Punchy wrote:The Mice Templar Volume II: Destiny #1 - Untitled - Glass, Oeming, Santos and Gandini
Story - OK, this definitely will be a short one, because I really don't have much to say. This was a fine comic, solidy plotted, and there's a lot of attention payed to a what seems like a fascinating back-story and world that Glass and Oeming have created but... since I have not read the first mini-series I was pretty much totally lost. This is like jumping into the Two Towers without reading the Fellowship of the Ring, like the Empire Strikes Back without Star Wars, I'm not getting the full story and as such my appreciation of this book is a lot smaller than it probably should be. If I was a better comics fan, nay, a better person, I would have read the first series, and like this a lot more, but alas... It's only OK. Perhaps I should blame the book for not having enough exposition for a new reader, but really, there was plenty, we learn about Karic's family, his fake mentor Pilot, and his new one, and the overall plot of the puppet Mouse King. I just didn't feel like it affected me, it just seemed like standard hero's quest stuff, shades of Star Wars really. It's my own fault, not Glass'
The idea of Mice and other forest creatures in a Fantasy/Medieval setting is nothing new, there's some of it in Narnia, I used to love the Redwall novels of Brian Jacques when I was a kid, and in a bit of a Bug's Life/Antz situation, David Peterson's Mouse Guard has recently enjoyed a lot of success, but I think Mice Templar is different from these, because of the violence, this isn't cutesy animals having fun adventures, this is brutal Conan-esque stuff, but just with Mice. It was refreshing to see, and very unexpected, the opening flashback fightscene and the Owl splashpage were particularly hardcore.
So in the end, I don't know if I can feel comfortable giving this a score, I am reviewing pretty much blind. I will say that it did make me interested in checking out the first series in trade, but if you aren't familiar with the world of Mice Templar, best to start at the beginning.
Art - I'm a big fan of Mike Oeming, his Powers work is exceptional, and his opening 8 pages here are pretty great too. He's a bit of a chameleon, and here he eschews his Bruce Timm/Alex Toth style and gives us angular mice hacking the shit out eachother, it's impressive. Victor Santos does the rest of the art, and to be honest, I didn't really notice much of a transition, he does a capable job of emulating the tone Oeming sets.
Best Line - When the Owls come swooping down '... To send us your aid as you promised!'
I score this a 6/10 but if I get round to the first mini, that will probably go up, the low score doesn't reflect the book, but me.
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