A & A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong Issue 12 Review With Spoilers

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  There are flaws in issue, but they are mainly noticeable in the epilogues. For example the body proportions are not always consistent in "Epilogue 2." Specifically the second to last panel of the final page has Armstrong's right hand as disproportionately smaller than the left. While "Epilogue 1" has improvement in Joe Eisma shows more line work than in his issues of Faith, he still has a too sharp and angular line that suggests a possible lack of confidence. (Mind that I say Joe Eisma is apparently improving, but I am basing this off a single page.) As for the coloring, both Epilogues could have been more consistent with the rest of the issue.

   As for the majority of the comic there are arguably three big flaws: One is the Bag-maker being what makes the bag work properly seemingly comes out of nowhere. The second big flaw is all the insanity though fun feels somewhat rushed, yet leaves too many unresolved (for the moment) plot threads. Take the unanswered question of what became of Davey The Mackerel? Yeah he walked off in the previous issue, but what was his origin and was he able to keep a job? Finally like all the issues in this series it goes for humor more than adventure, and thus the title is a bit of a misnomer. In fact they arguably only went on one long adventure to find and then team-up with Armstrong's wife.

  My verdict: Recommended "get" as a complete series or in collected formats, but not recommended in its single format.


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