The Massive #4

The Massive #4

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Garry Brown Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 9
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Searching for essential supplies in a post-Crash black market, Callum Israel struggles to maintain his moral code in a new world where survival requires working within the gray area. But can this environmentalist’s pacifism survive in a violent world when a ghost from his past as a corporate mercenary resurfaces?

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 14, 2012

    The world building in the series, is what I'm most impressed with. Wood has decimated the planet, but not in simplified form, like your typical zombie apocalypse or whathaveyou. Instead Wood approaches the new world order from all angles, looking at commerce and borders, technology and infrastructure, governments and organized crime and many other strands that form the complex web of global society. Wood isn't interested in a simplified world, he wants this new world to be as complex to navigate as the old one. Through the book's central story as well as keenly designed and deftly orchestrated backmatter Wood really weaves a post-apocalyptic society that never actually went through an apocalypse. It may wind up a total Libertarian fantasy, but we're only four issues deep so far, so I guess we'll see. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 12, 2012

    Artist Garry Brown steps in for Kristian Donaldson on this arc. Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying Brown's work more in some ways. His style resembles the likes of John Paul Leon and brings an added sense of grit and texture to the characters. Facial work is expressive when it needs to be, yet it's often body language that conveys the bulk of the emotion in these panels. Meanwhile, Dave Stewart's colors lend a sense of consistency and regularity to the issue.Clearly, Wood has more than one talented artistic collaborator on this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Sep 10, 2012

    The Massive is on the forefront of what everyone will be writing like in a couple of years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Matt Wilkins Sep 12, 2012

    Regardless, the adventure that is The Massive continues to be part mystery, part cautionary-tale, part textbook, part character study, part new-western, and all around fascinating read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Sep 10, 2012

    The Massive keeps moving the slow and steady route, delivering a steady stream of information in two different time periods, giving the reader a stark contrast of what was and what currently is. The pacing could be a bit better, and the artwork, while very much along the styles of many other Dark Horse titles, does leave a bit to be desired, but fits well in the world it is depicting. All is not well in the post-Crash world, nor is it in The Massive, but while the crew of The Kapital struggle to survive, readers should be pleasantly surprised at how such a slow-moving book is still so interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Sep 17, 2012

    As usual, Brian Wood and his collaborators have turned in an issue they can be pleased with. Many a creator-owned series has lost its footing by the time the first few issues are out of the way, and the draw of the book's concept has had to concede audience attention to the plot and characters, but "The Massive" #4 is as fresh as it ever was. Encouragingly good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Sep 4, 2012

    Brian Wood delivers great, real world dialogue in this issue and there is some great tough guy one-liners being spat between Callum and Arkady, that fans of Wood's DMZ would like. I'm enjoying the pace of these books, and looking forward to finding out what happens on their next journey. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 12, 2012

    This is yet another strong issue in one of the best series of 2012. While this issue is slower than most, Wood is setting up what could be a fantastic arc that you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 11, 2012

    Regardless of who pencils this series, its still Brian Wood’s baby and I’ll be there to sample every page. Read Full Review

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