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Apocalypse Al #2 Review


The search is on for the guy with the Book of Keys, trying to bring about the end of the world.

The Good

The idea behind this series is pretty fun. Allison "Al" Carter is a private investigator that specializes in cases dealing with the end of the world. She's currently trying to locate a man that obtained a special book that can open a doorway to Hell, thus bringing about the end of the world.

Al is a fun character. She comes from a line of (this kind of) investigators after her father and every male ancestor. Being an only child, the job has fallen on her. We're being introduced to some interesting characters and relationships between her supporting cast. As she goes about seeking answers, we get to see several different locations.

Sid Kotian gets to come up with several different characters and creatures. The designs add to the feel of this world and it does make you want to see more of it.

The Bad

The biggest problem I have is with Al's depiction. There are moments when the tone shifts quite a bit. In the first issue, Al is summoned in the middle of the night. She's just wearing a nightie and underwear. She doesn't bother to put on pants when leaving. Just a jacket and boots. There is a gradual build in the way she's being portrayed. I understand there may be those looking for cleavage or the occasional awkward angle from below, but the story doesn't need that. The jokes against her being gawked at (and violated when she leaves her body behind to go into a virtual world) is just unacceptable and unnecessary. I do want to like this series and I am interested in the story. This tone that is being established is telling me this might not be geared towards me.

The Verdict

Allison Carter is a private investigator determined to catch the guy about to bring about the end of the world. We're seeing some interesting characters and creatures and Sid Kotian is really fleshing out this world. Unfortunately depiction and treatment of Al's character appears to be sinking more and more. This doesn't have to be a book focusing on a gratuitous depiction towards females. Sure, there may be some that aren't bothered or are perhaps even looking for it. The jokes are starting to sink too low which is too bad because I am curious to see how this story plays out.

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Edited By danaandra

In Tony's defense -- the treatment of the material pretty much affects how one reads a story. If a TV series like, for example, NCIS, had female characters who "just happen" to be scantily clad, it would change the entire tone of the series, and it's unreasonable to expect one to look passed that in order to objectively review the story.

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Edited By PymsEgo

Surprise! (partial) Nudity in comics makes Tony uncomfortable.

I don't want to sound like a jerk here, but perhaps Tony should let someone else review the "mature" titles or leave them off the site all together. I totally get that comics of this sort just don't do much for Tony, and that fact has been pretty well established over the year or so i have been coming to comic vine. These books aren't necessarily for everyone. However I think that this discomfort has gotten in the way of him producing a credible review. We get two (very brief) sentences about that art, but two full paragraphs on how the character not wearing pants "doesn't fit the story". JMS and Kotian are clearly looking to strike a specific tone here and i feel like the book is being done a disservice by not being judged on its own merits.

I am not necessarily arguing against the score, if it was a two star book for Tony then that is the score he should assign it. I just feel like he completely glossed over reviewing the story and art because the main character happens to be a scantily clad female.

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Posted By Skyhawk1

It was originally a radio drama produced for, and shelved by the CBC before it aired. Maybe it's material designed for audio drama which probably wouldn't transfer well to another media. I'm going to take a look at it for curiosity sake.

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Edited By dcfox

While I like JMS, the first issue didn't really do it for me. Sad to hear the book doesn't get any better.

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Posted By WarDishy_

Thanks for the honest heads up. Not the kind of thing I need in my books.