Barb Wire #7 Review

After reading the first issue of Barb Wire, I’ll have to admit, I let it fall to the wayside. It always seemed to come into our mailbox at the wrong time. The Adam Hughes covers are eye catching as always, but I’ve been burned by pretty covers before, so I always tread lightly whenever I see a really great cover. I tend to put a large burden inside on the writer and artists to live up to the appeal of that cover. Let’s see if Barb Wire #7 follows through.

Barb Wire 7 BARB WIRE #7

Writer: Chris Warner
Penciller: Patrick Olliffe
Inker: Tom Nguyen
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Cover Artist: Adam Hughes
FC, 32 pages / $3.99
In Stores January 06, 2016

Shady federal agents have tasked bounty hunter Barb Wire with tracking down and delivering her former associate Avram Roman, or she’ll face dire consequences. With little choice but compliance, Barb learns that her former ally is not the man she remembers . . . if indeed he is a man at all!

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Barb Wire is a hard story to get into. There seems to be a lot of continuity to go past, and the story seems to rely on it strongly. However, a little perseverance actually will actually let you get through to an interesting story. The way that one figure from Barb Wire’s past is coming back to haunt her. It’s also a figure that shows how absolutely normal a person she is, although very tough. I’m interested in this character, although I really want her fleshed out more. She constantly is on guard against everyone, which makes her very hard to learn anything about. When we do learn more about her, it leaves us realizing how little we know about Barb Wire.

The artwork is completely adequate, and actually quite good in terms of establishing the settings. I have a real nit to pick with how the flashback is handled artistically. There’s no way to differentiate the beginning of the flashback and a normal scene cut, and its not helped by Barb Wire having drastically different hair in the flashback, and the opening shot not showing her face. I do not think that the art team is lined up very well, as they don’t seem to compliment each other, although they don’t get in each other’s way. Overall, It’s a good comic, and I’m going to try to keep caught up on the series.

The highest profile member of the art team is the cover artist, Adam Hughes. His covers do make a serious effort of selling the book to someone shopping at their local comic shop. However, Adam Hughes’ style owes a lot to classic pin-up art characterized as “cheesecake” and “pin-up.” This is the reputation his work has, and looking at the body of his work, it is well earned. He has demonstrated an ability to render other things, and his figures are usually anatomically correct. What I question is the editorial decision on the covers for a series about a character that has the catchphrase, “Don’t call me ‘Babe.'” In defense the previous three issues have emphasized the action context of the series, and it appears that Adam Hughes is treating Barb Wire as if she were an iconic character and not just another bit of eye candy.  For your review, here is a gallery of all Barb Wire covers revealed, including next month’s eighth issue, which is a very cheesecake-like cover image.

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