Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sideways #9 Review

Storytellers: Max Raynor and Dan DiDio
Art by: Max Raynor, Daniel Brown, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 16, 2018

I feel like it's been months since I read the last issue of this series. Obviously, it isn't the case; this is a monthly book. I just feel so lost reading it. I'm bored with the characters, I don't feel anything for them, and the story is so uninteresting.

I get that Dan DiDio is trying to generate some intrigue among Derek's friends and family as to his whereabouts, but it's handled very dryly and very predictably.  Lois and Clark show up in this issue and it's the brightest spot for me as I love those characters so very dearly. Derek's still trapped in the Dark Multiverse. and there are pages upon pages where my eyes just glazed over the boring dialogue and the dull new characters DiDio introduced the last issue.

I did enjoy this book from a visual standpoint, though. Max Raynor has done work for this series before and I think he's fantastic. Raynor's character work is pretty fantastic, namely his take on the main villain of the book who shows up for a brief appearance. I'd prefer the visuals to have to good story to go along with it, but we can't get what we want. Daniel Brown's coloring is a lot brighter than I'm used to.

Bits and Pieces:

This book is just so dead. The characters aren't interesting anymore and the story is focusing on the totally wrong things. Raynor's bright and fun artwork isn't enough to save this issue, unfortunately.


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