Bodies 1 (September 2014)

Bodies #1

Some time during the first part–of four–of Bodies, I realized it didn’t have much media exploitation potential. The gimmick is simple–a similarly mutilated body is found in London at different times in history (and the future) and the police investigate. Writer Si Spencer shows his hand as far as interest–with the present and the nineteenth century getting the most emphasis. Both these periods drive the narrative, with the future and the WWII eras sort of garnish.

There are different artists for each period. Meghan Hetrick for the present, Dean Ormston for the 1800s, Tula Lotay for the future, Phil Winslade for the World War II. All the art is decent and appropriate for its period; Lotay is the least successful.

Spencer tries to establish his characters quickly, but through flash not substance.

It’s a competent comic, but there’s nothing compelling about the mystery or the characters.

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CREDITS

Writer, Si Spencer; artists, Meghan Hetrick, Dean Ormston, Tula Lotay and Phil Winslade; colorist, Lee Loughridge; letterers, Dezi Sienty and Taylor Esposito; editors, Sara Miller and Shelly Bond; publisher, Vertigo.

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