Saturday , May 25 2024
The “conclusion” to the splattery three-issue comic mini-series delivers on the flash but forgets about the character.

Reviews in Brief: Incarnate #3 by Nick Simmons and Nam Kim

After advertising itself as a three-book mini-series, the third ish of Nick (Son O’ Gene) Simmons and Nam Kim’s Incarnate (Radical Comics) has arrived with a big ol’ “To Be Continued” affixed to the bottom of its last story page. Pretty disappointing, especially since the third book is awash with demon/human fight scenes that deliver on the splatter but do little to advance either plot or character. Lots of double- and triple-crosses during the fightin’, but the only figure we halfway care about is the half-shaven demon Connor, who comes across the most fallible of these dueling baddies.

Our anti-hero, the immortal teen (is that a rock ‘n’ roll metaphor or wot?) Mot, spends much of the fight as a giant bat-winged monster: visually interesting but essentially characterless. While we’re given a glimpse of the demon lad’s background torment, it isn’t enough to elevate our interest in the character, who comes across more bratty than anything. Basically, this mini-series is about nasty non-humans battling nearly-as-nasty humans, and while the bloody spectacle has its moments — artist Kim provides lots of appealingly splashy fight panels that owe as much to early Marvel as they do manga fight comics — in the end, Incarnate proves as enduring as flashpot explosives in a heavy metal concert.

About Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman is a Books editor for Blogcritics. With his lovely wife Rebecca Fox, he has co-authored a light-hearted fat acceptance romance entitled Measure By Measure.

Check Also

White Savior

Comic Review: ‘White Savior’ by Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman

'White Savior' by Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman shows that history, and even the present, is not always as clear as it might seem.