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Review: Mall #1

Mall #1

The world is destroyed and the survivors now live in the mall. Mall #1 sets up the world delivering more interesting concepts than interesting narrative.

Written by Michael Moreci and Gary Dauberman, Mall #1 is Snowpiercer meets The Warriors. The problem is there isn’t that interesting sense of motion with Snowpiercer. And the tribes of The Warriors are thin and not fleshed out.

Mall #1 isn’t a bad comic at all. It sets up what seems like it’ll be an interesting series. The issue is the set up throws you in the chaos of a man on the run. The world he’s running from is the interesting part and we get too little of a focus on that. Instead, the comic is the beginning of The Warriors followed by running. A gang leader is killed and the “framed” killer is pursued. The two franchises line up a bit too well the more it’s examined.

Mall #1 teases really great concepts. There’s so much to be said about consumerism in the series but there’s too much of a focus on the murder, a trial, and then the subsequent chaos. Not enough is explained. And, the interesting tribes are there for visuals as opposed to depth. You get intriguing costumes but none of the reason. Change the setting and outfits and you’d have the same story without much of an impact at all.

The art by Zak Hartong is interesting. With color by Addison Duke and lettering by Jim Campbell, the depth of the world is mainly through the art. That too has issues at times as some of that detail is lost with characters made mostly of outlines. The art has an unfinished quality at times taking the most engaging aspect and muting it.

In the end, the comic feels like a person running from people in costumes. The setting and those costumes could easily be replaced with little to no impact. Mall #1 sets up an interesting concept but spends too little time fleshing it out to benefit from what could be a truly intriguing world and comic.

Story: Michael Moreci, Gary Dauberman Art: Zak Hartong
Color: Addison Duke Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

It’s Spies vs. Spy in Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman this July

For the first time ever, the Angels meet the Bionic in the crazy 80’s in Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Womanfrom Dynamite Entertainment. Bringing together Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels and Universal’sBionic Woman is a first in comics and a winning crossover event in print.

Charlie gives his Angels an assignment to steal back a patent for its mysterious inventor. The biggest hiccup on the mission is their toughest counterspy yet, literally – Jaime Sommers aka the Bionic Woman. Will the cyborg come out on top against a team of highly trained private investigators or will the tides turn toward a team-up against some greater threat?

Audiences sat at home glued to their TVs watching the thrilling adventures of these detectives, even on the same night for a period. This new series is set within the original series continuity for both shows and takes place after their finales, bringing everyone together in the 1980s. 

Cameron DeOrdio brings his honed writing abilities and love for both franchises to the table, while artist Soo Lee draws these women in her one-of-a-kind style. Colorist Addison Duke and letterer Tom Napolitano round out the team inside the book.

On the outside, a compelling cadre of cover artists include the sensational Cat Staggs, indie darling Jim Mahfood and paperback cover and movie poster legend Ron Lesser.

Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman #1