Ok, so new comic, I’m going to try a new format, one that will help me get posts out faster and more regularly. I’m going to devote one post to one or two major points. So an issue may be spread out over several posts. Alternatively, if a comic bores me, I will have to spend less time on it. Let’s see how this goes, folks!
So, Resurrection Man. The team this time is Dan Abnett, Andy Lenning, and Fernando Dagnino, and company. The issue is titled “Pronounced Dead” I havenever heard of the character before, so this will be a treat. Mr. Elusive New Reader tells me that Resurrection Man (RM hereafter)’s thing is that he can’t die, and comes back with a new and different power each time. I told Mr. ENR to not spill the beans further, so that’s where he stopped. So I have some idea of what’s going on, but not much.
The issue opens with RM rebooting in a morgue and stealing an attendant’s clothes/ATM card to catch a plane, not really knowing why he’s on the run. What captured me first is this, though, this image:
That center panel…I know now it’s a teddy bear, but my first thought was “wtf fetuses?” Look really fast…doesn’t it look like a shower of fetii?
Anyway, moving on. I want to know what is going on in this panel.
Ok, ArtPick. #1, the chronology of the action is unclear. Usually, you can kind of tell the flow of a scene by the panels and inserts, even if they’re a bit scattered on the page. The blue rectangle in the upper left – it’s not immediately clear that it’s a previous scene. Upon re-reviewing, it’s RM as seen from the outside of the plane. But the main action of the panel is RM checking this woman “Sue” out.
She’s #2. The hell is going on this with this figure. Let me break this down:
2a. Her face. What is with her face? The expression is unclear, the features don’t recall any natural human face….RM’s heavily stylized too, but he’s about the same size as her in this panel, and he gets a facial expression. 2b: her shoulders aren’t working, unless she is several smaller bodies put together. Where’s her left arm, on the seatback, coming from? Even if someone’s really posing, the eye expects to see both joints/sets of limbs.
2c: her bust. It’s apparently important to show that ZOMG SHE’S NOT WEARING A BRA!!1! OK, fine, whip ’em out if you must, but pleae look at how actual breasts behave in actual postures. She’s missing a breast. Props to them if they’re trying to make some sort of post-mastectomy empowerment statement, but the simpler explanation is simply laziness. This pisses me off. In fact, I am already planning a separate post about breast-related oddities in art. I know you all are just anxious for that!
2d: her right hand. Look at that thumb. She’s not in the foreground enough to warrant that kind of distortion. It doesn’t look related to her other hand, which has little, splintery fingers. Lastly, 2e: someone please tell me where her hips are. Even in a very slender figure, you will still see hips. They are undeniable, a fact about human anatomy. Whither did they go? And I’m not even taking about *flesh* here, just evidence of bones and musculature that one would normally see on a grown woman. Look. At. Actual. Women. Please.
Turns out that Sue is some sort of demon-type thing that is trying to collect RM’s soul. She changes form, which still doesn’t forgive the art. They do battle, but not before ripping the plane apart and killing everyone.
RM resurrects in the wreckage with the power to turn into water. There’s another demon-thing after him, in the guise of a firefighter, with the same red tear mark as “Sue” above. There’s also a pair of ladies that are searching for RM, using the wonderful tactic of taking hostages at the morgue and killing one.
I won’t spend as much time griping about the art (and I do have gripes). But I will point this out. The two seem to not be in the same comic:
Is it me or does the style on both figures look different? Am I seeing things?
I’ll be back again shortly with not just the Boob Post, but the rest of RM! And off I go!!!!