Monday, December 24, 2012

Idolized #4

This series started out as a clever idea - a superhero version of a reality TV show - but as Idolized draws close to the finale next issue, it's starting to strain a bit.

Each issue has ended on a cliffhanger, and this story picks up with the hero Joule plummeting to her doom while taking part in the final challenge.

The contestants are being forced to fight each other to determine the winner (the insurance costs on this show must be tremendous) - but the show has somehow neutralized their powers. Joule somehow survives the fall (which manages to shred her costume - in strategic spots, natch).

The fight is happening in the middle of a forest - I have no idea how the cameras are supposed to be able to keep up with all the action.

The winner must overcome the other players, and then they'll get fame, adulation and membership in The Protectors, a real superhero team. The team is not thrilled with being forced to make an inexperienced hero a member and insists she must be trained - and then turns around and sends her into battle with the team against a group of super-powered terrorists.

So there are some problems with the story by David Schwartz.

The art by Pasquale Qualano is quite good, emulating an Art Adams style. Some of the panel layouts are a bit tricky to follow, but overall it's solid work.

The issue also ends on a cliffhanger, but it's one that arrives out of nowhere and doesn't really work - it just feels tacked on.

Despite these gripes (and they're mostly picky ones), I'm enjoying the series and curious to see how it all wraps up next issue.

Grade: B-


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