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Jeremiah Harm #3

Book Released: 17 May 2006
Review posted: 20 May 2006

Writer: Keith Giffen, Alan Grant
Artist: Rael Lyra
Publisher: BOOM! Studios


 5.00 out of 5 Stars

Reviewed by Adam White

 


For a company named BOOM!, they sure snuck up on an unsuspecting comicbook community. In the last year, BOOM! has put out some top notch books by creators of that same caliber, such as Hero Squared and Planetary Brigade, but despite my love for those books the most fun just might be Jeremiah Harm. The one thing all these books have in common? You guessed it: Keith Giffen. The Renaissance Man strikes again, and does so with an unremitting flare for the hilariously unusual.

Giffen, along with writing partner Alan Grant, have created an action hero unlike any other, one that inhabits a strange universe ripe for exploration (unless it all gets blown up first). Giffen and Grant’s Jeremiah Harm is one tough guy that serves up violence and sass as if it were his doctoral thesis, and along the way throws in ample helpings of apathy and insanity just to keep a healthy mix.

Giffen and Grant produce wild science fiction that puts all else to shame, and back it up with solid characterization and universe-building.


Giffen and Grant produce wild science fiction that puts all else to shame, and back it up with solid characterization and universe-building that make the series fresh yet seemingly a long-standing story that you just didn’t know was there. Harm himself savors brutal encounters with his quarry, but never hesitates to get sidetracked and take on more combatants, often side-by-side with his initial target. And while Jeremiah Harm may sound like crazy action violence from my description, it is a fully developed series with original aliens, solid storytelling, and spot-on dialogue. Giffen and Grant are obviously having a blast with this series, and you will too.

Newcomer Rael Lyra provides the art, and what an unbelievable find indeed. Lyra has a hyper-real, detailed style that gives Jeremiah Harm

Lyra has a hyper-real, detailed style that gives Jeremiah Harm an incomparable look.


an incomparable look; his characters have somewhat exaggerated features that make his work distinct and fun to behold. Whether it’s a human or alien, a bar or a vast cityscape, Lyra gives every panel the right scope and adds infinite depth and attitude to the story and characters. Lyra combines gritty realism with fantastic science fiction to create a knockout look that is perfect for Jeremiah Harm.

Giffen, Grant, Lyra and Co. have created a crazy, intense Pulp Science Fiction series that starts great and gets better with every issue. The two experienced writers have cultivated the talent of newcomer Lyra to the full effect and produced one heck of a series that you need to be reading. If you like science fiction, pulp heroes, action, humor, or just crazy fun, then you will like Jeremiah Harm, so quit stalling and go pick it up, order it, or mystically conjure it — just get this series and enjoy.

—CCdC—

 

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