DC Comics
Rose and Thorn #3
By Koppy McFad
February 20, 2004 - 13:09

DC Comics
Writer(s): Gail Simone
Penciller(s): Adriana Melo, Dan Green
Cover Artist(s): Adam Hughes

At last, the Thorn confronts the 100!!! And it all takes place off-panel. I don't get it either. Simone knows how to do suspense-filled, action-packed comics but this title just seems lost. All this build-up for the character, her growing rage and her vendetta against the gangsters is suppose to have a point, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Perhaps the lead character's psychological evolution is the real subject of the story but that particular sub-plot isn't very gripping. It doesn't help that Rose/Thorn isn't very sympathetic. Maybe it is because she is crazy or maybe it is because she is just a little. (rhymes-with-'witch.') but at least the old "Rose and Thorn" of the 1970s tried to balance the gentle and lethal aspects of the character so she came out, as a whole, rather likeable. This one is either irritating or vicious. By the way, where the heck did she learn her fighting skills anyway? Or is she just powered up by her psychosis?

Even the art in this issue seems to have worsened from previous issues. The lay-outs are unimaginative and the action sequences-- what little there is-- look stiff, with spurting blood being used as a cheap shock effect.

Related Articles:
Rose and Thorn #3
Rose and Thorn #2