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Route 666 #8

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2003
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Karl Moline(p), John Dell(i), Nick Bell(c)
Publisher: Crossgen

Cassie finally does something proactive in this boring issue of Route 666, and that novelty--any novelty--is welcome in a book that showed so much promise only to become so tired so fast. She becomes forceful and the leader of the group. Her ghostly grandfather's hints about she being a savior for humanity now gain an explanation. The rest of the book however needs help.

Melchior and Cisco lack any meaningful character. Melchior seems more like comedy relief, and the comedy is of a scatological variety that's disgusting rather than horrific. Contrast these scenes against Eugene Tooms crawling up the pipes in The X-Files. That scene was disgusting but also one of the most scary moments on television.

Clearly, Karl Moline was mighty bored since he seems to brainstorm demons from various mythologies just to keep himself awake while Tony Bedard starts to decide which direction the book will take. His work on Joss Whedon's Fray and the premiere issues of Route 666 is infused with much more energy and imagination, but you can do worse.



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