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Broken Pieces #5 [Aspen Comics] Review

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Posted on December 13, 2012 AT 11:57am

The end of this series is here at last, with the release of the fifth and final issue of Aspen Comics’ Broken Pieces. The series about a bio-chemical apocalypse and the husband-wife duo who are tasked by the Trinion Corporation to fix is has hit its final stride, and things are ending with exciting results.

Richard and Gabriella Adams have been through quite a bit thus far, but Ludas, the man in charge of Trinion, isn’t quite done with them yet. The monster that Richard has become is shown as being more mortal than he seems, and Ludas has a few surprises of his own as he tries to finish the hostile takeover of the cure Gabriella created, as well as finishing them off in the process. The story so far has been a great mix of science fiction and human emotion in the atmosphere of a global collapse, and it’s been a great ride. The story is emotionally gripping and well-done, with very little left to want in this type of tale.

Writer Mark Roslan has taken readers on a roller-coaster ride that pushes the borders of many comic book stereotypes, and the series is much better off for it. Gabriella, while not the main focus for much of the series, is the hero here, and while Richard may not look too cuddly, the man he is underneath the changes to his body proves that all is not how it looks at first glance. The writing is solid and the characters are great, with Roslan writing a gripping and action-filled story and throwing in some major heartbreak inside of it.

Cory Smith, Beth Sotelo and Josh Reed have done the book a great service after jumping into the series half-way through (after the departure of original artist Micah Kaneshiro). The artwork is classic Aspen, with a greater attention to detail and shading than in many other titles. The characters are well-drawn, and for a series that has a sci-fi twist that features monsters and all other types of craziness, that’s something to be proud of. There’s very little for most of the issue when it comes to drawing backgrounds, however, which makes it a focus on characters, though some more expansion on non-human elements would have added another dimension to the series.

Summary: Backgrounds or no backgrounds (answer: no backgrounds), this was a great series from start to finish. Ending in an explosive and emotional way, Broken  Pieces is one of the best series of this year. Reading it from the first to the final issue was glorious, and thankfully, the ending didn’t disappoint.

The Good: Strong Writing And Artwork

The Bad: Backgrounds? What Backgrounds?

The Ugly: Xander. You’ll figure it out.

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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