Chain Reactions | Glory #23
Reviews for the Extreme Studios reboot title Glory have been hitting the internet for awhile–Caleb reviewed it here more than a month ago–and this week finally saw the book hit comic shops. Written by Joe Keatinge with art by Ross Campbell, Glory #23 has little to do with the previous 1990s Glory comic, and yet has everything to do with it, as Keatinge and Campbell’s approach wasn’t to toss everything out and start over, but to pick up with and add on the character’s previous origin and history … and then spin her off in a completely different direction.
On paper, this isn’t a comic that should work–although Keatinge has a lot of comics coming out this year, he’s still relatively new to the game, and Ross Campbell isn’t the first, or fifth, or even 100th artist I’d ever think of drawing a revival of a 1990s bad girl version of Wonder Woman. And yet the beauty is that it does work, as Keatinge and Campbell have created something really awesome here. But don’t take my word for it; check out what others have been saying about the return of Glory:
Edward Kaye, Newsarama: “Much of the issue is spent introducing readers to the character and recapping some of her past adventures. One thing that will be immediately noticeable to longtime Glory fans is that her origin tale has been tweaked a bit, so where in the original story she was born as the result of an alliance between the Amazonians and their demonic rivals, she is now the product of a union between two warring alien races. Other than that, her back-story matches that outlined in the original series, and even acknowledges the events that took place in Alan Moore’s very brief revival of the series.”
Alec Berry, Spandexless: “Keatinge does a nice job of wrapping these story elements into a smart, warm script, though, and what I found most delightful was his control of exposition and info-feeding aimed at the reader. As we know, Keatinge has decided to keep the previous 22 issues of Glory in play, but you wouldn’t feel that pinch reading this new issue. He delicately places all of that information across the issue so that it’s there for you to digest yet never are you force fed word balloon upon word balloon of detail. You can tell that even though this is one of Keatinge’s first major works as a writer he already understands his craft.”
Niall Doonan, Comic Buzz: “That aside, it is really the look of the comic that made the greatest impression on me. The design of Glory is the most interesting. I do not remember seeing a female superhero type character look the way Glory looks in this comic, she is certainly different from the norm. While she is drawn as an attractive character, with her blue eyes and long white hair, Glory is also believably strong and powerful. Her muscular physique is clear and there is a greater sense that Glory could actually do the things that she does and this doesn’t often come with the way many female characters are proportioned. A splash page with Glory kicking a tank into submission while holding a severed limb encapsulates the character’s capabilities perfectly.”
Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources: :”Although both the art and the story work exceptionally well by itself, there seems to be a tonal disconnect between the writing and art. Campbell’s work is delightfully over the top but almost begs for someone to make a joke or the story to take itself slightly less seriously. Meanwhile, Keatinge’s story has set up a creative premise but it’s played slightly too straight for such unflinching, eye-popping visuals — like Glory punching a tank, or breaking an enemy soldier in half.”
Chris Sims, ComicsAlliance: “But the story that they’re telling doesn’t feel like a retread of either Wonder Woman or Moore’s reconstruction of Supreme. What they do in this book, and more importantly the way they do it, feels like something bold and new and different. As much as Extreme Studios may have been a symbol of the excesses of the early ’90s, this book doesn’t feel like a throwback. It feels like what’s next.”