Tuesday, April 16, 2013

REVIEW: The Victories, Volume 1: Touched by Michael Avon Oeming

The Victories Volume 1: Touched The Victories, Volume 1: Touched by Michael Avon Oeming
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I liked the premise and that’s about all I liked about the comic book.

Confusion shaded the plot. I didn’t understand what was going on till two-third of the book. The plot relied on info-dumpy flashbacks, and a few times it took me a couple seconds to realize those pages I just read were flashbacks. So much for being info-dumpy, and that’s not even the worst issue.

It took me half of the story to realize which character was the protagonist, i.e. what Faustus looked like without his superhero costume, the face behind the mask. For a while, I thought it was the white dude because there was so much focus on the white dude and his unhidden face was one of the few I could see clearly. The artwork exacerbated the confusion. Only later did I figured out it was black dude who was Faustus and the reason for the focus on the white dude was because he was Faustus’s BFF and Faustus was angsting about him.

The story was full angst and action. The action was alright, violent but not gratuitously so. The angst, I didn’t give a fuck about. Nothing appealed to me, especially as a reader who detests angst. There was also nudity and adult situations, and I went meh over those too. I get that the story was noir, but there was nothing groundbreaking or, at the very least, even entertaining about it.

Beside the premise, I did like Faustus’ fellow superheroes in The Victories group. They continued to be nice and loyal after Faustus broke down; they could have easily stamped “supervillain” on Faustus and turned their back on him.

In Conclusion

I rate The Victories Volume 1: Touched 2-stars for it was okay. The storyboard left a lot to be desired.

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