Writer: Rick Remender
Death or Glory is back! After a fairly long break, the series is back up and running, setting the stage for a new story arc. Remender’s latest series was one of my favorites due to the high-speed excitement and Bengal’s fantastic art. In fact, I named Bengal artist of the year in 2018 for his work in Death or Glory. It’s that good. Needless to say, I’m glad to see Glory back in action.
Most of the high-speed action that readers saw in the previous issue is missing in Death or Glory #7. Instead, this issue is full of dialogue and exposition, with half of the issue giving the reader a look at all of the antagonists that Glory pissed off. The end result is an intimate look at what drives a few of the characters, and a set stage for a chaotic arc. While this issue is wordy, I never felt like it was too slow, and Remender does a fine job at breathing life into all of the villains. Everyone is a little more human than they were before, and this will likely benefit the series later as they inevitably clash with Glory once more.
The second half of the book puts the spotlight on the protagonist, which reminded me of why I love this book. Glory’s supporting cast is wonderful and all of the dialogue is enjoyable to read through. Remender does a fine job of making the conversations feel both pulpy and genuine, which nails the book’s aesthetic. Death or Glory still feels like a high octane action series even with the quiet issue, and most of that is achieved through the dialogue. Every character has their own voice which is remarkable considering the little amount of space there is to develop them in each issue.
Bengal’s art continues to shine in Death or Glory. Not only do the characters and environments look great, but his art naturally progresses the story smoothly. None of the previous issues were as slow as issue #7, so it’s great to see Bengal excel at bringing life to the quiet moments too. Whether the characters are in motion or merely conversing, no one looks stiff or static. Bengal’s signature larger than life facial expressions are back too. The balance of serious and cartoonish styles gives Death or Glory a novel aesthetic that isn’t common in this kind of book. The colors are vibrant and bring deserts to life. The colors bring an incredible amount of depth to the work. It’s impressive how Bengal manages to consistently hand every aspect of this book’s art and never miss a beat in quality.
Death or Glory is back, and while this isn’t the return to the fast-paced form, issue #7 is still entertaining. This will be a key issue in the future, and successfully establishes the villains’ personalities while setting the stage for something bigger. Be sure to hop back onto this ride.
Death or Glory #6
Death or Glory is back, and while this isn't the return to the fast-paced form, issue #7 is still entertaining. This will be a key issue in the future, and successfully establishes the villains' personalities while setting the stage for something bigger. Be sure to hop back onto this ride.