Danger Club: A Review

There is a cosmic evil approaching Earth. To fight this threat, the world’s superheroes have left to fight it. They failed. The evil is still coming. And only the remaining sidekicks and younger superheroes remain to defend the world. If they can get their shit together.

That isDanger Clubin a nutshell. I’m not sure what drew me to the title written by Landry Q. Walker with art by Eric Jones and colors by Robert Drake. Maybe the art? Maybe a fetish for indie comics? Regardless, it has taken me years to get around to checking the collected trade out thanks to interlibrary loan. Fortunately, I spent only a dollar compared to the ten dollars it would have cost me to buy the title. Why?

Because I strongly dislike this series.

I have come to realize thatDanger Club Volume One: Deathis little more than splatter gornography. Repetitive depictions of teenagers beating each other to bloody pulps is not something I’m interested in reading. Especially when the writing is subpar.

The narrative, so far, is a string of disjointed and cluttered scenes that rely on the reader’s (expected) prior knowledge of superhero comics to produce the narrative. Too much is going on at once without adequate world building.

In his introduction, Matt Fraction argues that Walker has moved past the need to expound what is going on in each scene. But, honestly, he has gone too far in the opposite direction without answering its promise.

Whatever promise the series has is also hampered by an extremely unsympathetic designated protagonist in Kid Vigilante. If you find the New 52 version of Tim Drake detestable, you will utterly despise this little douche. He takes the bad qualities of Red Robin and magnifies them several fold. The only movement towards making any of these characters (more little monsters) sympathetic comes in the final issue of the graphic novel as the Magician leaves a last message for his mother before his apparent death and Fearless Jack appears to show remorse for putting a bullet in the insufferable Kid Vigilante’s head. But these heart rending (and well done) moments come far too late to save the series.

Had the writing taken its time and introduced the characters better rather than relying on knowing the various characters’ inspirations to force sympathy and attachment, the series might have been something great.

While I dislike the narrative, I’m quite fond of the art. It is clean and well done. And the colors are wonderful. .

Danger Clubhas been on indefinite hiatus since April 2013. When it will return is unknown. What is clear, however, is that I won’t be returning to learn what happens next.

 

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Posted on June 30, 2014, in Books and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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