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Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters #2

August 30, 2006

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Parts 9-14
Rating: T+

To find his son, Jack Berkley seeks out some old friends.

Concept By: Jack Kirby
Writers: Lisa Kirby, Michael Thibodaux, Steve Robertson & Richard French
Art: Michael Thibodeaux, Karl Kesel & Scott Hanna with Jack Kirby & Mike Royer
Colors: Wil Quintana
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Jack Kirby, Karl Kesel & Wil Quintana
Publisher: Marvel Comics/Icon

After a strong opening, the second issue of Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters is a little bit of a letdown. This is more or less the obligatory “gathering of forces” issue, where we see Jack “Mainframe” Berkley on his quest across the galaxy, reassembling his old team to join him on the rescue mission to save his son.

Ostensibly, this is the section where we not only really get to meet our characters, but also learn a bit more about the universe the story takes place in. We do see a lot, but unfortunately, the stuff we see is all pretty pedestrian. The Galactic Bounty Hunters world looks like a pretty standard science fiction universe from this issue – the sultry cat-woman, the lizard-men, the robots, the monsters… There’s nothing wrong with any of it, but there’s nothing particularly outstanding either.

The best stuff in the writing comes through the humor. There are several good one-liners and funny snippets of dialogue, and a couple of nice twists to the stereotypes of the aliens. The humor in this issue is actually one of the bigger selling points, whereas it was only a small facet of the first issue. That kind of fundamental shift in the tone may be a little jarring when the story is read in collected form (which is apparently how it’s really intended).

The artwork continues to be a big sell. Thibodeaux, along with Karl Kesel, Scott Hanna and Mike Royer, do an excellent job of imitating Kirby’s classic style. The space scenes in particular are very evocative of the sort of starscapes Kirby would grace his pages with.

Now that we’ve got all our characters in place, I expect next issue will have a lot more meat to it. As it is, this second issue comes across as necessary, but not quite as exciting as it could be.

Rating: 7/10

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