Scott Kolins takes a stab at making his own written and drawn story, to join a proud tradition of creators who brought their vision to paper and ink.
The story centers on a heroic, muscular hero called Adam. Friend to all creatures, protector of the only landmass on Earth(?) it seems. The issue focuses mostly on his search for his wayward son Beo, but he gets distracted in helping his animal friends. By the time his son does reappear, the reunion is as brief as it is violent.
Art-wise, the book is clearly Kolins’ work. Sometimes it may look cleaner than what is normally expected of him, but fans of his work will recognize it instantly.It becomes clear that Kolins worked on this over an extended period of time, as the art style lacks consistency, like Kolins drew many pages continuously and then took a prolonged break. It’s subtle things, like extra lines on a face, traces of his old style cropping in, or one character looking super polished as though she were added in later or touched up in post-production. None of that is bad, but it did take me out of the story in trying to follow the art.
The writing fares much worse. The overall premise of the series is easy to grasp, jungle hero looking for his sun in the far future. Tarzan, After Earth, and Conan the Barbarian could be seen as influences on Kolins’ script. What becomes muddled is the way the story is presented. The characters all use this odd future language that mixes common slang with animal and nature metaphors, which is kind of cool except the lettering by Heisler makes it really hard to read. This makes trying to follow the dialogue frustrating, in that you have to follow a new language without 100% seeing the letters. Likewise, despite everything being sort of familiar it doesn’t really draw you in deeper despite Kolins trying to lay seeds to be explained later. In today’s market, its not enough to be “by-the-numbers”. We have seen books about the Apocalypse set in a Sci-Fi Western, Romeo and Juliet in Space with magic, or even two brothers on a roadtrip to beat Sauron.
I applaud Kolins for trying to step up with his own vision, but it lacks the extra few steps that other books have. Those visions feel fully formed, like the creators agonized over them until they were perfect. In comparison, Adam.3 #1 feels less like a personal work and more of a homage-type book. The wide-screen angle of the pages is sort of interesting, and the action has a feeling of kinetic movement, but other than that, the book seems basic. Despite there being more to tell, nothing really entices me to stay and see it.
Rating:Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.
Purists may wish to cover their ears now.
My favorite Green Lantern is G’Nort.
To be fair, I’ve never read that widely in the Lantern canon. Hal Jordon’s always been either a little too bland or unlikable for me. Guy Garnder’s, well, Guy Garnder. For whatever reason, I’ve never really encountered much with John Stewart or Kyle Rayner. As I said, the Corps were never a big interest for me. Alan Scott is cool, though, not as much as Jay Garrick who is still my favorite Flash (though that’s a debate for another day).
And so, my favorite Lantern is G’Nort. Created by Giffen and DeMatteis during their iconic Justice League run, G’Nort is an alien who resembles a humanoid dog. G’Nort may have his uncle’s graft to thank for his power ring, but, nonetheless he is a devoted teammate. Perhaps not always the smartest or the best fighter, yet still, someone you can count on to stick by you. It also helps that he has an appealing personality. From the moment he appears in this issue, he had me smiling once again. Some mega-powerful demi-god is going on about the trap he has lain for Larfleeze when G’Nort simply wanders over, inserting himself into the conversation. He actually succeeds in derailing the conversation. As I said, there is a good-natured feel to G’Nort, which is immediately winning.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the rest of the issue. Now, part of the problem is that I had never read an issue of this series before now, and possessed near zero knowledge of who Larfleeze is beyond “greedy, Orange Lantern”. It took me several pages to sort out what was going on and who a lot of the supporting characters were. I’m still unclear on the exact nature of the villains. G’Nort was in the issue enough to justify buying it, but, my enjoyment pretty much ground to a halt when he was off panel. If you’re a fan of the character, as I am, that may be worth it for you. For my part, I plan on buying the next two issues with G’Nort as well.
Let’s hope that Larfleeze is stocked up on Kibbles n’ Bits.