GLX reviews The Griff GN.
Writers - Christopher Moore and Ian Corson
Artist - Jennyson Rosero
Years ago, Christopher Moore and Ian Corson were writing a screenplay for The Griffin. Then, they forgot all about it, "...because we were doing other stuff and because the movie would never get made because people are weasels and they lie." Fast-forward a bit and Moore tells his publishers that he's interested in writing a graphic novel with a partner. They're fine with it and the rest is history. To be honest, The Griff is a story that should've stayed forgotten.
Moore and Corson's book is lacking on many levels. The plot drags along and the characters bring nothing good to the table. At best, they're stale; at worst, they're downright annoying. Take Steve, the skateboarding slacker. He feels like a guy created with spare parts from old rehashed characters. The "geek gaming goddess" Mo is a mix of fun, sexy and intelligence from the writers' perspecitve; however, she's as two-dimensional as the paper she's printed on. If the script became a movie, it'd be one of those films that SyFy puts out on a regular basis. It's also worth noting that the word "fucksocks" is passed off as a natural word for one to utter during a highly dangerous situation.
Jennyson Rosero's art is a mixed bag, which manages to be passable despite its faults. There are times when the artwork looks nice and there are times it looks like dreck. In fact, from the pencils to the colors, I can safely say that it's generally uneven. I'd go as far as to suggest that others helped Rosero.
Unfortunately, the credits are practically non-existent. I definitely know that Moore and Corson worked on The Griff, since their names get top billing. Hell, they're the only creators with creator blurbs on the graphic novel. Based on my impressions from looking at The Griff, it seems that Rosero gets mentioned just because she worked on the majority of the art. If I were to guess, I'd say that those who assisted Rosero with the art are only mentioned in the Special Thanks section. Even if the art team was revealed in full, I still have no idea who edited or lettered the graphic novel. It's as if the publishers felt that readers mainly care about the writers, instead of the others that worked hard on The Griff. The whole thing is a shame that further tarnishes an already bad work.
In plain terms, The Griff is a hot mess. The script is weak and the art is inconsistent. It's the type of work that would likely be seen from a fledgling company run by those without any experience in crafting sequential art and not something that an imprint of a major book publisher would ever attach their name to. There are other works on the stands that are more deserving of your cash than this.
3* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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