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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Stephen Day » Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:53 pm

What's the pick for this week?
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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby guitarsmashley » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:25 pm

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:This was a decent issue from a decent series. I see a lot of ranting and raving about this, but I don't really see what all the hoppla is about. It's a good enough story, and the characters are pretty good, but I don't know that it will be all that memorable when it's over. It seems like it would work well as one solid story in a series or anthology.

It's difficult to judge the sixth issue in a seven issue mini, as we obviously get no resolution from it. It was okay and moved the story along to the climax, and I'll be reading the next issue, but it was unremarkable.

Unremarkable also describes the art in this series. It's not bad, but I don't think it really works for horror.

I don't find this all that scary.

Story: 5
Art: 5
Subtotal: 5
Nothing to add: +0
Overall: 5


We've established you have slightly worse taste than punchy.
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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby SilverPhoenix » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:10 pm

I'll pick on Monday.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:39 am

guitarsmashley wrote:
We've established you have slightly worse taste than punchy.


Because I rated something average as average? Oooh, he's a pedo cannibal! Oh look, a headstrong youth has misconceptions about his father and sets himfself up for disappointment! As I said, it's a decent effort, I just don't see what stands out about it. It's like a million other horror stories.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby guitarsmashley » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:03 am

S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Because I rated something average as average? Oooh, he's a pedo cannibal! Oh look, a headstrong youth has misconceptions about his father and sets himfself up for disappointment! As I said, it's a decent effort, I just don't see what stands out about it. It's like a million other horror stories.


No there are way more things than just this...Dare I talk about anything written by bendis.
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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:13 am

guitarsmashley wrote:
No there are way more things than just this...Dare I talk about anything written by bendis.


I think you were molested by a cannibal as a child. It's the only way to explain you being "scared" by this. Show us on the doll where he bit you.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby DeadFett » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:34 am

My LCS was out of this went I was there yesterday so I won't be able to review this week.
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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Amoebas » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:22 am

DeadFett wrote:My LCS was out of this went I was there yesterday so I won't be able to review this week.

Same deal here (for the second week in a row).

With Indies, the lcs I frequent orders just enough for Wed & Thu, but zilch for Sat & Sun when I can get there.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Stephen Day » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:50 pm

SilverPhoenix wrote:I'll pick on Monday.


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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Eli Katz » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:32 pm

Aiming to pick this up Wednesday. Yeah, a week lake. Bite me, Yoni. I haven't had time to go to my LCS.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby guitarsmashley » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:36 pm

Eli Katz wrote:Aiming to pick this up Wednesday. Yeah, a week lake. Bite me, Yoni. I haven't had time to go to my LCS.


but you've had time to poop? For shame.
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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Eli Katz » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:36 am

guitarsmashley wrote:
but you've had time to poop? For shame.

A man's gotta have priorities.

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby guitarsmashley » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:12 am

who are you kidding, I know you poop like a rabbit.
doombug wrote:You really are the george carlin of the outhouse. that's fucking hilarious.


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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby Eli Katz » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:30 am

Well, I eat like a rabbit, so ... :outhouse:

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Re: New Review Group Week 9 - SEVERED #6

Postby SilverPhoenix » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:06 pm

Severed #6


Introduction:

When it comes to graphic storytelling medium, one of (if not the hardest) storytelling genres to translate has to be the Horror Genre. From where I sit, the biggest problem isn’t the quality of the stories (as there have been many from the past 3 years alone), but the translation of the feeling of sheer and utter fear is harder to bring across on a medium that relies on static pictures instead of moving ones. However, the one that has served the genre well in recent times has been the absolutely strong plot and character driven writing that has severed to make a number of these books transcend the genre to become classics in their own right. Can Severed #6 serve as yet another landmark as this story makes its case for that status? The answer is a very empathetic yes.


Writing:

Over the past 2 years, Scott Snyder has become one of the fastest rising stars, using his sometimes unbelievable skills to not only tell good stories, but to create worlds that people want to get invested in, something that “Severed” accomplished with me the minute I leaned that it would take place amidst World War I and one of the purest “land of opportunity” periods that the United States ever experienced. In fact, I was so hooked on that part of the premise that the one aspect of the book that disappointed me was the fact that the horror story took so much precedence over the story of traveling over an America where it was easy to erase your past life. However, over the 4 subsequent issues from Issue #1, Snyder and Tuft have been able to not only to sate my appetite for a story across an America where the rules of society are still being written, but have been able to bring the wonder and horrors hidden within that wonder closer together. What makes this particular chapter so special is that both the freedom of the times and the horror aspects finally come together as Jack is finally near his goal. As the pages go along, our main character learns the situation that he finds himself in and how his ambitions may have been manipulated to reach this point. With their goal in their sights, the writers pace this chapter nearly perfectly, as they make every word spoken (and written) leap off the page, with fully fleshed out characters you have truly grown to care about the over the previous 5 Chapters. The end result is not only another win for Scott Snyder, but a growing curiosity to see what Scott Tuft can do on his own.


Art:

For as much as I praise Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft’s writing and plotting skills, I can say without reservation, that this title wouldn’t be anywhere near as strong without the art team that helps to bring the ideas of their writers to life. With this issue being the climax of the story, the art team uses the opportunity to ratchet up the horror atmosphere up to 11. From the cover to the last page, Futaki uses every last drawing of the characters and backgrounds to set the tone and mood this story masterfully portrays. Not to be left to its own devices, Guilhaumond’s skillful use of multiple color tones, give each environment its own personality, something that gives the final sequence in this comic the true horror feel that many comics of this type miss, adding yet another layer to an already densely layered work. Finally, the letter work of Fonograpfiks must also be praised, as the font used for the recap and letters page give this book another layer of authenticity that helps to make this book feel like it is from that romantic, adventurous and dangerous era. When all is said and done, there isn’t a piece of the art that feels rushed or phoned in, giving this book a polish that I wish more had.


The Final 22 Cents:

Over the past 6 months, “Severed” has proven to be one of my favorite reads. Its stunning visuals, gripping characters and engaging story have helped this experience remain near the top of the pile month in and month out. With only the last chapter to go, I can safely say that every week we get closer to that conclusion is every week my hype for it builds and builds. If you haven’t started reading this story yet, do yourself a favor and hunt down the past 5 issues if at all possible so you can partake in the finale next month. If that’s not possible, then look for the trade that’s sure to come sooner or later. “Severed” will most certainly prove to be worth the money.


The Verdict

Writing: 9.5
Art: 10
Accessibility: 8

Final Judgment: 9.5

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