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John Romita Jr. has always been my favorite of the new wave of young artists who came up in the late 80's and early 1990's. While others may have been flashier than he, Romita always had the superior story-telling skills. Romita knows how to pace a story and didn't have to rely on doing 24 pages of pin-ups. In "The Gray Area", John's ability to pace and panel a story is on dramatic display as he's joined by long-time inker Klaus Janson. "The Gray Area's" plot of redemption isn't especially original but Romita and writer Glen Brunswick work in so many different elements to the story that the reader is kept guessing about how the story will unfold.
The story begins as a gritty, NY crime drama as we meet Rudy Chance, a womanizing narcotics cop who is working both sides of the law. His partner Patty is clean, but he protects Rudy's secrets anyway, knowing at heart he is still a good man. When Chance crosses a drug lord, his wife and son are killed and Chance is devastated. Months later he draws his partner in for revenge on the man who killed his family but Chance is double-crossed and is killed while Patty is left in a coma. But this is only the beginning of the story as Chance soon realizes he's dead and encounters a man named Jordan (and is that a nod to the 1940's film, Here Comes Mr. Jordan?). Jordan takes chances to the world that is in-between Heaven and Hell. It is here where most souls go and receive their final chance at redemption in order to move onto Heaven. Here, greedy real estate salesmen must now help these souls find homes, and so on...
Chance is given his opportunity for salvation by joining the Gray Watch, sort of the police force of the realm.Read more ›
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