Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Greg Land (p), Jay Leisten (i)
Arwyn and company have washed up on shore of a mysterious island where a mad scientist reanimates the dead for no real reason whatsoever, just because he can, really. Oh yeah. They’re his labor force. Whatever. And Kreeg, Arwyn’s faithful dog, may be dead. And then the island sinks and our good heroes are once again plunged into the sea.
This entire issue seems to be lacking in direction. Nothing of note happens (unless Kreeg actually turns up dead), and we just get Land drawing our heroes in skimpy outfits, some zombies, and a Sean Connery cameo in a flashback. We’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out if there was any purpose at all to this issue. Hopefully something will carry over, because if they just wash up on another island (and it certainly looks like they will since next month’s issue is called “Fantasy Island”) and go from there, then this month will have been a complete waste of time.
I feel really bad saying that, because I think Edginton is one of the more talented writers working today. His approach to just about every situation is an innovative and original one. Here, though, he just seems to be treading water (no pun intended), waiting for the next story to actually start. And Land’s artwork, while beautiful as always, doesn’t really do much more than provide some cheesecake and beefcake. His zombies, while nice and decayed, are not really threatening. Of course, they’re not written to be threatening. I’m not sure what the whole point of this issue was, other than to give Arwyn a chance to make a very, very bad speech about how her heart will be like stone and her will like steel, leaving blood and ash in her wake, etc. etc. I’m surprised Land didn’t actually draw her chewing on the scenery. And maybe it was just me, but Sean Connery’s head seemed to be superimposed on the body in that flashback in a way that just didn’t seem right. And the old geezer just didn’t look enough like Connery in the present to be believable. It was just a bit of stunt casting.
I trust that Edginton will bring this story around to a point eventually, it just doesn’t happen this month. Land seems to be coasting, too. Hopefully they’ll get back to their actual quest soon and quit floundering around in the oceans.
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