By Zak Edwards
December 5, 2007 - 00:48
Writer(s): Mike Carey
Cover Artist(s): Jock
Cliffhangers can be such a problem in the comic book world. The need to have every single issue end on something dramatic enough to bring readers back for another has led to things like characters dying only to be resurrected again and again and plot twists that must be reconciled with in the first two pages of the next issue; among other things. These cliffhangers can ruin perfectly good stories, and Mike Carey and Jock’s Faker just suffered from one. Spoiler alert for those who have not read Faker #4, just in case you don’t want plot points ruined, and please note that, as with all comic books published by Vertigo Comics, this contains subject matter not suitable for younger audiences. The Vertigo website suggests no one younger than eighteen read their material, so please consider this.
Jock’s art continues to grow on me. Dynamic shading is used for mood and I think in some cases to cover up poorer quality drawing. The colouring has quietened down, allowing it to add to the comic book rather than distract. Jock’s art is easy to follow and is different enough from most artwork to maintain interest and a sense of individuality. Where Carey’s story may have gone awry over time, Jock maintains his quality.
6.5/10 Losing its way, but if found again, this series will remain a very layered experience and separate from many comics out there.