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RED SPIKE #1
 

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Joey Friday
Review Date: May 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Image Comics

3.3

out of 10

 

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 as tiresome.






 
 



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