first four issues of this comic. This review for the second half of this comic series, is gonna an exercise in brevity compared to that earlier review.
Simply put, the second half of this series didn't live up to the set up of the first half.
The first four issues introduce Joe, a young kid who is home alone and going through a life threatening hypoglycemic hallucination. In his hallucination Joe is swept off to a fantasy world where his toys are real, and he has to save them from an evil being, who is taking over their world. While going through this wild hallucination, Joe is also trying to maneuver his way through his house so that he can get some sort of sugar into his body so he can live. His movements through the house also correlate to his movements through the fantasy realm, and his actions in one place mirror his actions in another.
When I got my hands on the 8th issue, I re-read the entire series one issue right after the other, and things were going along pretty good, until I reached the final issue, and the connections between the two worlds got a bit shaky, and the plot seemed to lose it's way. I don't know it Morrison was just trying to finally wrap up this series so he could move on, or if it is just an example of a good idea that didn't quite get executed to its fullest potential. Either way, the ending left me feeling disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, I really do think this is an pretty damn good comic, it's just that it didn't deliver given my high expectations for what the creative team of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy is capable of. Also, I should add that my disappointment lies at the hands of Morrison. Murphy's art is great, and I'm pretty much at the point where I'd read any book with his name attached to it.
Despite not living up to my high expectations and failing to deliver as awesome of an ending as I wished for, this is still a very good fantasy comic and definitely worth a read. I might have been a bit let down, but the journey is still great, and one that was almost perfect. This thing comes out in hardcover graphic novel format sometime this summer. Keep an eye out for it!
Overall 8 issue Grade: B-