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Broken Pieces #4 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on October 2, 2012 AT 09:46pm

The end is almost near, and things are coming to an explosive end in Aspen Comics’ Broken Pieces. After a bit of a break in between the limited run, the series has picked back up in the last few issues, picking up where it left off and continuing to deliver on the promise of a hard-hitting series full of intrigue, bio-terrorism and a long journey that is nearly over.

Writer Mark Roslan has really hit it out of the park with this series, even with the long layover. The series is gripping and very interesting, with a developed story full of characters that a reader can actually care about. In the post-apocalyptic world where radiation is killing everyone, Gabriella Adams is charged with creating a cure by her employer, Trinion. With the help of her husband Richard, she completes the task, which opens a whole new world of problems that are finally coming to a conclusion in the fourth issue. Richard continues to fight for his life in more ways than one, as Gabriella deals with the fallout of the knowledge she learned about Trinion, the series is on divergent paths, but the gap seems to be narrowing.

Cory Smith and Beth Sotelo have also done a great job with the artwork. It’s signature Aspen style, but it presents a pleasing visual aesthetic that the reader is sure to enjoy. It could do with some more vibrant coloring and a more refined touch (seeing this with the art styles of some of the bigger companies would be interesting visually, though could detract from the story itself), but coupled with the story, the series stands apart from many other series in the Aspen catalog.

Despite all the positive attributes of the series, there are some things that could do better, artwork excluded. Pacing issues are relatively consistent in a lot of books (nearly all, in most cases, as things flow differently from reader to reader), and while many times it pacing is too slow, in this case, things move a bit too fast. From one place to another, things seem to jump at points, hitting a plot point and then moving on before completely explaining the reasons for it being there in the first place. It isn’t often, but there are a few jumps within this issue where this happens, making the reader have to go back and double check that they caught everything (which is a terrific technique, if done intentionally).

Summary: While the book has a few minor issues, this series is terrific, with a great story that is both interesting and emotionally involving. With a story that really catches the reader, artwork that supports the story well, and characters that have an air of true humanity in them, Broken Pieces is a book unlike any other in the Aspen library, and its ability to stand out makes it even more interesting to read.

The Good: Great Story, Interesting Characters

The Bad: Small Pacing Issues

The Ugly: N/A

Score: 9.0

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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