by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Howard Chaykin
Published: January 2012
This series is a love/hate relationship for me. I love the concept. Much like Gotham by Gaslight or other similar ‘back in time’ series it is very fun to create a plot that incorporates events from an early period and also allows foreshadowing of events that truly do take place in the “future”. Howard Chaykin does a great job using characters found elsewhere and adding more of a back story to them. For example having Kraven the Hunter being a good guy is a brilliant move. I really wish we would get more mini- series in this fashion for this reason. It allows more history instead of the need to create new characters. For readers like myself, who have been reading for years, this added history is just fun. Is that a Howard Stark cameo?
The hate aspect is the art. In one of the more rare feats, Chaykin is doing the story and the pencils. But I just do not like his style, particularly of facial close-ups. All of the men have these giant square jaws like Superman in the 50′s and 60′s. Is he doing this on purpose? Maybe he is but the end result just looks silly with these big square heads making the bodies seem smaller in comparison. Honestly after a while I was just focused on the plot and dialogue so much I started to ignore the art. Which is a shame since it is a comic book. But at the same time it is a testament to the story that I want to read the rest of the series regardless of my dislike for the art.
I recommend this series as a fun read. If the artistic element is more important then you should skip the series, but it is an interesting storyline.