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Gorilla-Man (2010) #2


There’s a little bit of action (in the modern story) at the open of the issue, then it’s a trip down memory lane.

Parker makes the connection between Ken, his past and his current mission rather quickly; I’m glad he didn’t try to keep it for a surprise. He’s able to cover a lot of history here—even though the origin of Gorilla-Man (as a gorilla man) probably won’t be part of it. It’s interesting to see how Parker deals with Ken’s timeline. It seems like if Parker had more issues, he might have just told the story without the frames. It’s solid stuff, the flashback to the thirties and forties.

The issue ends on a soft cliffhanger but it’s a good one.

The Caracuzzo continues to work (it might be better this issue). Though, since it’s Tom Fowler style, why not just get Tom Fowler on the book?

One response to “Gorilla-Man (2010) #2”

  1. Well, when I see an unknown artist on Marvel books, I tend to think “cheaper source of labor.” Fowler is great, but his style and perhaps his page rate aren’t what Marvel wants. It is truly amazing how much plot a good writer like Parker can fit into a single comic, as opposed to a hack like Bendis, who can barely stretch a plot to fill twenty pages of half, full, and double page spreads, as evidenced in the latest New Avengers issue. AND charge a buck more, too. You may want to try looking at Parker’s recent run on Hulk with fellow Atlas alumni Gabe Hardman. While it’s still Hulk, Parker has fun with it, and his deft handling of an ensemble cast make it a perfect “Marvel” read. Also, Hardman is a much better artist than Romita these days. At the vey least, he still does backgrounds.

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