The GeeksverseIron Siege #1 – Advanced Review

Iron Siege #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 by

Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: James Abraham and Andrew Hong
Art by: Trevor Goring
Colored by: Grant Goleash
Lettered by: Bob Pinaha
Edited by: Tom Waltz
Cover by: Tim Bradstreet

When I first heard about this series I was intrigued. Granted it was another zombie book and I’m definately not a fan of zombies even before this mass swarm of zombie books we’ve been getting the last couple years. But this one had me interested because of the premise, the Allies and Germans having to work together during World War 2 to stop the zombies.

This issue didn’t live up to my expectations though.

It’s not that the premise is bad, it’s that the script and pacing aren’t that good. The issue has alot of jumps in the action, odd camera angles, and definate flow issues. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s the script or the art at fault, but this time it’s the script that comes up short.

The pacing is just bad. And the tone of the captions, the few there are, just don’t fit in with the story. The captions have a lighter tone where the story is darker.

The writing team does do a good job at creating the animosity between the American and German soldiers. This is a plus because that conflict is needed to help propel the rest of the series, when the two enemies have to work together.

Although the set-up for the two having to work together comes too quickly and too forced. It’s not natural. It doesn’t feel right that the Americans would turn to their German prisoners so quickly.

And the subplot of the Sargeant being new and his command not accepting him yet? Aside from the German Colonel’s comment there’s no indication that this exists. The men follow him, without question and comment.

Aside from the couple well done moments, the rest of the script is forced and the overall story doesn’t flow, suffering from to much jumpiness.

Normally a jarring scene is the fault of the artist, but in this case I think Goring does the best he can with what he has to work with. His style fits this type of story. There are some moments where his storytelling suffers and his characters lack defining characteristics, at least the ones that don’t have scars or glasses.

Iron Siege #1 receives
2.5 out of 5

What could have been a good concept suffers from poor execution.

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