Sunday, August 31, 2014

Glory: The Complete Saga by Joe Keatinge & Ross Campbell - Ashley's Review

*I received an eARC of  this book from Diamond Book Distributors/Image Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Glory: The Complete Saga
Authors: Joe Keatinge & Ross Campbell
Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Paul's Glory: The Complete Saga Review


Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Joe Keatinge (Marvel
Knights: Hulk) collect their critically-acclaimed and brutally told saga of one warrior and
her family torn apart by a millennia-old intergalactic war. 

This is the complete story, collected in its entirety for the very first time in a deluxe, over-sized hardcover edition, packed with never-before-seen sketchbook material, scripts, commentary, and interviews.


Review: Glory sounds like it would be a really epic story with lots of action and adventure and all of that jazz. And, while it was, something about it just fell short for me. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high, or if I just wanted something more, but Glory  was not everything I hoped it would be. 

The artwork fits very well with this story, and was probably the thing I enjoyed the most. It's dark and gritty and it shows much more emotion than most of the words. I enjoyed the colors and the harsh lines, and I really enjoyed seeing the different worlds and such. Ross Campbell does an excellent job, and I'm really interested in seeing more of his works. 

I think the problem with this comic, for me, was that there wasn't enough explanation of anything. We know that Glory is meant to bring peace between the worlds. But that doesn't really work. And her parents try to do the EXACT same thing, thinking it will work the second time around. I really disliked Glory's parents, and most of the other characters. They're all selfish and they don't change very much at all. There's no growth or anything that I could see and that really bothered me. 

It was also really hard to even care about what happened to Glory. She goes on these rampages and loses herself and then comes out of it and is all sad about what she did. Until the next time, of course. Then it just happens all over again. There was only so much of that I could take in one story before it became really tedious. I mean sure, Glory is a strong heroine capable of saving - or destroying - the world. But she has no motivation other than to make her father suffer for her mother's death, and she doesn't care who she hurts in the process of taking her revenge. I guess she's supposed to be morally ambiguous, but she just came off as annoying to me. 

Overall, I think this was just not the kind of comic that I normally enjoy. I definitely think there's an audience out there for it, and I think that many people will thoroughly enjoy this reissue. Especially with all of the interesting letters and sketches included in the back. I did actually enjoy those! Since I wasn't really a fan, I'm not really sure who to recommend it to, other than fans of the original series. A 2/5 from me. 


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