The GeeksverseTotal Recall #1

Total Recall #1
Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by


Written by: Vince Moore
Art by: Cezar Razek
Colors: Salvatore Aiala
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Cover Art: A -Darick Robertson, B- Cezar Razek
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

The classic movie comes to comics.

This issue picks up right where the movie left off. Literally. Quaid and Melina have just killed Cohaagen and brought air to Mars. But of course there is no happy ending.

The script is very wordy. I don’t remember Quaid being this talkative or retrospective. The narrative is as if Quaid was telling someone the events from the future. There is alot of foreshadowing and “if I had only listened” moments to the story. In a way it kind of ruins the overall effect. When Eva speaks and Quaid narrates “if I had only listened” we are cued in that what Eva said was valuable and we know ot look for where it leads.

There’s no surprise.

This much foreshadowing takes away any build-up of the story. We have an idea what is coming so we know what to expect. It’s hand feeding us the story, not letting us come to our own conclusions. Everything is spelled out.

I should have watched the movie for a refresher because this issue acts like you remember the entire thing or it’s fresh in your mind. We don’t much of a recap. This is not a comic meant for new readers. This is meant only for those that watched the movie. It does promise to expand on the movie mythos, which is a good thing. But it’s not a new reader friendly book.

Rezak’s art is nice. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. The panels flow smoothly. There’s only a couple instances of odd perspectives or jarring motion and flow in the layout. His characters are pretty strong except he loses it in the backgrounds. They tend to lose their solidness and become rougher.

His Quaid bears enough of a resemblance to Arnold that you know this was the character that he played, but it’s different enough so there aren’t any likeness issues.

Total Recall #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Fans of the movie will enjoy this. But the narrative is too heavy handed with the foreshadowing.

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