Creator: Michael Benaroya
Writer: David Baxter & Dave Elliott
Pencils: Javier Aranda
Finishes: Garry Leach
Colorist: Jessica Kholinne of Imaginary Friends Studios
Cover Art: Tomm Coker
Editor: Dave Elliott
Publisher: Image Comics/Benaroya Publishing
Good for Image Comics – they’re taking advantage of a policy of mine that far too few publishers exercise. I call the policy “If You Price Your Comic Book at a Dollar Or Less, I Will At Least Buy One Issue.” It’s kind of wordy for the name of a policy, but there’s really no room for ambiguity there.
Anyway, the one-dollar debut of Marksmen recently gave me the chance to exercise it. Following the collapse of the United States after a “massive recession,” a civil war has plunged what’s left of the country into chaos and devestation. In this unspecified future, New San Diego was rebuilt by a group of Navy Seals, whose descendants – the Marksmen — protect their city from the horrors of the rest of the continent.
As a concept, the book has promise. The whole “following a massive recession” bit may be a little on-the-nose, but the idea of one last bastion of civility in a wasteland is one that has promise. Sadly, the execution is lacking. The script is dull, the characters are totally unmemorable, and the revelation about “Lone Star” is even more on-the-nose than the concept. The artwork isn’t bad – Javier Aranda and Garry Leach can tell a story visually – but it isn’t enough to make me care about the rest of the book. Points to the crew for trying to do something different, but it’s just not different enough.