I was excited to see the return of Grundy for villains month, I loved the alternate Earth take on the character, and I loved the way the Rot and The Green existed in different versions on Earth 2. Given that Grundy ended up on the moon, I was surprised that he would be given an issue and fascinated to see how this primal force would come back to Earth. Before I discuss much more, here is what I liked.
1. Aaron Lopresti has long been one of my favorite artists in the comic book world, and it was a thrill to see him back after his run on the fabulous and sadly short lived, Sword of Sorcery.
2. We get to see the origin story for the man that would become the Rot.
Rating before reading: 6
Rating after reading: 4
I love Kindt and I love Lopresti, but this book had so many wholes in it, not even the most fantastic of art could make you forget that. To start, the comic gives no explanation on how Grundy traveled from the moon to the real world. He simply just crash landed killing some innocent people. While the rest of his story in the present is clever, the issue has a severe disconnect with origin. We see Solomon and his wife struggle to make ends meet just before the turn of the century (the 20th century that is). So while it was neat to see that his evil has been on Earth for more than a century, there is no reason behind any of the action in the book. We get no real reason for why Solomon’s wife would kill herself (especially since they had a little baby). That of course set into motion Solomon’s murderous rampage over the one’s who caused the incident. And then, also with no regard for their child, Solomon kills himself and slides into slaughter swamp. The story ends with the baby crying and Solomon’s eyes’ opening up. That’s it. We see nothing else. We don’t get to see how the freshly dead Solomon became Grundy, we don’t see anything. We then are permanently stuck in the present where Grundy is murdering everything he sees in pursuit of the Green Man.
It is for all these lengthy reasons that I cannot recommend this book to anyone. We have some of the industries top talents on the book, but there are just way too many problems with the book to justify a consistent readership.
Until the next time,