Art by: Fabrizio Fiorentino and Syzmon Kudranski
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Klarion has been canceled and while I don't have a direct line to the DC Bigwigs, my guess is there are two big reasons for the decision. The main one is sales because it almost always is. The initial numbers were pretty bad and they just keep going down. The second reason is the book is just bad. I know certain people who are kind enough to visit our site and leave comments may (and will) disagree, but this book is a bloody mess. It's pure Ann Nocenti which means confusing dialogue that often just reads like random words picked out of a hat and incomprehensible plot lines that go nowhere. I usually have a good laugh when I read a Nocenti book, but Klarion doesn't even have that. It does have really good art which is just wasted with everything else going on in this book. This month continues the madness as Klarion rides the Devil's Car, hangs out in his pocket and we get more budybot action.
This month's issue opens with Witchhunter Moody going in for the arrest. Klarion escapes by jumping into Beelzebub's ride and putting the pedal to the metal. He may have left Zell behind, but at least his safe...in his pocket. Yep, they are in the "Klarionzone: and when Zell joins them, I guess it's a good thing.
I really don't know what to say. This book comes off the same as a middle school boy's "dark" poetry. You know, the kind that starts with, " Darkness...It cuts me like the cold dagger..." Hey, I wrote my fair share of those poems so I can spot them a mile away. Nocenti just got to it a bit later than most of us.
The rest of the book involves the buddybots. We get to see more marketing meetings, a buddybot 12 step program that's as much a hostage situation as a sobriety program, and Rasp getting a little sexy time with his buddybot that results in him possibly getting a third hand. There is also something about the importance of Zell and Klarion's relationship and the book ends with a bulked up Klarion making some big threats...I think.
Once again, I've read this issue twice and still can't understand most of what Nocenti is trying to do. I'd like to say it's because this book is deep and layered, but I suspect something a little more basic. I'm no dummy, but this book makes me feel like one. One big, fat, confused dummy.
I did enjoy the art from Fiorentino and Kudranski and while it's not as good as regular artist Trevor McCarthy, it's pretty good. The only complaint is that sometimes they get a little too cute with the panel layout which leads to a few confusing pages.
Bits and Pieces:
Klarion #4 continues it's trek to it's announced cancellation with another confusing mess of an issue. The good art makes it nice to look at, but the story and dialogue only made me shake my head in disgust. This book never should have seen the light of day and luckily in a few months will be put out of it's (and our) misery.