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Breach #1

January 3, 2005

Quick Rating: Dull. Typical. Seen it all before.
Title: Otherside

A strange experiment transforms a good soldier.

Writer: Bob Harras
Pencils: Marcos Martin
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colors: Javier Rodriguez
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover Art: Marcos Martin
Publisher: DC Comics

On the whole, DC Comics deserves a lot of credit for trying out new properties these last few years. While they may not be tearing up the sales charts, books like The Monolith and Bloodhound are intriguing, clever takes on “typical” comic book subjects, and have made for some of the best comics out there that people aren’t reading. Contrast that, if you will, to their newest offering. If there is an original idea anywhere in Breach, I’ve got to break out the magnifying glass and forensics team to find it.

We start off nearly a year in the future, after some undefined disaster somewhere in Siberia, where a mysterious man in white and red with strange, vague powers has given up on humanity. Flash back, then to 1983, where our story begins. While planning for his son’s birthday, Major Tim Zanetti is also working on one of those top-secret military experiments that happen in comic books all the time. This of course causes one of those horrible accidents that wouldn’t have happened if Only We Hadn’t Decided to Play God, as happens in comic books all the time. Zanetti undergoes a horrible transformation and is put under sedation by the government – as happens in comic books all the time. Oh yes, and in case we didn’t catch the message, conveniently-placed news media reports in three different time periods remind us that the military is evil.

To be honest, I really can’t remember if I’ve ever read anything written by Bob Harras before. I know he was a bigwig at Marvel Comics for several years, but he fell off the radar after that before landing this property with DC. Unfortunately, it’s not much of an idea. I felt like I’ve read this story time and again – and usually better.

On the art side, Marcos Martin and Alvaro Lopez serve up a very satisfying package. They get called upon to draw a lot of high-tech, sci-fi gadgets, and do a good job of it, and their design for the mysterious figure at the beginning/in the future is actually quite good.

Still, the art isn’t enough to elevate an incredibly tired and overdone storyline. I don’t see this book finding an audience.

Rating: 3/10

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