whole lot of time on that though mostly he s telling big pulp adventure and since he s doing it via Marvel s MAX line it s outside the Marvel Universe proper and he s free to go R ated as he likely wasn t in the 1970s when he created the character for Marvel Premiere And since Chaykin does love his pulp it turns out to be a lot of fun A little ushed in the end I wonder a bit if he had initially been planning a 5 or 6 issue miniseries and had to cram everything into four but uite a good time I wouldn t be surprised if Fortune was a character Disney exploits before some of the obvious ones Touchstone and Bruckheimer could make a fun movie with thisThe back of the book is also filled out with some eprints of Chaykin s 70. A few laughs in the bargain But when the trio of old school hambones and horndogs prove to be a bigger pain than he anticipated and he accidentally stumbles across a conspiracy headed by mysterious American businessman Malcolm Upshaw and Delat.
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S work and some comics by other creators that an on Marvel s website firmly establishing that version of Dominic Fortune as being part of the Marvel Universe s history Even tho Chaykin still has it as a top ate story teller this collection invites comparisons with the early part of his career and accidentally highlights that perhaps he is currently taking the easy outeThe last two stories of the book are from the mid 70searly 80s and show Fortune as a ough and eady soldier of fortune with not only uick changes in plot but plenty of thrills and action with leaps spills and explosions on nearly every page of these 15 page stories the most ecent Fortune series which takes 4 issues features Fortune ferrying some drunk actors past their heyday around clubs and events and includes a page of walking down the hallThe earlier stories also feature what Chaykin is best at dynamic page design with vignetted closeups dense perspective and plenty of action all of which is sorely lacking in his most ecent stories Sometimes creators should not eturn to their creations and in this case that applies to Howard Chaykin The lead story is a new Dominic Fortune tale but there is no Sabbath Raven the conspiracy to overthrow FDR feels forced and frankly Dom seems to have lost his sense of fun The second tale is a Dominic Fortune story that was serialized in Astonishing Tales and writer Dean of Mr X fame Motter turns in a nice pulp flavored tale But Motter doesn t write Dominic Fortune it could have been any 1930s adventurer Motter does tip his hat to Marvel Comics WWII continuity The last two stories are eprints of previous Chaykin Dominic fortune stories and these give a new eader a better taste of the swashbuckling fun that was Dominic Fortune A fun set of stories predominately from the pen of Howard Chaykin Nice book showing Chaykin s progress as a writer and artist But seeing as it is printed starting with the new stuff then slowly going back in time should I be calling this a de volution Too early in the morning my brain hasn t fully woken up yetAlso a good show on the evolution of story telling art and printing uality of graphic novels over the last few decenies Nice to see some art that was originally printed on yesterday s cheap newsprint being shown on today s glossy paperImight have to take a look see at other Marvel MAX collected books. Riz Betancourt the ecklessly sexy granddaughter of Confederates who fled Reconstruction for South America Fortune finds himself in hot water with the fate of the USA at stake Collects Dominic Fortune #1 4 and Dominic Fortune Digital Comic #1
Howard Victor Chaykin is an American comic book artist and writer