In the old days when comic books were still selling like cupcakes at a hipster party, Rob Liefeld used to be man. Together with fellow Image Comics co-founders Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee he defined what comic books would look like in the 90s. Rockstars. Legends in the making. And then bammm. Rob Liefeld became a persona non grata. The person to despise and detest. It became the trendy thing to do. There’s something wrong with the comic book industry? Let’s just all blame it on Liefeld. Why? I dunno but it’s the cool thing to do…
Despite all the controversy and the heat surrounding Rob Liefeld he still managed to fetch himself a loyal, dedicated small army of devoted fans ready to jump on every comic book sporting the name Liefeld on the cover.
One thing everybody seems to agree on tough is the fact that the guy knows how to spot new emerging talents hungry to showcase their artistic skills. Such was the case once again with the recent relaunch of one of Liefeld’s more prominent creations Glory. Liefeld hand-picked Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell to revive Glory for a new age. And boy was he right in doing so.
After being gone for over a decade, the warrior princess known to the world by the name of Glory is set to return to the forefront of a new battle as a war set to be fought on Earth could possibly destroy all of humanity. Together with her new allies Glory will try to stop the invasion… with brute force. And when I say brute force I fucking mean brute force.
This is not the Glory you used to know. This is a totally different, completely new take on the Rob Liefeld character. Joe Keatinge decided to change the game altogether and in doing so he offered us a beautiful, intense and gut-wrenching story that will forever remain one of the best takes on any character Rob Liefeld has ever created. Yes that includes Deadpool and Cable. Joe Keatinge is a true storyteller. Glory is an invitation to the unknown. To the bizarre. A ride that will leave you sad and highly excited at the same time. It is a story about love and hate. A story about the ultimate sacrifice that will leave you craving for more. It is that good.
I have to confess that I was reluctant to Ross Campbell’s art at first. This was probably due to the fact that Ross Campbell’s style is miles away from everything we were used to see on a Glory book. Now I realize that this radical change is what makes this book so unique. It is a beautifully drawn book from start to finish. Ross Campbell is a soon to be household name. Just take a look at what he did in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for fuck’s sake!
Be open-minded and don’t judge a book by its cover. If you don’t like somebody’s work that’s fine. But don’t pass on books you might have loved just because you read on a stupid forum that it is cool to hate a specific artist. If you have not picked this book up because of the connection to Liefeld… please reconsider. This is an extremely well written and superbly drawn book. Rarely have I been this saddened by the end of a book. Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell have produced the ultimate Glory story. Go read it.
In June Image Comics will be re-releasing this outstanding run in a fancy hardcover book collecting the entire saga by Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell.