(or for long-time fans)
Writer: Russell Uttley
Artist: Ben Oliver
So, it's finally here. The last, forty page, issue of Puncture (Act One) and much is resolved, whilst hooks are laid for the sequel "Fierce Diamonds".
This is my second attempt at a review for this book. The first one went into detail of what went on in the issue, how it worked in relation to the previous issues, and a look at the whole storyline, but it felt somewhat redundant - this is not a good jumping-on point for new readers, and you're not hugely likely to find copies of #1 to #5 easily to catch up...whilst if you've already experienced #1 to #5 you'll be on this like a ton of bricks, going "aaahhhh, so that's what that meant".
Storywise, I'm sure Uttley will be the first to admit that Puncture hasn't been easily accessible for readers, it's not a pick up and dip into book by any means, it requires thought and analysis by the reader to get the best benefit, so read as a whole it's no light and fluffy disposable entertainment, but a book that stays with you for weeks, mulling over certain nuances in your mind. It rewards rereading. Value for money for these six issues - as a whole - is exceptional. The hopefully upcoming trade, however, is almost certainly the best way to experience this.
So, what #6 does act as, then, is a showcase for Ben Oliver's art - dark, moody, violent and kinetic, it's almost like his pitch piece for a Marvel MAX Wolverine series - plus there are some lovely full page pieces in here to break up the tempo a little, to show us his detailing in its full glory. His upcoming work on The Authority looks nice enough so far, but he does seem ideally suited to a dark, violent, restricted character set, anti-hero sort of tale - next artist on The Punisher, anyone?
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