Velocity #3 Review
- Published on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 00:00
- Written by Andrenn
Velocity has been a fun mini so far. The great premise and an enjoyable character combine to make this an pleasant read. With the penultimate issue of the mini and Velocity's quest to save her teammates nearing an end, does this issue speed its way to victory or is it left eating dust? Let's find out!
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Opening Comments: Velocity #3 is another good read with some excellent narration and fun action. The premise of Velocity in a desperate race to save her team continues to make for an exciting story. This issue was a great continuation of the story and had a cliff-hanger ending that left me wondering just what the hell will happen in the conclusion.
Story Comments: The strength of Velocity #3 is its main character. Marz writes a quirky, funny and interesting speedster that has some great narration to go along with her enjoyable character. Velocity is funny but there is still enough of that personal touch to the character so the jokes are not just a barrage of sarcasm and wit. Instead, the reader is treated to some rather clever jokes from the character instead of the writer just trying to be funny.
Velocity is a clever character and her jokes are all funny and they keep the action a little lighter. Her entertaining inner narration keeps me from getting bored of the action. She is a great character to read about and a lot of fun comes with each narration box. I am always praising Marz on a regular basis for his strong character work and his work on Velocity is no different from his usual excellent work.
Velocity narrates all the way up to the final page of this issue. Fortunately, it never feels forced or like it's droning on. The narration is entertaining and interesting to read and that is a big success in my book. So many writers can pointlessly clutter the comic with inner narration that goes nowhere and is not interesting to read. I swear I have read so many comics where you could skip the inner narration boxes and it would be a lot better for it. In Velocity #3, Marz makes each narration box count.
Marz is able to make sure that Velocity's inner narration ties into what is going on in the story as she runs around trying to save her teammates. It is not just funny narration for the sake of having funny narration. Velocity's little moments about mentioning that she used to have a crush on Ripclaw or a question about Cyblade are interesting. These little comments give us a dose of Velocity's character and a look into her mind without having to slog through page after page of exposition.
The action is also a lot of fun to read. Seeing Velocity run around the robots, smashing them, bashing their heads in, it's all really well done. This is mostly thanks to Rocafort's artwork, of course, but the way the action moves makes for an entertaining read. Seeing Velocity in motion as she uses her super speed is also well executed and her witty comments to go along with the action left me had me laughing more than a few times.
Velocity is turning out to be one of the most fun stories that I have read in a while. It has got a serious premise and it does not lose the seriousness and intensity of the situation at all. But, this title still has plenty of fun while being in the middle of a rather big and serious story. This title takes itself seriously enough but not too serious so that it is not entertaining to read. Marz stikes a great balance of tones which is no easy task to pull off.
Then there is that final scene. Talk about a cliff-hanger ending! What happens to Velocity at the end of this issue was surprising to say the least. I am not sure how the hell Marz is going to explain this of all things in the finale but I am definitely excited to read it. I am sure the ending was not what it appears to be but I am still very excited to see what happens next.
Art Comments: Rocafort's art never ceases to amaze me. While Velocity #3 has a very rough quality to it I still really liked it. I am not usually a fan of rougher art styles but Rocafort is well worth it and his style is a great fit for the character. His poses and how he makes the action move is great work.
Final Comments: If you are not reading Velocity then I recommend checking it out. Velocity is one of the most fun titles I have read in a while. Readers that enjoy titles with a great character and a story that delivers plenty of fun should definitely pick up a copy of Velocity #3.