By Koppy McFad
May 10, 2009 - 00:56
The past of Solomon Grundy, DC Comic's resident undead monster, is explored while the creature encounters Poison Ivy in the present.
Unlike past issues of this miniseries, the encounter between Grundy and the villain-of-the-month is not the focus of this comic. If anything, Ivy is easily shrugged off by Grundy whose dark nature is beyond even her power. Instead, this issue gives us more details on the crimes of Cyrus Gold, providing us with the clues on what turned him into Grundy all those years ago.
Too much is still concealed to really enjoy this series. The identities of Grundy and Gold seem to be shifting uneasily and both identities seem to kill at the drop of a hat-- Grundy out of rage, Gold out of greed and evil. Thankfully, the story appears to be taking a major step forward with the involvement of Green Lantern Alan Scott who is playing a crucial role in actually trying to redeem the monster. If it weren't for Scott, this book would look like a series of unconnected violent acts. The mystery of Grundy's origins still aren't very intriguing. If anything, he looks like a being created from sheer murderous rage. Hopefully, more details will be revealed in the coming issues so we get a suitable pay-off to this mystery. The previous issues have already given us enough murder and mayhem at the hands of Gold/Grundy. This miniseries has to give us more or we will get tired of it.
The art is moody but also very clear and articulate in depicting the volatile emotions of the characters. Ivy looks quite enticing and Gold-- even in his human form-- is quite menacing. There is just too much reliance on the art to tell the story. If anything, the writer Scott Kolins seems to be using as few words as possible to avoid covering up his own art.
Rating: 6 /10