REVIEW: BlackAcre #6
Greene’s background is finally delved into in this newest issue of BlackAcre by Duffy Boudreau and Wendell Cavalcanti. Going from soldier to Prophet, Greene has led an interesting life. But what makes Greene so important that Sinclair would attempt to assassinate him? Major Spoilers finds out.
Previously in BlackAcre: Hull was reunited with former brother-in-arms Greene after being nearly beheaded by religious fanatics that call themselves the Sacred Yoke. Greene, who apparently acts as Prophet to this group, set up his friend with a cushy spot in the community and allowed Hull to save Lee, a girl who’d been kidnapped into this life. Of course, that meant his marrying her, but one takes what one can get when it’s a dystopian future.
THE LIFE OF GREENE: PROPHET
After much hullabaloo and crazy dystopian shenanigans, Greene is given his own book. Going from soldier to lost soul to prisoner to dedicated congregant to prophet, Greene has been through the gamut of potential apocalyptical archetype heroes but what exactly makes him of such an intense interest to Sinclair and the other bureaucrats at BlackAcre? Good question. A metal rod, from what it looks like, but the history of this rod? What is it, where did it come from, why is everyone willing to kill for it? Who knows?
Although, that’s not really the point in this issue. It focuses on Greene and his history after he left BlackAcre. Boudreau has crafted an interesting character and has actually put the Sacred Yoke cult into a rather positive position as opposed to the demonized light they’ve been in since the start of the series. Does this redeem them? Not really, but it does show how one could potentially be smitten with a group that gives you shelter and a sense of purpose in a world that doesn’t necessarily make sense.
As for the rest of the cast, they don’t make an appearance here. It’s all Greene’s story, which was a little disappointing. Hull and his new child bride Lee are by far the most interesting characters. Still, Greene is able to carry the book on his own and it’s an interesting study in how a cult could shape person in the long run.
The art of this series so far has been adequate. It’s not so detailed to be grotesque but not so simplified that it’s hard to tell a tree from a stone.
However, it is hard to tell one character from another. Moments that are supposed to be ‘big reveals’ tend to be lost on the viewer because everyone looks so much alike that one doesn’t really know who they’re looking at, let alone be surprised by this or that face. Even Greene was hard to distinguish at first until several pages in. And, honestly, aside from Greene, the only other distinct character in this book is Bird and that’s just because of his skin tone.
BOTTOM LINE: S’OKAY
The BlackAcre series has been an interesting look at a dystopian future that isn’t necessarily caused by zombies or some sort of global catastrophe. Since Greene has been the focus of the of the previous books, it’s nice to see him get his own solo issue. However, to understand what was happening in the previous issues, you don’t really need this particular book. While it remains to be seen if this issue is necessary for the larger plot (and it probably is), it’s not really something you need to have right now. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of the series, there’s no need to pick up this book at this time. BlackAcre #6 recieves 2.5 out of 5 stars.
DID YOU READ THIS ISSUE? RATE IT!