Friday, June 28, 2013
Reviewing First and Second Issues
Today, a special treat, Lee reviews: Uncanny #1, Bounce #2, Wake #2, and Jupiters Legacy #2
Spoilers abound because I talk plot points. You’ve been warned.
Uncanny #1, written by Andy Diggle, art by Aaron Campbell, published by Dynamite
Briefly: Our hero can absorb memories and knowledge from people by touching them (think Rogue) and uses his skills selfishly until the mob comes to get him.
The Good: It’s a solid setup issue. We’re introduced to the main character, his abilities, and there’s plenty of action as he’s chased around Singapore by the mob.
The Mediocre: The art is fine. Campbell is a better artist than what’s on some of the pages. There are a couple of breaks where either anatomy, or layouts, really break the flow. It’s not offensive but it could be better.
The Bad: The ending. Now if you’ve read the issue I’m sure you going “what’s wrong with the ending?” Technically there’s nothing wrong with the ending but that is the problem. At the end, our hero is saved from the mob and is whisked away by the cute girl on the motorcycle. Nothing wrong with that EXCEPT it’s a bad ending for a first issue. Why? Because, it’s a perfect jumping off point! The story was fine enough but it wasn’t excellent. If it’s not excellent then I need a hook, or a cliffhanger, or something more than watching our hero ride off into the literal sunset to bring me back to for the next issue. If I walk away now there’s no guilt. There’s no sense of ‘I’m gonna miss something’ it’s just an end point. For that reason, I call the ending a fail.
Final Verdict: It’s fine.
, written by Joe Casey, art by David Messina, published by Image Briefly: I got nothing because I don’t have a clue what the heck I just read. I think some kid has superpowers but his friend doesn’t and they might jump around timelines… maybe.
The Good: Casey treats the reader like the adults we are and doesn’t clutter the page with text boxes saying ‘today’, ‘yesterday’, or ‘5 yrs ago.’ It was nice that an author is finally giving us credit for being able to follow a sequential story.
The Mediocre: Messina’s art didn’t offend me.
The Bad: The least bad, far as I can tell, it had a pretty cover that was unrelated to the story inside the book. As for the rest, this is a train wreck. Why? Because this is the second issue so I should be able to pick this up and be able to get the highpoints of the story and enjoy it. Casey jumps right in and just goes. That’s great except with no basis I have no idea who is who or what is going on. Maybe that’s the point, it’s the old “we’re all gonna find out together” shtick. At the end, not did only was I confused but I didn’t care. That’s really bad for a second issue.
Final Verdict: A complete disaster unless you’ve read the first issue.
Wake #2 (of 10), written by Scott Snyder, art by Sean Murphy, published by Vertigo
Briefly: A team of scientists/ explorers deep under the sea capture a mermaid.
The Good: Murphy’s art, as expected, is great. Snyder’s script is tight and moves along quickly. This is how a second issue should read!
The Mediocre: It’s well executed but it feels generic. There are still lots of issues left in the series so it’s probably still setting up but it’s surprisingly average.
The Bad: Nothing.
Final Verdict: If you like missing link monster stories then you will like this.
Jupiters Legacy #2, written by Mark Millar, Art by Frank Quitely, published by Image.
Briefly: Superman analog has rotten 20-something kids and a younger brother with an inferiority complex. Family dysfunction ensues.
The Good: Again, this is how a second issue should read. There’s enough facts/exposition to set the stage and get me involved without overwhelming the overall story. Millar’s script is tight and the plot is setting up nicely. Quitely’s art is awesome as always.
The Mediocre: The ending. Maybe Millar is going to throw us a curve in the next issue or two but the setup seems surprising straightforward. It’s another case of “So the space monkey is really a demon? Really? That’s it? Just a demon?” I expect bigger curves from Millar so I trust this will go where it doesn’t appear to be going.
The Bad: Nothing.
Final Verdict: Although I’m worried the ending might make the overall story generic, I’m betting Millar will take it someplace unexpected. If you thought the briefly sounded good then you will like it.
And the shortest review... Lazarus #1 by Rucka and Lark. Good start which was hampered by expectations. It was all setup to the point of potentially dull. It'll read much better as a trade I am sure.