Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Dame Darcy (Cobweb), Jim Baikie (F.A.), Rick Veitch (Greyshirt), Hilary Barta (Splash Brannigan)
Colors: Bad@$$, Jeromy Cox (Splash)
Lettering: Todd Klein
Cover date: February 2001
COBWEB: Farewell, My Lullabye
A strange fairy-tale princess wants Cobweb to solve a mystery crime. The investigations take place in a realm where we meet some well-known and some not-so-well-known creatures from different fairy tales.
Well this was a mazy story, I didn't get it. The art by Dame Darcy (looking deliberately amateurish) is also not my cup of tea. So I better stick to Bill Willingham's Fables if I want to read stories of that kind.
The Origin of the FIRST AMERICAN
This is Troy Todd's (aka First American) origin story and it's pretty weird. Born as an unintentional child, his parents catapulted him into the air and he landed in a science lab, where he's irradiated by accident. Later, his parents get shot, he gets genetically manipulated, and so on...
Lots of references to the famous origin storys of Spider-Man, Batman and many others. The more you recognize, the bigger the fun is.
GREYSHIRT: The Musical!
Oh yes! Greyshirt, the musical. All singing and dancing. You have to imagine the music for yourself, but you get rhymes, stage design and choreography in this strip.
This is a nice idea, and almost all the characters from previous Greyshirt stories are appearing on stage.
SPLASH BRANNIGAN: Splash of Two Worlds!
Splash is attending a science fair and testing a new duplicator-gun which is not yet completely developed. As a result, he creates a negative copy of himself - a white Splash, talking in a white font in black word balloons. The two Splashs are starting a fight which spans over a few pages, accompanied with some nice color effects.
Not really bad, but nonetheless I'm looking forward to Jack B. Quick's return into the pages of this anthology.
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