I don't think some of this book has aged well at all. The politics in particular is super heavy handed, (tories as Demons anyone) and the whole tone iI don't think some of this book has aged well at all. The politics in particular is super heavy handed, (tories as Demons anyone) and the whole tone is super harsh and cynical although from what I've read that's fairly common of 80's British comics.
The artwork is really expressive and the panel layouts and full page splashes are dynamic and super engaging. The characters facial expressions in particular are great, they border on the grotesque at times which is exactly what I want from a horror comic.
I found the lead character kind of hard to like, I get he's supposed to be anti-hero but I had trouble particularly early on finding any good qualities. I've read other comics with a similar lead but in those other characters provided balance. But this has an overwhelmingly cynical tone and personally that meant this long volume just felt a little tiring to read, although I am fully aware that this is a matter of personal taste.
All in all I'll be interested in reading different interpretations of the character from later writers, for me this whole book reads as very 80's and as someone who wasn't alive back then it comes across as quite dated. Although I'll be interested to give it to my Dad to read and see if he enjoys it a bit more.
(Also this particular volume had some issues collected from Swamp Thing as well as the Constantine issues which unfortunately were largely lost on me as I haven't read Swamp Thing yet, but I'm sure to people more familiar with those comics there inclusion makes more sense). ...more
Female heroes, unambiguously and well written queer relationships and alternative WWII history.
This book is incredible. Some of my favourite characteFemale heroes, unambiguously and well written queer relationships and alternative WWII history.
This book is incredible. Some of my favourite characters are written in such a fun way, (if you like Batwoman, Catwoman, Zatanna and Ivy/Harley I'd particularly recommend this to you) and you get to see a few of the characters who wouldn't normally interact in there own books. I also feel its a pretty cool jumping on point for a lot of the major characters in particular you get a nice rewrite of Wondy's origin.
There is a new art style/team for pretty much every chapter (although of course some of them come back), which I thought might get distracting when reading it in print issues. (This run is being released digitally first in chapters, a few chapters make up a print issue, a few of the print issues makes up this trade). But as the art style changes when we change perspective to a different character it really fits the book and has the added bonus of introducing me to some new artists that I haven't seen before. Of course I do have some favourites; I adore Marguerite Sauvage's work it just fits the style and tone of the book perfectly.
Plot wise I don't want to give too much away but if you like the ladies of DC want to see them working together to defeat Nazi's you really should give this book a go. It's my current favourite comic, I'm reading it in single issues which normally I hate doing, it just adore these characters and the story is so engaging I just can't help it. ...more