JD reviews THE ACTIVITY #1 by Edmondson/Gerads!


TITLE: THE ACTIVITY
ARTIST: MITCH GERADS
PUBLISHED by IMAGE
REVIEWED BY JOHNNY DESTRUCTO

Wow. Talk about a slow burn. Maybe I missed something here, but isn’t something supposed to HAPPEN in the first issue of a new series? Don’t get me wrong, the pages weren’t blank or anything. There were words and illustrations and the introduction of the team, but…where’s the rest? Something to make readers want to come back? I know they give Brian Michael Bendis a hard time for “writing for the trade” but each of his issues have something, some development or hook to keep the reader involved at least long enough to want the next issue. This one…doesn’t.

Ok, so here’s the scoop. We see the team kidnap a fella and hand him off to some people in Mexico. Why? Don’t ask me, I can’t read Spanish. We do find out that the team “are the problem solvers”. We find out that the aforementioned solvers of aforementioned problems recently lost a team member, and that they are getting a new member. We also see her being recruited and going out on their next job with them. She does well and gets approved and is awarded a codename. Weatherman, Bookstore, Speakeasy, Switchfoot and Fiddler. It was interesting to see how they accomplish their assigned goal and to see the tech used and the techniques put into play..but is that all there is to get out of this book?

I kept waiting for the shady business to go down. Some hint that maybe the dead member died mysteriously. Or that the new addition to the team is infiltrating the team for some secret reason, or that someone is corrupt. There is no hint towards any of these things. It all goes down smoothly, everyone gets along, the job gets done..and then…it’s over.

The design of the book is interesting, and the artwork is strong enough (sometimes peoples eyes don’t really line up) but overall it works. And like I said, it was interesting in a purely procedural way, but daddy needs some DRAMA to keep coming back to a comic. Daddy also needs to stop referring to himself as daddy, cause it’s wicked creepy. Despite just this very second saying that I need drama to come back to a series, I AM going to check out issue two because I’m so very curious to see if anything happens in the second issue. Surely SOMEthing must…I just wonder what.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

 

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