Dorkin’s pacing is still excellent this issue, maybe even more than in the last one. And I guess this issue is somewhat better, even if Haspiel’s artwork fails to impress (he does a lot of superhero stuff in the second half and most of it falls flat). What’s troubling is Dorkin’s characterization of Ben.
The series, regardless of it being a Startling Stories title or having an indie creative team, seems to be shaping up to being about Ben cheating on Alicia. Dorkin comments on it, then handles it like Ben’s an adolescent. The series is set during the period when Johnny was dating Crystal, which I think was in the seventies. In other words, Dorkin has a wide timeline to work with and chooses the temporal setting for a reason.
Then he handles it like a Saturday morning cartoon.
Still, the series is getting better, thought not particularly good.
Writer, Evan Dorkin; artist, Dean Haspiel; colorist, Matt Madden; letterer, Tom Orzechowski; editor, Andrew Lis; publisher, Marvel Comics.