Thursday, 11 October 2001 : "Comics reviews: Fury, Alias"Comics:
Anyone who reads comics and is a Garth Ennis fan; do yourself a favor and skip Fury, Marvel's new MAX series (supposedly for mature readers). It's filled with garbage that doesn't even rise to the level of 'gratuitous'; obscenity, degradation and violence are the sole content of the story, and it all only serves to ruin a good character.
In fact, I'd be surprised if the dialogue was actually written by Ennis. Anybody who read Preacher or Hellblazer knows that any Ennis character who swears does so both memorably and well; Ennis' ear for dialogue is usually golden, to mix metaphors. Fury reads like someone (the editor?) removed all interesting turns of phrase and just shoveled in more f-words until there was nowhere else to put one. Not to mention the various clumsy ways we're shown that Nick Fury is such a tough, virile, heartless, etc. guy. (Wasn't he a good guy once?) It's sewage, and I'm sorry I paid money for it. Rating: 0 out of 10.
Alias, on the other hand (another in the MAX line), is a solid 5 out of 10; interesting setup for a series, competently told, with a nice complication at the end. It's average, mildly entertaining stuff. Next to Fury, though, it's Sandman, The Usual Suspects, and the Mona Lisa rolled into one.
New illustration of Captain America by Frank Miller, for the upcoming WTC benefit book Heroes.
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