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Really good, but it could have been great.
on November 19, 2016
Good graphic novel. Art was good.... not great... but good. Some of the inking seemed kind of rushed and sloppy. Especially when you look at the faces. The eyes art often slightly off center and the faces are lopsided. Like the artist was thinking while he was drawing (OK. This is "good enough"). The thing is, you can tell the artist has some skills, but the mistakes happen way too often, and it just seems like lazy work. As for the coloring work, the best way I can describe it is a little boring and (I hate to be repetitive) lazy. But it may have been a case of trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Thinking about it further, I realize that artwork looks like someone who's used to drawing an old-school black and white comic series. There's crosshatching in places to darken panels that a comic book writer who's used to working in color would never draw. Maybe an 7.5 on a scale of one to ten when it comes to the artwork.
In general, the writing was much better than the artwork. The concept of people creating, or looking for, beings to virtually worship or act as a representation of that country's beliefs was VERY interesting. However, the appearance of a creature that looked like C'thulu (you'll know it when you see it) was.... silly. There was no reason for it. It wasn't just forced... it was plain stupid. Most of the other characters seemed to represent something. The giant C'thulu monsters? That made no sense.
Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of the writing was excellent. Especially if you get the references: Quatermass, The Six Million Dollar Man and so forth (However, the Lovecraft one was a huge blunder, and frankly kind of dumb, despite the fact that I like most of Lovecraft's writings). It made a scene that should have been horrific into one that was ridiculous.
I will say that the delusional world that the character Jerry Craven lives in is a pretty disturbing method of controlling him. I won't give any more detail than that since it would a bit of a spoiler. The writer REALLY should have spent some time focusing on that. It was really glossed over and I think that was a huge mistake.
Is this book worth buying? Yes. It was very good, but it should have been great. Ironically, I think this comic would make a GREAT movie or mini-series.
Just no giant C'thulu monster. Let's not be silly, now.