blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

C.O.W.L. (2014) #6

C O W L  6

It’s a gimmick issue, with artist Elsa Charretier filling in. The comic is supposed to be a licensed biography of the Grey Raven from 1962. The best part of the gimmick–conceptually, not in execution–is the sixties advertisements for other modern Image Comics. The ads don’t come off, but the idea is cute.

The big problem with the issue is the disconnect between it being an official biography of a character and what it actually conveys to the reader. The Grey Raven discovers his father isn’t just a corrupt cop, but an actual bank robber. There’s no character development, since Higgins and Siegel are doing their version of a sixties comic… no character development, no subtlety.

It’s a reductive gimmick and doesn’t offer much. It’s still a competent enough outing and Charretier fits the gimmick perfectly. She doesn’t have much detail or compositional ingenuity.

It’s passable, if remarkably unambitious.

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