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The Possessed #5

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy

“Without God”

Writer: Geoff Johns and Kris Grimminger
Artist: Liam Sharp

Publisher: Wildstorm/Cliffhanger

This is a title that is carefully walking a tightrope between serious character work in a dark fantasy setting and stupid exploitation art in a goofy-ass “we’re fighting the devil” story. Sometimes it works, and when it does I love it. However, a lot of the time (more and more, as the story goes on, actually) it’s becoming the second type of story. There are more big tits and muscular asses in this book than are really necessary. We even get to see some nipple this month. The art is getting sloppy sometimes, too. The scene where the possessed kids are racing toward our heroes is just bad, unless they’re running down a tube instead of the hallway they were in just moments earlier. At the same time, the visualizations of the possessed townsfolk are pretty disturbing and do a good job of demonstrating how the demons are able to manipulate the flesh of the living.

The story is really going nowhere. After five issues of build-up, I assume that we’re going to have one issue of resolution. I’m sure there will be repercussions if the series goes on after that, but I’m not really interested in them. I’m not really interested in any of the characters. None of them are really likeable, which isn’t a requirement, but they’re not charismatic enough to enjoy not liking them, either. They’re all just ciphers, not characters. I think they were probably designed for their visual impact before their personalities were given any attention. At least, that’s what it seems like month after month.

I’ll probably get the next issue just to finish off the story, but that’ll do it for me. It just doesn’t seem worth the investment. It relies too much on clichés and big tits. I’m sure there’s an audience for that, it’s just not me.

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