Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Crusades: Urban Decree

Written by Steven T. Seagle
Art by Kelley Jones and Jason Moore

I understand that this prestige format one-shot was intended to be the launch of a new series at Vertigo, but it is still an odd beast. The premise is that some French speaking medieval knight is running around San Francisco cutting up criminals, but no one knows who he is.

A radio shock-jock in the vein of Howard Stern is drumming up interest in the knight, and having relationship problems, while some gangsters are fighting over turf. That's about all that happens here.

Seagle is a very talented writer, and does some wonderful character work on Marx, the radio personality, and on Venus, his unhappy girlfriend. They are by far the best part of the comic, although Marx's "Am I wrong?" shtick gets old fast.

I've never been a huge Kelley Jones fan, especially when he goes for an overly-exaggerated look. Somehow, he ends up reminding me of Todd McFarlane at those times (which is never a good thing).

The set up in this book is intriguing, but I don't know if it's intriguing enough to track down the single issues for the series (it appears it was never collected).

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