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Review – Hotwire: Deep Cut #3

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Hotwire Deep Cut #3I still have the same feelings as I did after reading the second issue.  Hotwire: Deep Cut #3 is entertaining, with very unique coloring, but I’m still torn as to how much I recommend the series.  The story is interesting, and creative.  But there’s something that’s not quite clicking for me.  It’s not bad, but also nothing that blows me away.

Alice Hotwire is locked in a bitter race against Burtus Rantz and his gang of mercenaries, to hunt down the phantom soldier. Plowing through the busy streets, and a panicking population, they face a final showdown at the city hospital where Rantz has set his trap. But, unknown to the two ghost hunting antagonists, the soldier’s hostage is not yet beyond help. Can they set aside their deadly rivalry in time to save a mother and child on the edge of death?

Created by Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis, written and art by Pugh Hotwire is definitely an entertaining series.  The third issue wraps up the ghosts running around causing all sorts of issues.  It’s a fine read and way to end this volume, but at the same time I can’t say I was completely satisfied.  But, what’s odd is I couldn’t tell you what I’d change.

Everything is very unique.  Nothing quite pops like this series (especially digitally on an iPad).  But, I can’t say I’m too invested in the characters of the world.  I can’t quite call this a “buy”, but it’s a solid “read.”

Plot: The series started off with a bang and got you right into the action with little set up and this issue continues in that.  There’s lots of politicking and arguing about jurisdictions, personalities and weapons.  It was an interesting mix, but none of it really blew me away.  Was it interesting?  Yes.  Was it amazing?  No.  Rating: 7

Art: The art here is pretty solid with some very cool scenes and amazing use of color.  The art alone almost makes this a buy.  There’s a very consistent and fitting hue that permeates the entire book and some very cool scenes.  The fact that Pugh does double duty in writing and art is impressive, and I’d love to get a behind the scenes of how he pulled it all together.  Rating: 9

Overall: The story is pretty unique and coloring definitely stands out.  I was hoping I’d be won over by this third issue, but I didn’t quite make it there.  I’m really close to recommending this entire series as a buy, but something just barely holds me back.  I definitely think it’s one you should check out at the store as you’re browsing this week’s releases.  It’s worth checking it out at least and seeing if it’s something that might interest you.  Overall rating: 7.25

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.50    Release Date: 2/9/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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  • Oh, man, I’ve gotta get on the stick. I loved the first series and am really looking forward to diving into this one. Great work by Pugh and kudos to Radical too.