Chico Comics Page Review: Quarry’s War #3
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Max Allan Collins
Illustrator: Edu Menna
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Tom Williams
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Let me begin by saying that I am not familiar with Collins as a writer or his character known as “Quarry.” When tasked with reviewing this issue, I took it upon myself to read the first two issues to bring myself up to speed. After finishing this one, I realized that it’s not a bad story by any means, but it’s just a book that is not for me. In this series, you are being told two stories of Quarry’s life: his past in the military and the present as a contract killer. Usually when an author tells a story this way, it’s to show how the past and present will connect in some way. That’s exactly what happened at the end of this last issue. Quarry and his boss, the Broker, meet and he is given an assignment to take out a former soldier buddy of his. Some of the dialogue that Collins gave the characters seemed a little awkward at times, but I was still able to keep up with what was going on in the story. However, I felt bad at times for Quarry. Between seeing the worst aspects of humanity during his time in the military to coming home to his wife who was cheating on him, Quarry has been through a lot. Collins made me feel something there and I will give him that. Like I said, my problem isn’t the story or the characters, it’s just not the kind of comic I like to read. I am sure if you are a huge fan of military stories with a modern twist then you might enjoy this.
The art by Edu Menna is more along the realistic side of the spectrum and it could make you feel like you were watching an action drama television series. I did not mind it and I was able to follow along with the characters and story just fine. I think the cool part about it was seeing the difference between the past and the present. When Quarry was in Vietnam, the colors by Guy Major were darker for the most part unless there were fiery explosions and things like that. The present is a complete 180 where everything seems very vibrant. I felt that I enjoyed more of Quarry’s time in Vietnam because it reminded me a lot of the movie Rambo with Sylvester Stallone. Quarry being a sniper was really interesting because it paralleled his skills of being a contract killer. It seemed that Quarry would scope out his target and thoroughly investigate all ways of killing him before taking the shot. Not to mention that in Vietnam, Quarry was trying to take out a woman who used knives to torture people in the most gruesome ways possible called the Dragon Lady. Tom William’s lettering made the reading more digestible and there were no problems there.
Overall, this comic has its ups and downs depending on the interests of the reader looking into it. Personally, I am not a fan of stories like this one. I’m not as familiar with the writer’s work so maybe that was where there was another disconnect for me. However, this book isn’t bad by any means. I was still able to feel for the main character of Quarry and his motives. The art was seemed to be a blend of realistic mixed with an Archer animation type style that reminded me of a television action series or the movie Rambo at times. I would say that if any of what I said interests you about this book, give the first couple issues a shot and see what you think.
A former sniper in the military, now contract killer, code-named Quarry, struggles with a recent assignment given to him by his boss known as the Broker. His mission is to take out a former buddy from his platoon back in the day. Will he be able to pull the trigger or will his conscience get the best of him?
Ready. Aim. Fire. Quarry’s War #3 displays the past and present of a former military sniper, now contract killer. This issue starts to develop a conflict within the character of Quarry due to his current predicament of having to take out his former military buddy. The art is realistic with a touch of animation, making you feel as if you are watching a television action series. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a goatee on the beard scale, which is a 5/10.
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