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Rose and Thorn #2

By Koppy McFad
January 31, 2004 - 14:12

In the second issue of this miniseries, Rhosyn "Rose" Forrest finally gets released from the looney bin. However her violent side is slowly coming to the surface. She beats and intimidates a bunch of guys who try to take advantage of her. And finally, she gets her hands on the tools of her trade in preparation for going after the mob that killed her father.

It is about time that this story started picking up. We know that Simone can write action and suspense but you couldn't tell it from the issues of this miniseries. The "fight" with the sleazy guy is unimpressive. As for the lead character, she may be easy on the eyes and her psychological plight may be interesting but it is difficult to care about her, no matter how many tears she sheds or how much abuse she endures.

The art by Melo and Green almost make up for the shortcomings in the story. It is a nice blend of Silver-Age clarity and South American style. A nice change from the comics where you can't tell what is going on a page without detailed explanations. Melo could be the next fan-favourite.

Oh, and another thing-- the names: Rhosyn? Ashleigh? They reek of an overindulgent parent. Is there some sort of rule that DC can't just give their female characters simple names like Jill or Alice?

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