Writers: Brandon Jerwa
Artist: Kevin Sharpe
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
ĎTwas a scant three weeks back that I not only read but also reviewed an issue of Dynamite Entertainment's Highlander series. In fact, as per SBC archives, it was posted on 2nd March 2007 which makes today (at the time of writing the review) the twelfth day since that post. What does all this mean? Well, nothing much. Other than giving me an opening passage, it is also a "smile bringer" for seeing a sooner release than a overly delayed one (as is the norm with some of the big boys of the comic world).
Right off the mark, I would like to begin by stating that going by fan feelings alone I would give this issue a big thumbs-up. By fan I mean one of Duncan Macleod. Having gotten my first Highlander exposure from the TV series starring this character (played to perfection by Adrian Paul), I lean more towards this member of clan Macleod than any other, including the main protagonist of this series, Conner. So, itís but natural that ever since I got my hands on issue #1, I was waiting for the issue with Duncan "visiting" his cousin, and that is exactly what we have here. Hence, the thumbs-up. Nevertheless, there is a negative side. Seeing as this series focuses on Conner, Duncanís presence is mainly to make for break time between the various flashback scenes and Connerís introspections regarding them.
As to what gets Conner reminiscing this time around, that is a major spoiler that I wonít be revealing here. Suffice to say, it is something very personal, which means even the flashbacks are mainly about and around other personal relations (both intimate and friendly) that Conner has had in his almost half a millennium long life. While the second flashback is fairly recent, set during World War II, the first one involves Connerís younger days, and is from the years he spent with his first wife, Heather Glencoe. Speaking of wives, maybe it was mentioned in the previous issues and I missed it, but in this issue we get to know about Conner and Brendaís nuptials. Moreover, from Duncanís apology (for not being able to attend the ceremony), it seems to have happened fairly recently.
Anytime a new creative team, story-wise or visual, comes on board itís a given that there are bound to be some settlement issues, both for the writers/artists in question and the readers. Same is the case with this issue with the duo of Kevin Sharpe (artist) and Simon Bowland (colors) replacing the previous artistic team. Compared to Lee Moderís "slim" style, Sharpeís characters tend to have broader, fuller faces with slightly rounded jaws and chins. This, however, doesnít always hold true for both Conner and Duncan who in more than a few panels are more than reminiscent of their movie/TV versions. However, in the end any conjecture about the future direction with this team is a wasted exercise. Next month we have another replacing this one.
Conclusion: A niggle about Duncan. Having read this issue, I came off feeling a bit ripped-off mostly because his portrayal here didnít quite match the one from the TV series (if only because of his "emotional detachment").
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