Created on August 1, 2012
and written by Category
: Boom Studios Reviews
, Comic Book Reviews
Publisher Name: Boom! Studios
Publisher Website: www.boom-studios.com/
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Pencils: Jeffrey Edwards
Number of Pages: 22
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.
WE LOST. THEY WON. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Nox and Red Reaper continue their trek across the ravaged American countryside, amassing former friends and foes for the ultimate battle of resistance. But when old grievances rear their ugly heads, will the alliance survive the journey intact, or will it be torn apart from the inside out? Written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES), EXTERMINATION is a superhero survival story by an author that boldly explores the dark crevices of an entire genre. Don’t forget to ask your local retailer about the rare CGC 9.8 near mint variant by John Cassaday!
Upon hearing of this title I was quite excited to check it out. After reading issue 1, I have to say I was fairly letdown. Issue 2 was quite dramatically better than issue 1, redeeming the the series for what the first installment lacked. But, unfortunately, not redeeming it fully.
The odd thing is that while I am not loving this comic at the moment, it has nothing to do with the job the creative team is doing with it. Extermination is well written, expertly drawn, and paced brilliantly. On top of that, there is high action, spot on humor, and epicness of epic proportions. I think where the problem lies is in the characters, for me at least. While I can enjoy the characters for what they are, I am having a hard time feeling as if I know them and, ergo, really caring about them. I will say this, the character growth in issue 2 was quite substantial compared to issue 1. Perhaps the fact that the story starts in the thick of things and doesn’t get to character development until a bit into the story is the biggest issue in regards to this problem.
Bottom line(cause Stonecold said so): Not a bad comic, not a great comic. I could see Extermination heading in an amazing direction by the time they hit issue 6, but I just don’t feel it’s there yet. But, it’s selling well, so if you see it in a shop thumb through it for yourself!
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