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The Mercenary Sea 1 (February 2014)

MsThe Mercenary Sea is a perfect example of why computers don’t help comic books and why mixing mediums is dangerous. Matthew Reynolds does his art on a computer, his style is something akin to flash animation. And the comic looks like cels from an animation, with all the life apparently left in the movement.

Kel Symons has some funny lines and funny ideas but not much else. The story takes place in the thirties in the South Pacific. Should be really cool, except none of the characters have any personality, maybe because Reynold’s doesn’t give them movable faces. He also doesn’t illustrate settings well. He thinks everything is about tone and mood.

He’s wrong.

Symons promises big seas adventures, maybe some monsters, maybe some dinosaurs, but who cares? The setting and story are both stock material. Sea hinges it all on Reynold’s artwork and he’s not up for the task.



Nice Work If You Can Get It; writer, Kel Symons; artist and colorist, Mathew Reynolds; letterer, Pat Brosseau; editor, Sebastian Girner; publisher, Image Comics.

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