Scott Kolins comes to work on “Magog” just long enough to sweep the floor, put the chairs on the tables, and turn out the lights. While he’s here, though, he seems eager to make “Magog” more like the comic it should have been. Under a splashy cover that features Kolins’ new style — and evokes imagery of “Kingdom Come” — connections are drawn between Magog and other denizens of “Kingdom Come.”
Kolins art in this issue starts off with a style more in line with the work he is producing for the “DC Universe Legacies” book, which makes the dramatic shift to his “normal” style much more dynamic and almost shocking. The first three pages are painterly, bright, and stunning. Kolins’ regular style is much more cartoon influenced, which is jarring one page after a painterly spread featuring a fuming and weepy Magog.
Wally West guest stars in this issue, displaying an interesting dynamic between two characters that truly owe their existence to Mark Waid. Kolins plays the two characters off one another in the expected manner, and does a very good job of it. Wally isn’t the only Flash nod included in this book; Tina and Jerry McGee are on hand for the confrontation between Flash, Magog, and the radioactive Chemo-like giant. Kolins does a great job of delivering a standard-issue superhero story that happens to play with elements from a fan favorite story. To add some depth, Kolins kills off a character that provides additional emotional resonance and throws in a dash of mystery in the form of a wandering German shepherd.
Where this all goes from here remains to be seen.
Hi-Fi’s colors are colorfully intense. It’s a red figure clashing with a gold figure as they try to take down a giant glowing green figure on the snowy blue slopes of somewhere in the middle nowhere Canada. It’s like opening a new sixty-four-count box of crayons: bright and sharp, but a tad bit overwhelming.
Magog’s down on his luck. Naturally, it figures that this title is starting to be something I would want to read. Kolins presents a strong case for more “Magog,” unfortunately; it’s too little, too late.