2017 12 09 Graveland 2

"Graveland #1 & #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Scout Comics

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Written by Massimo Rosi
Illustrated by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez
Colored by Marco Pagnotta
2017, $3.99 Each

Review:

After a huge earthquake tears open the San Andreas fault, a bunch of giant monsters pour out to terrorize the planet. The United States deploys a group of super soldiers to combat this threat. Will they be enough to keep these creatures at bay?

Graveland is an unpredictable comic. You may think it's going one direction and then it abruptly pivots and takes the story to an entirely different place. Writer Massimo Rosi takes time to establish this world and show just how deadly these monsters are. The world is absolutely devastated by these attacks. The comic opens with a major American landmark in ruins and that's just the beginning. These first few pages are presented without dialogue or narration, which lets Gabriel Ibarra Nunez's artwork really sink in. There is no hope here.

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After we get our bearings, Graveland jumps right into the action. At first you might think that a few super soldiers wouldn't be enough to fight a bunch of bigass monsters, but you'd be wrong. Nunez's work is up there with the super hero stuff coming out of the Big Two publishers. The action is exciting and on an epic scale.

The only issue with some of these sequences is that it can be tough to get a real lay of the land. I couldn't tell how many soldiers were on the field or which one was doing what. The same is true for the monsters they were fighting. It all looks cool, but it is hard to get a firm grasp on exactly what was going on at times.

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This changes a bit in the second issue as we focus more on one particular soldier, Anon. He's a strong but rebellious clone. He would have remained in suspended animation, but the government is desperate, so they send him out in the field. His story is very intriguing and it looks to become the center of Graveland. His mind is fractured, struggling to deal with the memories of his violent past and the harsh reality of today.

If the Re-Animator created Captain America to fight the monsters from Pacific Rim, you'd have Graveland. This is blockbuster movie level action that's blended with crazy kaiju fun. If this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

Grades:

Story: Fourstars Graveland 1 Cover
Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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