GLX reviews Tron: Betrayal.
Plot: Starlight Runner Entertainment
Writer: Jai Nitz
Artists: Jeff Matsuda and Andie Tong
Colorist: Jeff Matsuda and Pete Pantazis
In the original Tron, Kevin Flynn helped save The Grid. In Tron: Legacy, The Grid is a dark realm. What happened in-between the two films? Tron: Betrayal serves as a way to clue to fans and newcomers alike about what went wrong in The Grid. Though Disney claims that this is a prequel to Tron: Legacy, this is more or less Tron 1.5.
The story starts off with a brief recap of Tron. After that, Jai Nitz and Starlight show Flynn struggling with the responsibilities of his life. The conflict between being the overseer of The Grid, a future father and the head of Encom. That all leads to the creation of Clu, a program designed to watch over The Grid. Everything goes downhill from there.
The plot from Starlight Runner Entertainment makes sense; the bulk of the writing falls upon Nitz's shoulders, though. His brief recap of Tron is accessible to readers to have never seen the original film. Now, as far as his scripting is concerned, it's average. Character depth is mainly focused on Flynn and Clu, while the other characters simply act as plot elements.
Jeff Matsuda's art is the highlight of Tron: Betrayal. His art is cartoonish and vibrant, which gives the Tron recap portion of the graphic novel an simple, yet charming look. It might not be to everyone's liking, but it fits Nitz's script. Andie Tong and Pete Pantazis' work matches with Nitz's script, in that it simply gets the job done. For the most part, their work helps to bring Nitz's work to life and nothing more. It would've been interesting to have seen an artist or an art team that could really evoke the transition from the world of Tron to the world of Tron: Legacy. Finding an artist or an art team like that is hard, but that's the reality of Tron: Betrayal's art.
For $10, you get some decent work, with a brief extras section; that sadly lacks the Tron: Betrayal covers from Marvel's serialization. Still, the production quality is nice. If you're a die-hard Tron fan, by all means get this. Everyone else should give this a quick look.
5.8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX