Glory #33

by Andrew Sadowski on March 08, 2013

Glory has been the most surprising book of the extreme relaunch. The character that was once a poster child for cheesecake art and a obvious swipe of Wonder Woman has been transformed into bulky character with depth caught up in a modern day epic under the guiding hands of Joe Keatinge and Ross Campell. 

Keatinge's dialogue is smart and heartfelt, as the issue is set before, during, and after the final battle Glory has been hurdling towards since last year, we get some very nice character moments. Glory, Riley, Gloria, and Henry all get their moments here, and there's a lot of heartbreak within these pages, which is fitting given the fact that this is the penultimate issue in the series. Keatinge has done something special with this book. In 10 short issues he's turned a garbage character into one we can actually care about, a character with real flaws and a tasteful depiction. 

And that depiction hinges just as much on Keatinge's writing as it does on Campell's art. Women in Glory have all been depicted in various different body types, and there's not one objecticfying pose throughout the whole run. Campell's art is almost idyllic, soft and appealing to the eyes with broad strokes and an attention to fine detail that ranks up there with Moebius. As you can tell by the cover, Campell also has  an amazing knack for designing giant monsters, and when you finally see them in all their glory about halfway through the book, the designs are jaw dropping, the kind of stuff that gives Guillermo Del Toro a run for his money.  

Glory has been a great ride, and while I'd love to see a hundred more issues of this kind of work, it's good to see things headed towards a natural end that doesn't feel forced. Glory will undoubtedly go down as one of the great runs in comic book history, but we still have one more month to go, and I, for one, can't wait. 

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