For the third instalment of Sam Read’s Exit Generation, the pace picks up significantly as the simultaneous jailbreak/rescue attempt continues, and the stakes are raised even higher as the two separate plot threads finally get set to converge in one beautifully dramatic moment.
Read’s writing is as sharp as always here as he throws out his usual crisp, witty dialogue with apparent ease, but he also finds time to include a surprising amount of emotional heft in the second half of this issue. It doesn’t hurt in the slightest that Exit Generation also continues to look absolutely gorgeous, with Caio Olivera’s creative characters designs and gift for dynamic panels being enhanced beautifully by Marissa Louise’s bright, vivid colours and the SICBA-dominating Colin Bell’s slick, professional lettering.
So far so awesome, right?
Unfortunately, a lot of the minor niggles from the previous two issues are still present here, namely Olivera’s occasional lack of detail in the smaller panels and the somewhat bland characterisation of several of the main protagonists. There are a lot of moving parts in this story, which sadly leads to certain characters getting ‘lost in the shuffle’ and struggling to stand out. In a lot of cases that would be understandable – every story needs its background characters after all – but in the case of Jack and Mo, it’s actually a bit of a shame, especially considering how strong an impression the pair made in the first issue.
Other characters fare far better, however, with Scrap and Hannah injecting the rescue attempt with some ass-kicking Lucas-esque space banter, and ‘alien with a heart’ Grunt propelling the jailbreak forwards with his strong, clearly defined motivations and skilfully handled exposition.
Niggles aside, however, the story is picking up so much steam that it’s difficult not to find yourself getting drawn deeper and deeper into the rich, dynamic world that has been created. It also bears mentioning that the further we peer into the history and motivations of the evil alien gourmands, the more disturbing and intriguing the whole thing all becomes, especially in light of a certain shocking revelation near the end of this issue.
Overall, while it hasn’t quite managed to maintain the momentum from its stellar first issue, Exit Generation continues to provide a lively, gripping read, balancing lighthearted banter and swashbuckling space awesomeness with moments of genuine emotion, and making it a worthy purchase for any self-respecting comic fan.
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The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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