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Mechanism #1 Review

Mechanism #1 Review

  • Writer, artist, letterer: Raffaele Ienco

I never go into a comic wanting to dislike it, but sometimes the comic doesn't do itself any favors. That's where Mechanism ends up for me, falling into all of the things that drive me crazy about too many of Image's series.

It's hard to come up with all that much to say without it feeling like I'm flogging the series unnecessarily, but it keeps coming back whenever I think about what I read this week. Stop me if this sounds like other Image comics:

  • We have a kind of sci-fi world with robots, which no one trusts.
  • There are two cops, one of them an unnecessarily gruff guy and his token female partner.
  • Did I mention that it's basically the end of the world?
  • There is some sort of shady government work going on in the background, involving the robots.
  • There is no explanation of what anything is, we're just dropped into the world.
  • The characters are too vague in their motivations to be compelling because that's all being saved for…something.
  • It's too dark and rough for anything about the art to really stand out.

I feel like I've written this review before. I feel like I've read this comic before.

I really didn't care for this issue, in case that wasn't clear. This was most definitely written for the trade, but I'm pretty sure that I will have forgotten about it before the trade comes out. That is not the way to have a successful first issue.

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