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Good but not great debut
on April 4, 2007
Vertigo launches another series. As with most Vertigo series, it reads better in trades then issues. The debut is good but not great, solid storytelling but not exceptional.
In terms of classification, this series is remarkably difficult to put in a single genre of any kind. It doesn't really have the same kind of high concept that a lot of the new Vertigo series do.
The first issue of the series is amazing. After that, the other three issues in the arc seem to lack focus.
The main character of Adam Chamberlain is quite fascinating. It will probably come as a breath of fresh air to many Christians (note that this is coming from someone who has been an agnostic for the better part of a decade) that he doesn't come off as a judgmental bible thumping lunatic. However, in not presenting this side of the American Evangelical movement in depth enough (a passing mention from his "remarkably like Paul and Jan Crouch" parents aside), the series weakens itself at the start. As the story arc goes on, Adam ends up a much less clear person. The good side of this would be that he shows the ambiguity of every person, the bad side is that he does seem muddled at times.
Seagle's story is not exceptional. Coming from the guy who co-wrote Sandman Mystery Theatre and who wrote House of Secrets, It's a Bird and a very underrated Superman run, it is a bit disappointing.
Becky Cloonan's art steals the show. It brings out the nuance of character while not getting in to the flashiness of a lot of other comic artists. Her art is one of the shining stars of Vertigo right now
However, for ten dollars you could do a lot worse. So it gets a recommendation if you have the extra money.