M.K. Perker is another source of mixed emotions for me. I love his page layouts. Though he relies on a very traditional six panel structure, Perker's work is compelling and easy on the eyes. I only wish his figures were able to measure up. Thanks mostly to his flat, uniform inking style, the characters stand out in odd ways, almost like they were carved out of wood. This was a problem in Cairo as well, but it only becomes worse through the addition of color. I don't know if a separate inker would be able to turn things around, but I'd like to see vertigo give it a try. Air certainly has potential, but it really needs to be held on the runway for maintenance right now. Read Full Review
The strange thing is that I don't hate "Air" by any stretch of the imagination. I'm actually disappointed more than anything else. I wanted to like "Air" very much, and there's certainly a lot of potential here. But it feels like the wrong publishing strategy is being used on "Air," or at least the wrong approach taken to a serialized comic. I'll certainly check back in on later issues of "Air" because I'm hoping the advance praise (including a quote from Neil Gaiman, who seems to have also read multiple issues beforehand) bears out and things rapidly improve. But right now? It feels like a book that is determined to scare off its readers as quickly as possible. A false start can doom a new title from Vertigo; I think Mike Carey and Jim Fern's "Crossing Midnight" fell into that same trap, and by the time things picked up and really got rolling, no one was left to notice. The symbolism of "Air" opening with an airplane plunging to its destruction was not lost on me, not one bit. Read Full Review
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