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Review – Black Badge #3 (BOOM! Studios)

Black Badge #3
Overall
5.5/10
5.5/10
  • Writing - 5/10
    5/10
  • Art - 6/10
    6/10
  • Overall - 5.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release: October 17, 2018

The kids of the “black badge” team start to ask questions about their fallen teammate in Black Badge #3

 

“No Surrender” Black Badge #3

 

After a successful yet precarious mission in Russia, the Black Badge team meets with one of their superiors. Why did the kids get photographed and made headlines? Why did the Canadian Junior Mounties come to survey their mission? And what exactly happened to Jim their teammate who “died”? The team goes back for some training before their next mission where there are more questions than answers given in Black Badge #3.

Writing

Black Badge #3 Variant Cover byTrevor Hairsine
Black Badge #3 Variant Cover by Trevor Hairsine

I continued to have this love-hate relationship with Black Badge. I love the concept of these elite boy scouts doing covert operations around the world. It is a very cool and fun idea for a comic book. The problem is Kindt hasn’t really brought out anything in these characters.

I still feel like we are in the same place as in the 1st issue. We still don’t know anything about any of these characters and there is no attachment to them. They keep going on these missions but reader is not given anything to make us care about the characters.

There was a perfect scenario to build up the characters in Black Badge #3. The kids go back to the training facility to hone their skills. It seemed like a perfect time to show the kids attitudes and growing together or some kind of character development. Instead, it was more of just a short page or two of the kids training and then being sent on their next mission.

I feel Kindt really missed an opportunity in this issue to let the reader get to know these characters. I mean, yeah it is fun to see them on these missions and stuff. But I am barely holding onto the plot by a thread and honestly to the point where I don’t really care.

Art

Tyler and Hilary Jenkins continue to do some good work in Black Badge #3. There is a great two-page spread of the “map” of the training compound. It has all the buildings and the layout of different training areas. It is a fun piece of art that is always great to see and visualize.

I am not 100% sold that Tyler’s art style and Hilary’s coloring style are the perfect “fit” for this series. It seems like Black Badge #3 could have used a little bit more detail in some shots and I do like the more water-coloring style of Hilary it just doesn’t seem to work with this story. The story just does not feel as dynamic or exciting as it should be. It is not that the art is bad, it just doesn’t feel like it “fits” the tone and feel of the story.

Conclusion

I want to like Black Badge but Black Badge #3 continues to solidify why I just can’t get into it. There is no real character development or anything to hold onto as a reader. These kids keep just going on missions and talking about losing one of their teammates, but we still do not know much about the kids themselves.  Or not enough to really care about why they are doing the things they are doing. The concept for the series is great but the execution continues to fail to excite me enough to continue with this series for now.


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