Synopsis: Matt Cutler and Greg Dane are super
soldiers. By manipulating their adrenaline glands, they’re able to
hit and kill harder than the average soldier. The only problem is
their ability to survive under pressure.
The cover is pretty cool. The hard outline of a
man’s face in an orange and yellow explosion is intense. The
helicopter adds to the picture, rather than distracts it. Plus, the
two guys charging or falling into battle is bound to help fanboys
decide whether or not they want to flip through this comic.
Some people might consider this story a good
read. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed. The art didn’t draw me
in that much. There’s a lot of gray, khaki, brown, grayish-blue,
grayish-green, and a smothering of black going on. I’m not asking
for the comic to look like a rainbow. But the continuous use of
mundane colors isn’t appealing. The backgrounds are also bland too.
They lack detail. It makes things look as interesting as the inside
as a modern office building. Salvador Navarro and Ifansyah Noor are
the artists (penciller and colorist, respectively). They need to
work on making this story appear more gripping. The bland coloring
is bound to turn many off.
Salvador Navarro’s art needs work too. For one
thing, the facial expressions of his characters are basically
nonexistent. Sure, he can make clenched teeth and have his
characters squint, but for the most part, the characters all have
the same blank expressions. It doesn’t matter if there’s explosions
or blood going on, the characters always look bored, as if they are
tired of being in the book. For instance, when Cutler and Dane are
parachuting, they’ve got the same blank expressions. They’ve got the
same expressions when there is an explosion, or when they’re
fighting. Hell, I’d be willing to be they’d have the same expression
when they’re having sex, or when they’re being sliced in two.
Nothing can make Cutler and Dane, or any other character for that
matter, lose their cool. Now that’s admirable.
I could also gripe about the stiffness of the
characters, how their poses seem so rigid. But I won’t. I’ll just
briefly explain why the story didn’t thrill me. Super soldiers
aren’t an original concept. That doesn’t need to be explained; nor
is it Jeff Cahn’s fault for putting out something unoriginal. His
fault was the stilted script and the predictable characters. Of
course, there’s the hot chick involved with the two guys. There’s
also the murky guy in the background in charge of the whole
operation. There’s also the formulaic use of having the lead
characters dispatch dozens of guys without breaking a sweat. Hell, I
don’t even think Cutler or Dane had a hang nail.
All in all, with the boring art and the formulaic
script, I cannot recommend this to someone looking for something
new. This story is far from creative. I wonder if an artist with a
better range would have helped make it better. Possibly. However,
I’m certain the storys predictability would have made the story just