Black Sun #4

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Feb 2003 | Wildstorm

Writing: Marc Andreyko
Art: Trevor Scott
Colour: D-Rod | Darlene Royer for Wildstorm FX 
Letters: Jenna Garcia

Maggie knows the true identity of her father, but there’s no further explanation regarding this pearl or any other useful family history. Which is incredibly dumb.

After fighting with her father and plummeting a great distance, she ends up on the doorstep of her boyfriend, Nathan’s, house and tells him what happened. He then tells her what he learned about the wrist dragons, radiation, and no known factory.

Later, Maggie has a dream that serves no purpose other than to fill a few frames. It’s about some prophecy, but it’s only a few frames and she wakes up before learning anything of value.

Zhao visits Nathan at work, dribble blue gunk from his nose and mouth, and kidnaps him. Meanwhile, the true purpose of the wrist dragons is seen as all the children with them turn into demons and start wreaking havoc on the city. Maggie goes to deal with it and after getting in a pinch, Nathan arrives to her rescue and takes her to her father.

Ugh. This series is not improving at all an I know all hope of ever knowing what’s going on and more importantly why, is gone.  So stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I don’t know why I keep on reading this. It isn’t as if anything changes. It’s the same bad art and same dumb story of previous issues.

It’d be nice to know the family history. What is this pearl? Why in that past vision did there seem to be more? What exactly are her family, andy what is it daddy dearest is trying to achieve? We just have all these arbitrary things happening that don’t amount to anything. This is supposed to be a complete story, but reads like a fragment. Some chunk at the ending of a bigger story with all the important bits chopped out.

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Black Sun #3

Jan 2003 | Wildstorm

Writing: Marc Andreyko
Art: Trevor Scott
Colour: Udon
Letters: Jenna Garcia

Maggie’s father is rushed to the hospital and is in critical care. SHortly after visiting the hospital, Maggie and her boyfriend are attacked by demons and she uses the power of the pearl to defeat them. Suddenly realising what her mother had been painting, she visits her and the magic of the pearl reveals jumbled images of her mother’s past raising questions of her relationship with her uncle. Angry, she visits her uncle to demand the truth and the real identity of her father is revealed.

There are parts of the issue that don’t make any sense. We see this full page mess of images, likely her mother’s memories. There are what appears to be other pearls, a conflict, and what looks like her uncle sleeping with her mother at the age she is now.

When we learn the identity of her real father, it makes no sense. He didn’t appear in the image at all, unless he was changing his appearance every time.

This is a terrible book. The art is still the same, so I still hate it, and this story is getting dumber at every page turn. Ugh. Two more issues and I can be rid of it for good.

Black Sun #2

Dec 2002 | Wildstorm

Writing: Marc Andreyko
Art: Trevor Scott
Colour: Udon
Letters: Sergio Garcia | Jenna Garcia

Maggie’s suspended from the force as a result of her grandstanding at the warehouse stand-off on her day off. She and her father visit her mothe rin a care facility and bad blood between him and his brother Zhao flare into threats.

While at home, Maggie receives a strange necklace as a gift and assumes it was from her boyfriend on assignment in Tibet, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Finally, Zhou is linked to the case and a confrontation between him and Commander Sun end badly.

The only thing I liked about this comic was the prostitute getting her neck broken by Mr. Big Bad Guy. The story pick up, but it’s predictability renders it dull and boring.

The art I really dislike. It’s inconsistent. Some panels the character’s kind of look Asian, in others, they just look funky. It’s really messy and horrible.

Still not impressed with is and not expecting any improvements.

Black Sun #1

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Nov 2002 | Wildstorm

Writing: Marc Andreyko
Art: Trevor Scott
Colour: Udon
Letters: Sergio Garcia | Jenna Garcia

Maggie Sun is an inspector working for the Hong Kong Police Department under the rule of her father. After a romantic interlude with her boyfriend, a news story catches her eye sending her out the door and into a strange event linking the latest toy craze, wrist dragons, to the strange monsters responsible for a warehouse massacre.

I’m not very impressed with this in any way. The art really bothers me. I don’t like how the characters look, I don’t like how messy it is, and sometimes I’m not sure what I’m looking at in a panel. I shouldn’t have to scan over a page to figure out order or what I’m looking at. It’s not terrible, but still an annoyance.

The writing’s all right, but the story doesn’t interest me in the least. I pretty much feel I’m reading a funky cartoon with a few adult elements inserted to try and make it better. This was my lesson in never subscribing to anything I’ve never read, no matter how many issues there are. And also, never pick up more than you can read before the next splurge.

This is another “ugh” and “yawn” for the books.

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