Wednesday, August 6, 2008

NYX: No Way Home #1 Review

Written by Marjorie Liu
Art by Kalman Andrasofsky

NYX: No Way Home was a decent read, but not something you should run out and buy, especially if you've never read the first mini-series and have no vested interest in the characters. Especially for a relatively average issue that serves as a sequel / follow-up to a rather obscure mini-series and, god knows why, has a $3.99 cover price.

The things I liked about the issue were the same things I liked about the first series - the grounded setting and realistic characters (at least, from a characterization and dialogue point of view - they still have powers and other Marvel Unvierse surreal stuff).

The unique art style is another thing that drew me into the first NYX series and Andrasofsky doesn't disappoint with the sequel on that regard. It's not a Bryan Hitch or Jim Lee, but it's got a style and feel all its own and isn't something you see all that often in post-Image / 90's comic art.

However, that's where the good parts end for me. The actual plot for this isn't even worth mentioning as it is just way too decompressed and revolves around a ridiculous flashback / exposition gimmick that starts with what's supposed to be a shocking 'ending' of Kidan, the main character by the way, strapped down to a gurney in a hospital and ends with the 'beginning' of the story telling us how she got there. It's actually pretty uninspiring and I felt on more than one occasion like I was just nodding my head waiting for them to get on with it already.

Verdict - Check It. I know I ended with some rather brusque and negativity for this review, but I did enjoy this story and will be sticking with it, but I think that has more to do with how much I enjoyed the first mini-series several years back and my familiarity with the characters than it does with this being a good book. If you have no experience with NYX, tread cautiously and 'byrne' the book in the store before deciding to jump in or not, especially at the ludicrous $3.99 price point.

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