Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shotgun Wedding #4 Review: Final Vows

By: Nicole D'Andria

William Harms wraps up his four issue mini-series Shotgun Wedding. Will heads role in this final part? Will vows finally be exchanged?

Years ago a spy, Mike, ditched his psychotic ex-fiancée Chloe the day before their wedding. Now Chloe is out for revenge, and if Mike doesn’t make it in this final issue of Shotgun Wedding, his new fiancée Denise will pay the price.

The opening cuts to a fairly predictable flashback. However, predictable or not, it showcases how tragic the whole situation is in Shotgun Wedding. It makes Mike more sympathetic. I just wish it wasn’t so predictable, but considering that is my biggest complaint, that’s pretty good.

Then we cut to the most action this series has had so far. The focus has mostly been on dialogue up to this point, but I was looking forward to an explosive conclusion, and I wasn’t totally disappointed. My one complaint is that it felt like this issue rushed by too quickly. I really enjoyed these characters and would’ve liked them to be developed even more, but with the constraints of four issues I think writer William Harms did a great job. This issue made Chloe’s history much more tragic, showed how Denise could be more than just a damsel in distress, and made Mike into a better man.

Artist Edward Pun really wants to show off Chloe in this episode and almost immediately shows her in some sexy lingerie. It does make sense in the scene and I’m glad he didn’t linger on it too long. She and the rest of the characters are drawn well. The emotions on their faces are still great, like Mike’s sweat dropping face when his world is turned upside down. Because of the action and a quiet moment at the end, more focus is put on Pun’s artwork than the dialogue. While the grey and black backdrops can become dull after a while, they do set the mood. It’s good sequential art with lots of shading. It’s not beautiful, but it serves its purpose.

Overall, this was a solid mini-series. There are a few problems. It has a predictable pattern and everything is wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end so there’s little chance this will ever continue. The story isn’t revolutionary or award-worthy. However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t an enjoyable mini-series with sympathetic characters that make you feel something for them, and I recommend checking it out if you have some extra cash to spend. Personally, I would like to see this get turned into a movie. I feel like it could be a lot more fun on the big screen.

I give Shotgun Wedding #4 a 7.0/10.

The overall Shotgun Wedding series receives a 7.1/10.

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