Review: ‘Storm Dogs’ #4

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The mystery on the planet Amaranth takes a breather this month as fighting ensues. There’s also torturing, big plot jumps out of nowhere, and treading water. Storm Dogs #4 shotgun-blasts its story all over the place.

WRITTEN BY: David Hine
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: 20 March 2013

This issue feels rushed and scattered. From the uninspired multi-colored cover (is it an alien mosh pit?) to the last-panel reveal/next-issue tease, this installment pushes the story along briskly and awkwardly. Scenes, characters, and story points jump out of nowhere and hobble themselves together to bring various plot lines to a head. Hine and Braithwaite seem to press shuffle on all elements of the story and let them fall where they may.

The themes of low-tech vs. high-tech, spiritual vs. logical, tribal vs. organizational all show up. Frankly this mystery is not making sense to me in this chapter. Maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous issue. Why is everyone on this backwater planet anyway? I hope it gets figured out because I have no idea. It’s too vague in some areas and way off topic in other spots. A prime example are the body-jumping sex rentals. Is this really going to be relevant later on? I’m not sure I want to know the answer.

The book is looking rougher and tougher by the issue. The story itself is pretty tough to swallow and follow. I’m hoping that this issue is the weak link in the chain holding “Storm Dogs” together. Nonetheless, that last panel hook will keep me interested to see how all this all makes sense.

2/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady