I really like the Laming art a lot. He brings personality to the apes during their conversations, lots of pensive thoughts and so on. He deserves a much better script.
Bechko and Hardman continue their boring political history. Exile really does fell like a history lesson, except the Planet of the Apes doesn’t have an interesting history because it’s so small. It’s really the history of one settlement. It’s funny when the writers introduce Milo–who I think is Sal Mineo’s ape who dies three minutes into the third movie–but so what? If they’re setting up the first movie, they’re heading toward an inevitable conclusion.
And here’s the problem with that approach… What if they don’t make it? What if Boom! cancels their future limiteds? Or if they losethe license? Bechko and Hardman, while they produce okay licensed material comics, aren’t going to have much if they don’t finish.
Writers, Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman; artist, Marc Laming; colorist, Jordie Bellaire; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Dafna Pleban; publisher, Boom! Studios.
This issue, rather inappropriately, feels like a rip-off of a Swamp Thing standard. Well, I think Moore did it once and Veitch did it once, but it’s still a standard. There’s no supernatural situation of the week this issue, instead a friend of Constantine hacks into the evil fundamentalist’s computer network but he does so via hallucinogenic and technology suction cupped to his forehead.
Delano and Ridgway spend most of their effort on this journey through the computer world–pre-Internet, post-Tron–and it feels just like when Moore (and Veitch) send Swamp Thing through the Green. Given Hellblazer‘s a spin-off of Swamp Thing… it just feels rather cheap.
And the whole issue turns out to be a way for Delano to focus on Constantine for the last five pages instead of the melodrama.
The writing’s fine, the art’s fine, but it’s a waste of time.
Ghosts in the Machine; writer, Jamie Delano; pencillers, Brett Ewins and John Ridgway; inkers, Jim McCarthy and Ridgway; colorist, Lovern Kindzierski; letterer, Todd Klein; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.