Black Summer #3

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Juan Jose Ryp Publisher: Avatar Press Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 1
7.0Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Due to one crucial error in judgment, the bodies of American soldiers litter the streets of an American city, the Seven Guns are being hunted by both public and secret authorities, and the clock keeps ticking towards the point where John Horus will simply wipe American society away and start all over again if he feels like it. And Tom Noir realizes no-one's had time to ask the real question: WHY did Horus kill the President?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Oct 16, 2007

    If there's one criticism that I have of this story, it's that Ellis seems to have kicked things off with Black Summer's most dramatic event, before continually narrowing the focus of the series, undercutting the tense, high-stakes atmosphere of the first couple of issues. In fact, the book abandons a wider perspective on the conflict altogether with this chapter, concentrating almost exclusively on the rebel group of superheroes. This might be an advantage in terms of building up the individual characters of the Seven Guns, but it risks losing sight of the event which was the catalyst of the entire story in the first place. Whilst I'm not averse to Ellis spending time with his characters at the expense of big, hollow action sequences, I do think that the book would benefit from an occasional update of how the world's reaction to Horus' actions is playing out, even if it isn't the main focus of the series. However, this is obviously an intentional choice by Ellis rather than an accident Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 10, 2007

    Don't get me wrong, Black Summer has the potential to turn itself around and deliver something new and exciting. At this point, however, it appears like we're in the midst of the fiction equivalent of a freefall - a story that starts with a fantastic and original concept and proceeds to wander downhill into boring and familiar territory. Read Full Review

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