Synopsis: Bob Benton’s had an adventurous life, but it isn’t without its tragedies. Now he must face a mistake he made years ago, and it will determine the fate of Black Terror!
Review: This issue was a little too soap opera for my tastes.
In this issue, Bob Benton pays a visit to an old flame in order to give his son the truth about him and his depression. What unfolds feels rather more soap opera than action-adventure as the story takes a deep dive into what makes Bob Benton tick and how his son is the perfect reflection of that. As the story unfolds Bob tells his son Robby about the circumstances that led up to his birth. About how a run-in he had with a Mad Scientist in war-torn Poland of The Second World War curse any offspring that he would ever have.
Ruairi Coleman’s art in this issue was fairly good if not a little bit stayed due to the static nature of most of the story. Which isn’t so much the fault of the artist, but more a case of just working with what you have. Which is a fairly static conversation between father and son that dictates most of the issue. Visually. It only really got interesting and a little more fun when we were flashed back to the Second World War, which is when Coleman’s work came alive.
An interesting story, which took a little too long to warm up. The idea was good, but the execution and pacing failed to really pull me in all that much. I found it really difficult to sympathize with Bob’s son Robby given that the first we see of him is him doing drugs and generally being a waste of space. There was no context as to why he was like this until he made mention of it and then it just seemed like normal everyday stuff. I’ve personally suffered depression and come out the other side of it and the reasons behind my downward spiral were a lot more complex than,’ my girlfriend dumped me and life is shit’ speech that Robby gives his father.
The only redeeming part of the story for me was the Flashback. Now has the book been focused on that story as opposed to the soap opera that we got here. I’d have been a little happier. But it just seemed like the story was kind of disjointed in that the writer was trying to do far too much in just one issue.