Thursday, December 07, 2006

Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1

Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1
Well, this one's all over the map. About par for the course considering Chaykin's recent work. Sentences leave off or continue from nowhere, the narrative seems to have very little logical flow, Chaykin's art is Liefeld-like sketchy, and all characters motivations are very obscure.
However, for all its flaws, I enjoyed this, for a few very simple reasons:
1) Warrior's
2) Guy Gardner being Guy Gardner
3) G'NORT!!!
Although G'nort is written much more competently than Giffen ever portrayed him elsewhere, it actually works, because in the opening pages of the book we are "treated" to scenes of his entire planet being slaughtered in the crossfire of the ever continuing Rann-Thanagar war. Gratuitous as it may be, such things will serve to make one grow up really fast. And G'nort has grown a pair as well...just take a look at the way he talks to Guy.
Guy Gardner is a womanizing, Guardian-hating boor, but his heart is always in the right place, and his skills as a Warrior are unparalleled.
And I always love the occasional scene set in his restaurant...but it seems to have gotten a major facelift since last we saw it.
So, I've got to say, I did like this, sloppy art and storytelling aside. In fact, Chaykin's sloppy line work actually contributes a great deal towards selling the new and improved G'nort. So I'll rate this a low GOOD.

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