The Scourge #4 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 6.5
Art 7.5
Value    
Total 7.0
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Release Date: 16/02/2011
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

7.0


The Scourge #4

The Scourge is almost what Iíd call a guilty pleasure comic. Everything about it is very similar to any B-movie disaster or action flick youíve seen with characters that arenít very deep and well developed and a storyline you could probably predict the whole way through after only reading the first few pages. Now while all that sounds like it should work against The Scourge it doesnít. Thereís something to its simplicity and mindless action that makes it an enjoyable and quick read.

 The virus that turns ordinary people into mindless monsters hell-bent on killing others is spreading through Manhattan like wildfire. While danger is everywhere the one thing on NYPD cop Jon Griffinís mind is finding his son and getting the hell out of dodge. Jon tracks his son down to the theatre where he is with the rest of his class, but the creatures tormenting Manhattan are everywhere so Jon needs to find his son fast.

Reading The Scourge #3 youíll recognize a lot of the beats in the story. Completely spoiling the story would be wrong, but when you read it youíll understand. That ability to pre-empt the story is also some of the fun. It feels so familiar yet until it happens youíre never quite sure and could always be surprised by the unexpected.  

Jon is joined is his struggle by his sonís teacher and to be honest she can be a little annoying. Sheís that character who never seems to listen when told something yet her inability to listen is somehow helpful as she ends up tagging along for the ride. Jon is also joined by a maniac cab driver, so like most action and disaster flicks we have a nice little group dynamic going on. It was also kind of cool listening to Jon explain that if he wasnít stuck in Manhattan he would have no qualms with it being blown up, heís a realist who understands the seriousness of the situation but screw it all if it means heís going to die in the process.  

The Scourge is never short on action and issue 3 is very much the same. Jon never misses an opportunity to showcase how much of a badass he is, disposing of infected with ease and in true action film style there are a few explosions and car chases as well that are all drawn and colored very well.  

A lot of The Scourge #3 depends on your love of popcorn action flicks that are low on characterization and story, but high on guns and explosions. The story is familiar, almost predictable but that means itís an easy almost fun read that offers pure action bliss without masses of confusing dialogue and plot points. A guilty pleasure thatís worth a pick-up for some explosive fun.    






 
 



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