Review: A Stumbling Leap For ‘Adventureman’ #4

by Benjamin Hall


Adventureman’s successor steps into the role as evil again breaks loose. But is this the start of a battle or the end of the new beginning?


The cover is less spectacular than any of the previous issues’ covers. However, it is still somewhat in the style of a pulp novel character. In fact it is very similar to the cover of Bantam’s reprint of Doc Savage The Man of Bronze (1964). Even the color palette has a certain juxtaposition to that Doc Savage cover. Yet, it is still not as attention-grabbing as the past covers of Adventureman. Therefore, some potential readers may ignore this issue on the stands.

Penciler and colorist Terry Dodson and inker Rachel Dodson’s work is as spectacular as ever. In terms of the cohesiveness of the inks to the pencils, there are few that do better. Also, the characters are still consistently on model. There is one problem in that there are a few places where the inks and colors seem to clash a tiny bit. Meaning that some dark bits of hair have a slight transparency. Yet, in the grand scheme of comic book creation this is a very minor flaw. While the design of the credits page by designer Leonardo Olea is still good, it could look brighter in order to feel more inviting.

The script by writer Matt Fraction is still brilliant in characterization. Also the over-arcing plot progresses at a faster pace in this issue. Yet, the script seems to stumble a bit when it comes to certain transitions. Not to mention one of the latter scenes has characters seemingly talking to each other, but at the same time not. This is a little bit jarring though not so much as to fully dislodge a reader with experience. However, readers lacking experience, particularly when it comes to comics, might have more of a problem. Lastly, letterer Clayton Cowles does a great job with the suggestion of vocal volumes via font size.

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