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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #15

Written by GLX on Saturday, August 07 2010 and posted in Reviews

GLX takes a look at three Tsunami titles (first issues to be exact) in this week's edition of The Spinrack: Retro Reviews.

Namor #1(2003)

In the early 1920's, a girl named Sandra met a strange, young boy in the Pacific northwest. That boy's name? Namor. Bill Jemas is credited with the plot and it's laughable. While on the surface, no one ever questions why Namor is nude. Even when he's in the water, he remains nude. He gets more modest clothing, though. Also, Atlantis lacks any wonder. It just comes across as just another kingdom under the sea.

Andi Watson has been known for some good work over the years, but his dialogue didn't make things work. It goes with the flow of the plot, but lacks any energy to it. Salvador Larroca's work isn't bad, but it isn't good. J.D. Smith's didn't really grab me as a reader. Originally, Mizuki Sakakibara was listed as the artist for Namor. For some reason, she was replaced with Larroca. It's a shame because she would've been a better fit, than Larroca and crew. This comic was originally sold for 25 cents. Frankly, it's not even worth that. Avoid it.

4.4* out of 10*

Sentinel #1(2003)

Juston Seyfert is a high school sophmore that lives in Antigo, Wisconsin. One day, he finds an unusual control chip. What he doesn't realize is that it's from something big. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of this comic. After re-reading this issue, I still dig it; but there are some flaws. Some of the scenes seem a bit forced at times. Still, characters like Juston and Jessie are well-rounded characters. UDON Studios handled the art chores and it's done in a manga-inspired style. It may not be for everyone, but the line work and colors look sharp to me.

7.7* out of 10*

Venom #1(2003)

Robertson is a communications specialist in the United States Army; however, she's been handling simple errands in northern Canada. A weird and gruesome discovery will lead her life (and the lives of others) into some strange territory. Daniel Way's characters have nothing going for them. They're the type of characters that could meet a vicious and horrible fate; yet they're so weak that no one would care. The art team of Francisco Herrera, Carlos Cuevas, and Studio F produced some weak art. I can see how some people might like Herrera's pencils, but they do nothing for me. I also feel that Studio F's color work could have been better.

4.8* out of 10*

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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers about comics, video games, and other stuff. He currently resides in The South. You can catch him in the forums or @glxwriter on Twitter.



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