GLX reviews Joe the Barbarian #8.
Writer - Grant Morrison
Artist - Sean Murphy
Colorist - Dave Stewart
"The hour is come when of the world a graveyard I must make!"
Joe and friends make their last stand against the might King Death with the odds stacked against the lovable heroes. It's been a while since Joe the Barbarian #7 came out, but the eighth and final issue of Joe the Barbarian has hit the stands. Thankfully, the series has a satisfying conclusion.
For those that have read JLA: World War III or Final Crisis, Grant Morrison's handling of characters facing insurmountable odds should seem familiar. Evil forces are powerful and the story's main character(s) must overcome them in an inspiring, yet believable fashion. Morrison slides in some quotable lines about what humanity is capable of, without making the dialogue come across as forced. He still keeps the charm of the world that the character's inhabit; however, it must be noted the most of that is due to Sean Murphy's art.
From grand battles to quiet moments, Murphy's art does not disappoint. His work is inspired and fluid. It's doesn't look as if Murphy relied on photo referencing and his panels aren't static in the less. I would go as far as to say that Murphy trumps Morrison's work, easily. Without Murphy, I doubt that Joe the Barbarian would be as good. Dave Stewart does a wonderful job handling the colors by provide appropriate colors and complimenting Murphy's art nicely.
"No matter how many people you think might you....there's always somebody who cares about you because they've seen you at your best. You're somebody's hero."
Joe the Barbarian #8 isn't Morrison's finest work, but it's still worth a look. Even if Morrison's writing might turn off some folks, there is no denying that Murphy is a rising talent. For those that are waiting for the collected edition, I suggest purchasing it. Imaginative and enjoyable, Joe the Barbarian delights.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX