I read it last night and also felt like it was a bit shy of content. So, tonight I thought I’d go back and read the three together, and here’s what I found:
Issue 1: Nine scenes! In a 22-page book? Three 1-page scenes (a news report ffs), and three 2-pagers. No wonder it felt itty-bitty at the time. Seven pages to save Marlowe. Really? And the Dickensesque coincidences in the first four scenes were not clever - at all. But, you know, still intriguing-ish.
Issue 2: Eight scenes. Oh dear! And the first was five pages for Angie to land. Blah, blah, blah, and someone I don’t give a crap about has a brain tumour. Well, it’s bound to kick off next issue. Bound to.
Issue 3: Four scenes. Good. Oh wait up, the first two are linked (at least the Jenny journey was fun), and the third is a 1-page unnecessary flashback. Then a 16-page dust up. Yeah, we know Ellis does good fights but we learn little for so much real estate.
Overall: Apart from the brain tumour discussion and Jenny’s quantum-powered jaunt, every scene is Angie and her suit, or people talking about Angie and her suit. It’s all so single-track linear.
Perhaps I’m being harsh because it’s Ellis, and my expectations are high, but I’m just not getting it. One more issue for me, and unless we start rolling, I’m out.