I’m coming into “Glory” #24 based solely on the excitement I’m picking up from my comrades-in-reviews here at CBR. I never read the character the first time around. Honestly, she was little more than 1990s comic book cheesecake to me and I had better ways to spend my money than on hollow concepts. Naturally, when “Glory” (among other Rob Liefeld created brands) was announced as a relaunch, I couldn’t have cared much less.
Then I started hearing good things about the art. And the book. And the story.
So I decided to give this a try. After all, we’re only two issues in to a new run, so it wouldn’t be that difficult to catch up. Who knows, there might even be a chance that I would actually like it. After all, I’d given over five dozen “new” books a shot in the past half year.
I’m glad I gave this book a chance.
This issue is the second installment of a longer tale, but there is absolutely no lag or drag hopping onboard right here. Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell open the issue with a brutal three-page battle between Glory and her father, Lord Silverfall. The rest of the issue encircles that concept and uses the spunky Riley Barnes to introduce the reader to Glory, her history and her purpose now. The story, beyond the opening scene, doesn’t provide much in the way of slugfests or battle, but these quieter moments definitely allow Keatinge to define the characters for us. This issue only has six characters in it, but by the end of the issue, there is simply no mistaking their roles.
Riley is recruited into Glory’s army as Glory prepares to go to war one more time and through that interchange, Keatinge reveals Glory’s dedication to her cause as well as her strength. Keatinge uses Riley to get us to care about Glory and uses Glory to get the reader to grow concerned for her plans for Riley. I knew nothing of this universe or these characters, but following their (incomplete) interchange, I’m keen to see more and get to know them better.
Campbell’s art is nonconformist when compared to “standard” comic art and more unconventional considering the pin-up appearance this titular character once flaunted. Glory is a beefy, hearty Amazon, stocky in the way that female body builders should be. She’s not an unattractive character, but she does look much more the part of warrior and less like a swimsuit model. Surrounding Glory, Campbell’s work is heavily detailed, but very open, relying on collaboration with Shatia Hamilton’s colors to provide depth and dimension to the imagery. The duo work very well together with Hamilton’s colors adding intensity and power to the visuals.
Whatever you once thought of “Glory” — as a “Wonder Woman” wannabe or a cheesecake waste of time — I can assure you of this: you were wrong. This is the story of a driven warrior who is so completely dedicated to her cause she can’t even properly recover from battle wounds. Glory is determined to set things straight and I’m determined to be back to read those adventures.