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
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