"Graveland #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Scout Comics
Written by Massimo Rosi
Illustrated by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 28th, 2018
Los Angeles is under siege by giant monsters and only the super soldier Amon can stop them. He's being pulled in two different directions though. The leader of these forces is openly taunting him, challenging him to combat while these monstrous forces are destroying the city.
Graveland has reached blockbuster movie level action with some gorgeous artwork from Gabriel Ibarra Nunez. I just can't really understand what the heck is going on. The story has gotten rather convoluted as conspiracy and espionage are mixed in with everything else. There's clearly more to Amon's history and his connection to these creatures. That path is through muddy waters and it's tough to totally comprehend or appreciate what's happening.
This is unfortunate because there are some truly epic sequences at work here. One man, albeit one with superhuman abilities, is waging an all out war against monsters that stand several stories tall...and he's holding his own. Amon uses a mixture of tactics, including melee weapons and explosives to dispatch the kaiju. This is still not enough as the monsters continue marching forward, decimating anything and anyone in their path.
Nunez's artwork has a grim and gritty feel to it, but not in the way those terms tend to be overused in today's comics. You can feel the dirt and grime that covers Amon as he soldiers on. This is what happens when you're in a war zone against an enemy like this. You can feel every single impact, whether it's Amon slicing through a monster's torso or a beast hurling his body into a building like a rag doll.
Graveland has the look and feel of the Bourne Identity mixed with Godzilla. It just comes up short on the story side. There's a decent plot in here, but it takes some digging to understand just what is at work here.