Comic Book Reviews - Jack Hammer: Political Science Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews
Writer: Brandon Barrows
When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles onto a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress itself, and the trail takes him back into a world he left behind…
Murder, mystery, superhuman beings and so much more can be found in Jack Hammer: Political Science. The independent comic series by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic receives its first ever completed collected edition, courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment.
Jack Hammer: Political Science is now available for pre-order (Diamond Order Code APR120744) with a June 2012 release in comic book shops, and will also be available via Graphicly, Comics Plus (iVerse), Kindle, Kobo, Nook, the Apple Bookstore, Google Books and additional digital distribution outlets.
Now, anyone who has ever talked comics with me knows that I love artwork that looks like it was drawn. Anytime I can look at something on the page and think “Well, that was clearly done by a pencil” I get downright giddy. I have nothing against the admittedly amazing things that people can do with a computer these days, but, in my opinion, quality artwork takes a backseat to lighting and coloring effects that weren’t possible 10-15 years ago a bit too often. In this book a more simplistic approach was taken after the ink settled, relying more on good ol’ fashioned quality artwork. If that was a product of low funds, I hope these guys keep working on a ramen noodle budget for quite awhile. Ionic’s work is something I could easily get used to seeing more and more of.
I know what you’re thinking, “But Tommy, if you loved it that much, why a 4? Why not a 5 you evil, loathing, poodle-kicker!” First of all, I’ve kicked ONE poodle. Second of all, I think to give a 1 is to say the comic had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and to give a 5 is to say I found not a single thing which could have possibly been done better. Honestly, if I were to have reviewed this title issue by issue, the four collected in this trade would have gotten two 4′s and two 5′s. That’s far from a harsh judgment! I do feel the mystery could have been a little bit thicker, once you met a character it was kind of clear where they stood in the grand scheme of things. Also, There was one point where Jack just kind of stood around as something terrible happened to a victim he could have possibly saved and that felt a bit out of character to me.
Final word: When this baby comes out in June, check it out. Look up more online and pre-order the dang thing. If your local shops aren’t carrying it, special order it. I know, I’m really pushing it on you here, but not without good reason. If this title does well, it stands to reason that more issues will be made. And, damn it, I want to read more Jack Hammer!