Moench and Baikie's Electric Warrior
(This is now a finished reviews thread, which means only that I've already read and reviewed all of it. Feel free to continue to comment on any aspect of these reviews or even to wax nostalgic for the series)
Overview: Electric Warrior is a story that clearly began as a labor of love by people with big ideas and tremendous passion for expressing them, but so much of that never translated to the page properly. Instead, what you get is a futuristic society and a writer that explicitly raise some profound questions about morality, class warfare, and how to create a Utopian society with less than perfect ingredients -- in essence, all questions we should be asking ourselves today if we'd only look up from the ipad long enough to do so -- but the series falls short in all other respects with flat characters, odd pacing, lack of a clear direction until the end, and generally poor art and coloring. The ideas were fantastic, but the finished product didn't feel all that finished.
Worthwhile To Read?: The first four issues. I still feel that the fourth issue best encapsulated the strength and potential of the series, especially in that one unforgettable moment when a starving child looks up to the skyscrapers for food and is met with a discarded bottle in response. Beyond that, the series languishes for a long while before finding semi-solid footing in the final few issues.
Key Issues/Highlights?: Again, mostly the first four issues. #15 and #16 were pretty exciting and very well done, but you can't really appreciate and understand them without reading a load of disappointing issues before them and without sticking around for the semi-disappointing conclusion to the series that comes two issues later.
Worth Re-Reading?: I'd read #4 again. Maybe #1-3 just to build up to it. Probably not the rest.
Also Worth Noting: Thanks to Doug Moench for actually checking out this review thread. I hope he understands that my criticisms are fueled only out of a deep understanding of his immense potential as a writer and how short some of these issues fell from that potential. For those who don't know, Doug Moench is one of my favorite writers in all of comicdom.
Thanks also to MWGallaher for recommending this series. I'm sorry I didn't enjoy it as much as you did, but it was still worth checking out in order to get a taste for the brilliant concepts that tried to drive this series.
Thanks, finally, to thwhtguardian for reviewing two thirds of this series in parallel with me before dropping off the face of the Earth. I'm still hoping you'll come back and review the rest. Your perspective has been immensely enjoyable to read!