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Quick Critiques – Nov. 12, 2008

Black Terror #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross & Mike Lilly

It’s been two or three months since I read an issue of Project: Superpowers, the limited series from which this title spins off. Black Terror clearly isn’t meant to stand up entirely on its own; instead, it follows one plot thread from the main title. As a result, some of the storytelling is a little difficult to follow. Krueger’s script provides from exposition, certainly enough to reveal the political undertones of the property. While I wasn’t completely lost, I was thirsting for more background information. Still, the narration paints a picture of the title character as a man defined by his anger, his regrets and the mistakes he’s made in the past. There’s an odd disconnect in the middle of the story; the fight scene seems to erupt from out of nowhere. Artist Mike Lilly’s style is much different than it was the last time I saw it (which I think was on Nightwing a few years ago). The exaggerated qualities I remember are toned down, as he’s clearly aiming for a more realistic look. That makes sense, as there’s an obvious effort to make this book visually consistent with other Project: Superpowers comics and Alex Ross’s overall, photorealistic painting style. It’s possible that the confusing break in the middle of the issue stems from a failing of the art rather than the script; it’s not clear either way. There’s certainly potential in Krueger and Ross’s take on this public-domain, Golden Age super-hero, but the execution here is lacking. 4/10

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