The Gray Area: All Of This Can Be Yours

June 27, 2005 | Trades


The Gray Area: All Of This Can Be Yours
Glen Brunswick, John Romita Jr.
Image Comics
$14.95 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

The first reaction to seeing John Romita Jr. illustrating something other than a Marvel comic is mild shock.
You see, outside of a few crossovers with DC Comics, Junior has never worked outside of the ‘House Of Ideas’ — not in over 25 years.
But once you get past the fact that Spider-Man isn’t going to swing by, nor will Iron Man, Daredevil or the Mighty Thor, it’s really easy to get sucked into The Gray Area.
Writer Glen Brunswick crafts an interesting (if slightly formulaic) tale, which see crooked cop Rudy Chance gunned down, only to be find himself in the space between heaven and hell.
Chance’s only shot at redemption comes when he’s drafted into The Gray Watch, a police force of sorts, which keeps evil in check.
With The Gray Area, Romita Jr. — with fine inking courtesy of Klaus Janson — continues to show why he has endured so long in the comic book industry, with subtle, edgy art that can be made to fit almost any occasion.

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