Extended one-shot collecting issues 1-4 (complete series)
Publisher: DC Comics
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Gary Erskine
Coloured by Brian Reber
Allegedly this book was dismissed by its very own writer. If this is indeed the case then it is totally undeserved. While I”ll be the first person to acknowledge that this is not Warren”s best work, it remains a pretty solid effort nonetheless. If intelligence agencies, anti terrorist units, spy works and TV shows of the 24 variety tickle your fancy then do give this one a go.
Set in a post September 11 setting, the titular Jack Cross is one-man anti terrorism unit. A liberal activist on one side and a bad ass interrogator that gets the job done by any means necessary on the other, Jack Cross is a complicated man. His methods are brutal yet efficient and in this book he is hired to clear an inter-departmental mess.
The pacing of the story is spot on, and although there is nothing ground breaking on offer here, if you enjoy these kind of stories then you will find this entertaining.
Gary Erskine”s dynamic sense of drawing make the neat action sequences on offer a joy to be hold. Well worth picking up just for this. Reber”s colouring adequately complements the Erskine”s style.
Since only the first arch of this book was published there are certain elements which are not thoroughly developed. This is a bit of a shame because this book shows plenty of potential even though it is never fully realized here. Perhaps if this book was continued it would have elevated itself into something big, but as it stands it a solid effort worth checking out.
Chris Le Galle
Note: Gary Erskine will be at the Malta Comic Con 2011 on the 26th and 27TH November. So make sure to be there too.