Dark Avengers: Ares #1
Damn you Gillen. Damn you for writing an entertaining book despite aping not only Patton but the Right Stuff. Despite writing a weak marine narrative and playing off stereotypes that make the film version of Jarhead seem authentic. Damn you for taking what should be a throw away book and making it just compelling enough to keep me reading and damn you for letting it all unravel into an unadulterated mess before dropping a hint of a great idea (Ares and his Batshit Crazy Marine vs. Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors) in the cliff hanger ending.
As annoying as the story is for walking the line between meaningless chaotic drivel and brilliant high octane insanity, the art is even more so. Multiple inkers and Garcia's apparent lack of strong design wander even further from great cohesive and consistent art. However, they somehow find a way to convey the amalgam of random violence that is war, the sinister countenance of Norman is nailed and the art is just stylistic enough for me to take note (and not hate).
Damn you Ares, as much as I wanted to hate you, I have to admit you were entertaining and off kilter.
Story - 7
Art - 7
Overall - 7
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman