|Herc "relaxing" with Namora following|
the epic events of Sacred Invasion
I think it's only fitting that the site's inaugural review be on the trade it get its onomatopoeic title from. So, let's dive into this particular volume and see what's what.
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The story starts off innocuously enough with Herc and boy wonder Cho catching some much needed downtime at an island getaway. There Herc rendezvous with Namora and the two spend some "quality" time together while Cho laments his lack of a love life to Athena. Pretty soon, the action begins as Amazons swarm on Herc and Namora's location, attacking indiscriminately and abducting Amadeus. Herc, as per his usual worry-free demeanor, doesn't seem to be too worried about him as he seems to think this just means they'll have their way with him and it will be good for the boy. I will make a note here of how fierce the Amazons are both written and drawn. They are ruthless, relentless and utterly devoted to trying to claw their way back to military prominence. They are intelligent
|Enter Artume and her Amazons|
At this point I feel obligated to talk about the art. Clayton Henry (Current Spider-girl artist) and Salvador Espin (Generation Hope, Exiles) tag team for this arc with Henry drawing the first 4 issues and Espin picking up the arc once the world goes white. It's not a huge departure in style to change between the two, but the difference is noticeable. Henry's art is very clean with strong linework that has an excellent sense of motion and action to it. He puts a great amount of detail and expression into his work as well, matching the series' lighthearted, rollicking tone very well. It just bursts off the page. The only caveat with his art is that he sometimes gives some of his characters extremely large foreheads. It's bit of an odd quirk, but one that hardly disrupts your immersion in the story.
In contrast, Espin brings a much more cartoonish and surreal sensibility to his work. Faces are exaggerated and the character models are decidedly looser in composition. The shading also differs markedly between the two as Henry draws everything in a soft light while Espin's art comes off as nearly cel-shaded. The shift in art works in this instance as Espin's art is exclusively regulated to the alternate reality portion of the tale. Both styles are appreciably enjoyable, but the shift is a bit jarring at first.
|Herc and Cho cope with rejection the|
best way they know how (click to
It truly is a shame that the alternate reality sequence weighs down the back end of the narrative. Pak and FVL had a perfect opportunity to create superhuman, humorous version of Y: the Last Man, but drop the ball with their gender-segregated dystopia. The resolution is a satisfying one, and overall the story is a very fun, very good read. It just could have been great. Overall, I give Pak, Van Lente, Henry, and Espin's Love and War an...
P.S. I really love this book's ridiculous sound effects.
|Just in case you were unclear as to what a|
"ridiculous sound effect" might be.