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Happy #4

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
6.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Christmas is here and the bad men are about to open their presents! It's showdown time but can Nick Sax save the day without Happy to help him - or will he screw this up like everything else? You must not miss the blood-drenched conclusion of our heartwarming Yuletide classic!

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Liam Jose Feb 19, 2013

    This is unfiltered Morrison crazy, and it's excellent. I'd be happier if he just did independent stuff from now on. This is how you craft comics - with joy, with, anger, grit, satire and empathy for your characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Feb 21, 2013

    That's not to say that this issue isn't a good read. Given the premise of the book, some readers probably wouldn't be surprised by the way it turned out. The grandiose climax that we hoped for just seems to flatline and barely justify all the visual gratuity. Happy! seems toprobably read better in a collected format, so readers wondering about the series should grab all the issues at once or wait for the trade paperback. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 25, 2013

    That makes it hard to get into a story but the overall story that Morrison and Robertson produced does a good enough job of getting their point cross. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 22, 2013

    While the ending was not the most surprising one that Morrison has ever written, the final issue of Happy manages to bring us some neat and fun concepts through his violence, adding some excellent art by Darick Robertson to enhance the whole deal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Feb 24, 2013

    With Grant Morrison slowly pulling out of the capes business, Happy has been one of the best examples of where his current strengths lie. Never over-staying its welcome at a mere four issues, this Christmas cracker (sort of) has kept us off-balance for much of this singular story about a washed-up detective pursuing a kiddie killer with the help of a small blue winged horse called Happy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Andrew Sadowski Feb 20, 2013

    On the surface, Happy is merely an average read, but when you look closer it's an extremely well executed parody that's well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 20, 2013

    Hot off the heels of his recent existential crisis, this issues sees Happy getting his groove back and he's even sassier and infinitely less annoying once he lets his hair down. The mini-series has ostensibly been about one man's journey to self-actualization with the help of a flying blue hallucination but Happy #4 shows us that the road to self-awareness is a two way street as both Nick Sax and Happy prove that they never needed the feather to fly because they had it in them to be heroes the whole time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Robert Bernstein Feb 26, 2013

    Darick Robertson's artwork is very creative in this dark tale. Aside from the priest punching, and Santa injecting on the toilet, there is (of course) the blue little hallucination that is Happy. There's something for everyone, right? Robertson's detailed and dark artwork lends itself perfectly to Morrison's writing, and I particularly enjoyed the awesome artwork during the priest versus Nick panels. Happy! #4 is certainly a mixed bag. You'll find some goodies in there, but there are some duds as well. If you can look past the excessive adult language, it's well worth the pick-up. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Mar 18, 2013

    This series has sold very well and has been received well critically, so it's likely Grant Morrison will be writing for Image Comics again, which I don't object to. When the man is on his game, he can produce gems like Batman and Robin. Let's just hope in his next Image title, Morrison indulges in less curses and answers more questions. Until then, this has been a very unhappy, but entertaining, Christmas story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone Feb 20, 2013

    I dearly hope that Happy! will function better in a collected format. Such presentation should certainly benefit some of the plot elements that spend most of their time on the back burner. The choice of Darick Robertson as artist for this series was inspired. As a solitary offering from Morrison, however, it's an interesting exercise, but is ultimately neither as impressive nor as powerful as some of his other creator-owned work. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    WhatCulture - Christopher Jones Feb 21, 2013

    Calling Happy noir would be too easy. Of course it has those elements, but it never feels like a truly noir experience. Instead, it feels like something that is trying to emulate modern works that were marketed as having noir aspects. I would consider the ending to be a happy one, but given the fate of some characters it might be seen otherwise. Like I said before, despite the cliche premise and storytelling Happy wasn't exactly bad, but it never realized its full potential. This is the kind of story that is best suited for more than four issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 21, 2013

    With a stereotypical conclusion and a lackluster epilogue, "Happy!" #4 doesn't even end on a strong note once we've finally reached the conclusion. Morrison and Robertson's creator-owned project started out with a strong first chapter, but it's unfortunately fallen prey to the world of diminishing returns, ones that are even harder to ignore due to the production delays (this issue was supposed to ship two months ago, making the Christmas imagery feel a little out of place now). Robertson's contributions are ultimately the saving grace of "Happy!" and if you're a fan of his art, you'll be pleased. I love the idea of Morrison unleashing a horde of new creator-owned mini-series on the world, but future ones will need to be a bit more cohesive than this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Feb 20, 2013

    It’s an ending as they say. It’s not terrible, but it’s very forgettable and honestly no one will remember this book by the end of the year. There really was one goal in mind for this story when it was made, let’s get it to Hollywood. It takes no risks and honestly was the most un-Grant Morrison thing he’s ever written and sadly the entire project is a bit amateurish. If you’ve stuck with it this long then you’ll probably want to finish it, but just know that whatever your guess for the ending… you’re probably right, so right that you could save yourself the money. Read Full Review

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