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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: Saban’s Power Rangers Artist Tribute HC

Saban’s Power Rangers Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Kris Anka, Marcus To, Dan Mora, Daniel Bayliss, Xermanico, Zak Hartong, Jakub Rebelka, Adam Gorham, Daniele Di Nicuolo, and more!
Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera
Price: $24.99

Celebrate 25 years of Saban’s Power Rangers with this oversized hardcover that collects artwork from some of comics’ best talents, including Kris Anka (Runaways), Adam Gorham (Black Panther), and more!

Includes over 60 pieces of original art, featuring Ranger teams across all 25 years, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Ninja Steel.

Preview: Saban’s Power Rangers Artist Tribute HC

Saban’s Power Rangers Artist Tribute HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Kris Anka, Marcus To, Dan Mora, Daniel Bayliss, Xermanico, Zak Hartong, Jakub Rebelka, Adam Gorham, Daniele Di Nicuolo, and more!
Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera
Price: $24.99
Synopsis:

Celebrate 25 years of Saban’s Power Rangers with this oversized hardcover that collects artwork from some of comics’ best talents, including Kris Anka (Runaways), Adam Gorham (Black Panther), and more!

Includes over 60 pieces of original art, featuring Ranger teams across all 25 years, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Ninja Steel.

Master Chief Returns to Comics with Halo: Collateral Damage in June

In a story based on Halo‘s most iconic hero, Dark Horse Comics and 343 Industries are releasing a new three-issue miniseries Halo:  Collateral Damage-A Master Chief Story. This miniseries takes place shortly after the events of the Halo: Fall of Reach comics. Alex Irvine returns to the Halo universe to pen this new series and is joined by artist Dave Crosland, colorist Leonard O’Grady, letterer Simon Bowland, and cover artist Zak Hartong.

Halo: Collateral Damage follows the Master Chief and Blue Team as they are deployed by the UNSC to an unstable colony world. Their mission: terminate the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something ancient and powerful beneath the planet’s surface. But as the mission takes a turn for the unexpected, the Spartan strike team realizes that the stakes of their mission are higher than they realized and they’ll have to rely on each other and a small group of human rebels to survive!

Halo: Collateral Damage #1 (of 3) goes on sale June 06, 2018.