Review: Death Force #4

I usually don’t start off two reviews for the same series the same way, but this is going to be a short review. Death Force doesn’t fight the Dragon dude. They square off for a minute, but then when it’s clear that fucking bullets do nothing, they get the hell out of town. That and the Dragon dude starts a fire that he can’t see through… which was weird. I mean, it’s your fire? We also learn that the cops basically know what’s up and that one beat cop can track a van leaving a warehouse and no other cop can. Also, Death Force takes his mask off, and he’s an average Death Force #4looking dude. We do learn why he’s invincible which was the only cool thing going for this book at this point. It’s a real conflict of character, but it will likely never be expanded nor will the story take a moment to let the character deal with it the way an average person in that situation would.

This comic isn’t bad. It isn’t good either, though. Its biggest fault is that it’s playing it safe by using other aspects from stories. There’s nothing new about this story. Not from the Dragon, not from the dead guy back for revenge, not from the plan to bomb the city. Everything in here is something you’ve seen somewhere else, but thrown together. The problem is, it’s not doing it better. It’s not doing it well even; it’s just average. I’m not even mad at it because it doesn’t invoke enough emotion out of me. I do want to like it more, but I can’t. This issue also chipped away the one cool thing it had going for the character, and that was his helmet, which would have been ten times cooler if it was his face. It came across as a possible loophole for the film version. “Look, the main character shows his face naturally within the story.”

It’s a comic. That much is for sure. There’s a slight chance that I’ll read the remaining two issues, but unless it finds something original to do, I won’t be reviewing them. As it is right now, this series is utterly forgettable, and that’s a damn shame. It had the potential, but the execution is severely lacking. When you shoot for inoffensive and average, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

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Death Force #4 Writer: Joe Brusha Artist: Marc Rosete Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment Price: $3.99 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital