Lead up to the Story
This comic is based on the video game for the Xbox 360, is written by Hoshua Ortega, illustrated by Liam Sharp, and published by Wildstorm comics. It is set two months after the end of the first Gears of War game in which a “lightmass” bomb was detonated at a location called Timgad, supposedly destroying the bulk of the locust (bad guys) army. The main character is Marcus Fenix, who is supported always by Dom Santiago both have a returning role from the game. The other characters shown so far are exclusive to the comic book. Usually I do a plot synopsis section, but this issue can be summed up by saying that they start out looking for guys, find one, and then start their trip home. Then they get shot at. Seriously, that’s it. There’s really not much to it.
Personally, as someone who has eagerly anticipated both games, and played them both to completion, I am willing to say that Sharp has managed to almost capture the dark and gloomy aspect of the game. The opening is very cool, very modern, with only a red and black pallet, and does seem to encompass the feel of the game. However, as it continues on through, parts of it just don’t feel right. Any panel that has a strong close up view looks great, but anything from far away looks like it was rushed, or done poorly. It’s like some kind of reverse-Monet. Personally I found it lacking
Is it Worth Buying?
For anyone who is new here, I use this section to discuss things that don’t fit in other parts of the review. Also, I refuse to give a rating out of ten. It is my firm belief that comics, like any other art or literary form, can not simply be judged as a 6, or an 8, and to do so does them injustice which cheapens them as a medium. That said, I did not like this comic. For the reasons mentioned above; seemingly ‘off’ artwork, and a lackluster story, but also because every other page seemed to be an ad. While I understand that comics make most of their money from ad space, it really seemed like every right hand side page was an ad. There were 22 pages of comic, and 17 pages of ads. Seventeen! That’s just way too much. So, no. I would not recommend this, but if you are a huge gears of war fan, you might appreciate it.