Comic of the Week: Glory #24
Writer Joe Keatinge is taking what I call a “pick and choose” approach to the character of Glory. He is including elements of the previous series that he likes, getting rid of what he doesn’t and forging ahead with a completely new take on the concept. Before, Glory was a poor man’s Wonder Woman, just with much bigger breasts. Now, Keatinge has turned her into a warrior, a weapon that was created by her parents to bring an end to conflict. In issue #24, he goes into a lot more detail about what happened to Glory when that job was done and where she goes from here. The dialogue is sharp and the plot constantly moving, all good things in this world of decompressed storytelling.
When you think of a Rob Liefeld Extreme book, you think of a certain artistic style that all the titles he published had. They had a uniform approach to the art and, honestly, most of the time it sucked. For this relaunch, it’s like they went out, found the most un-Liefeld like artists they could find and said “Go crazy.” No one will mistake Ross Campbell for Liefled, or any other artist who worked on the book, and to that I say “Thank God!”
Campbell’s Glory is strong and fierce, yet is also soft and feminine. The contrast is just amazing and makes for a unique look for a comic book with a female lead. Add in strong storytelling skills and a knack for knowing where to place the camera and you have a book with some of the best art I’ve seen in a while.
Keatinge and Campbell have something really good going here and I’ll be reading for as long as they are on the book. It reminds me of the relaunch of Avengelyne a few months back; a book that is about as far from what came before as possible and much the better for it.