Willow #1 Review
By Zak Edwards
November 3, 2012 - 17:20
Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s): Jeff Parker
Penciller(s): Brian Ching
Inker(s): Jason Gordes
Colourist(s): Michelle Madsen
Letterer(s): Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Artist(s): David Mack, variant by Megan Lara
To me, Willow represents two things I find most interesting in Buffy Season 9: the approach to publishing (mini-series running co-currently with a regular series) and this whole ‘no magic’ thing that happened at the end of the last season. Oh, and it has Willow, who is arguably the most memorable character on the show, even over our titular hero. So now that she has her own mini-series, we can see the impact of no magic from both Willow’s perspective and an entirely different one: the world she’s trapped in.
At this point it's obvious the editors of Season 9 have settled on a house style for these books to maintain a certain level of artistic continuity, it's really too bad the style they chose isn't strong at all. The colours are too vibrant and jarring, the expressions either completely lacking or strange looking; this and the other books are just not something I actually enjoy visually. The action sequences are cramped and the characters are cartoonish in a way that isn’t redeeming or really playing off the recognized Alice in Wonderland motifs to any great effect. Overall, I just dislike the art of all these books, even if the story itself is quite good. If the exterior work, the two incredible covers this book has by David Mack and Megan Lara, could ever match the inside, these books would be so much stronger.
Grade: 6.5/10 Good. Inconsistent in art and story, but good.
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