The first half of the issue is a whole lot better than the second half. The second half has our hero–called Big Man in the letter pages–enduring a whole bunch of torture. Page after page of it. Powell goes from drawing five or six panels a page to three. He doesn’t do backgrounds. He’s going for emphasis.
Being tortured is bad. I’m not sure what other lesson the reader’s supposed to get from the second half of the issue. Except maybe to appreciate Big Man’s toughness–except the reader is rooting for him already, the reader isn’t happy about Powell and Wiesch’s script requiring Big Man to be really dumb.
It’s an okay issue. I want it to be better, because the series will probably go on just fine, it’s just not a good comic. It’s an okay comic–wasted pages in an otherwise good limited series. Hopefully
Writers, Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch; artist and letterer, Powell; publisher, Image Comics.