Jul 29, 2015

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 155: Adventurers v.2 #3, April 1988


A short one today. You know in movies where there's the scenes in which the main characters make their way from point A to point B, and in the special edition director's cut (Yes, Peter Jackson, I'm looking at you), that scene seems to take up about half an hour and there's a majestic score, and lots of walking, but really not much else? This issue of Adventurers was like that, only a bit more interesting and less musical. This was a movement issue, getting characters from point A to point B, either in a literal or narrative fashion. The world is fleshed out a bit, the stakes are delineated, but there's not a lot of action, but a lot of interaction.

I have, however, decided that I like the art in the first volume more than the second volume. I noted in my earlier reviews that the art seemed to fluctuate between hyper-real and caricature, and with the original art style, it kind of worked. But with an inker over Burles' pencils, the disparity between the two is far too great, and moments of suspense, in which the caricatured style of solo Burles would have come across as sinister are here faintly ridiculous. That said, it's only issue 3, so perhaps the team is still working out the kinks.

Also, with regard to art, that's a great cover. So very pulp fiction. I love it. See you tomorrow.

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