The rise and fall, up and down, back and forward cliche is a story that has been told so many different ways. When approaching the storytelling convention like this one, a big twist is needed. Luckily Gamma provides one. However the twist does not quite suck me in like I wanted it too. The main problem with this series can boiled down to one basic thing. The main character presented in this comic is not likable at all In the small bit of time we spend with him. In a series like Hawkeye, the Clint Barton cannot stop doing good against all odds that are faced at him in the series. The official text from Dark Horse explains what you need to know about the comic,
Dusty Keztchemal is a pathetic coward. He failed the entire planet, and now, the only way he can make a living is by getting punched in the face for money. But when a beautiful stranger wanders into his saloon looking for help, Dusty thinks he can conjure up the man he once was—the greatest monster trainer in the world!
When we first see Dusty he is getting punched in the face and the reader is not given a reason to care about him. In the very next scene he is literally going to a brothel, then we learn he is cheating on his wife. The man also killed his best friend for goodness sake, he is just not a lovable scoundrel. A Pokemon aspect is present in the book that makes the series slightly more interesting. The way it is utilized is still incredibly depressing and feels like a missed opportunity.
Ulises Farinas delivers some interesting indie flavored artwork with a few twists on the conventional formula. Lines are rounded and panels very large, backgrounds also look quite good the times when they have lots of detail. The Pokemon and power ranger combination are visually dazzling towards the eye. Art wise there is a lot to like about this book.
Gamma has some great artwork, and uninspiring writing. The series can not be recommended with so many other great titles littering the stands.
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