Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Writer: Matteo Pizzolo
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Release Date: 14th December 2016
I honestly don’t know where to begin with this review. In some respects, Young Terrorists has the trappings of a potentially great book. Unfortunately however, there are a slagheap of problems with it as well.
Let’s be positive and start with the good stuff:
Probably the best thing I can say about this one is that creators have clearly stated that they have been given the time and space. It’s a very rare thing to see artists and writers given the space to fully develop their vision, and that level of editorial support and creator enthusiasm has to be applauded.
Unfortunately, that’s where the good stuff ends for me. I will discuss a couple of the major negatives I felt were present in the series, but there are many more.
First of all, the story itself. The creative team may have been given the time and space to grow their world, but the pacing here is all over the place. It jumps from 0 to 100 and back to 0 all within the space of a few pages. In the right hands this can sometimes be an engaging dynamic, here it just feels very choppy and jarring. I have read through the first two issues multiple times and over the 160+ pages there is still real no status quo or feeling that the end goal of the group is clear.
That said, while the pacing and lack of direction are definite problems, they are by no means the worst. That particular accolade goes to the over-sexualisation and pure shock-driven art and storyline beats. Honestly, I am fed up with strong female characters being drawn in the clichéd 90s style. Yes, by process of elimination some characters will look like that – everyone is different, after all – but not all of them, surely?
There are also some spectacularly squandered opportunities here. Case in the point: one of the female characters has given herself a retractable penis. This could potentially be a great concept if it was used to explore the nature of sexuality, but it is instead just played for gross out humour against the character the reader is supposed to relate too. The whole thing just feels crass and wrong, but to be fair it also feels unintentional and slightly naïve.
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The writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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