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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

Preview: Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Bryan Hill, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Gary Dauberman (A) Mark Buckingham, Becky Cloonan, Riley Rossmo, Ricardo Federici (CA) Doug Mahnke
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $9.99

Horror! Death! Uh…Face-punching! Witness ten all-new stories that promise to be the most terrifying, most shocking and most horrific comic that DC Comics has ever published! (Hyperbole much?) Batman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and more of your favorite heroes face unspeakable horrors from the streets of Gotham City to the darkest sectors of the universe.

Swamp Thing is Coming to DC’s Digital Service as a Live Action One-Hour Series

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

Based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing is coming to the new DC digital service as a one-hour live-action drama.

Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with Atomic Monsters and the one-hour drama is going to script-to-series.

It is being executive produced by James Wan (Atomic Monster), Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear (Atomic Monster), co-produced by Rob Hackett (Atomic Monster), and written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman.

The series is aiming for a 2019 launch.