Great Pacific: Volume Three – Joe Harris

Great Pacific - Big game huntersThis volume marks an end to the current storyline. There isn’t a recap on what has gone before but you are able to pick up clues and reminders if you have forgotten everything.

It feels very bitty. There is an alien invasion, a drug problem and then the conclusion of the ‘nukes’ storyline. It’s almost as if Harris wasn’t sure how much longer he had.

The ending is dramatic and would be a good place to leave the series or start again on a new storyline. There aren’t the big environmental or sociological themes that have come before but more focus on going out with a bang. This has been a good run.

The art has been consistent all the way through and it is great to see such a unique and appropriate style. The cover is an homage to Iron Maiden’s The Trooper which sadly looks too clunky.

Thumbs Up!

Great Pacific: Nation Building – Joe Harris

Great Pacific - Nation BuildingThis quirky and unique little story continues in pretty much the same vein. It can’t match the novelty of the first volume but does have a few surprises.

Things aren’t as tight as the initial work and it does suffer from the ‘difficult second album’ syndrome. As well as environmental politics Harris tries to squeeze in Human Rights issues too and that dilutes the sharp insight that impressed us before.

The art is still just as bold. The unique undersea locations provide some fresh angles and the colours, reminiscent of Morning Glories, are as vibrant as ever.

There is enough to hold your interest and see what the third volume has to offer.

Thumbs Up!

Great Pacific: Trashed – Joe Harris

Great Pacific - TrashedThis is a wonderful book, an incredible book, with fresh, original ideas and a wonderful sense of adventure.

It is also a beautiful book with an amazing opening. Nice clear faces, plenty of detail and wonderful colours. Not the subtle, matt tones of photorealism but bold superhero colours used effectively for once. Great composition, strong ideas and a really talented letterer.

We have seen billionaire young men, despised by their company’s board of directors, undertake secret projects many times before. But never at fourteen and seldom do they decide to found their own sovereign nation on a free-floating garbage slick in the middle of the ocean.

There is a bit of science fiction, a grounding of realism, an appetising dollop of environmental concern plus the relentless adventure of a Tintin book.

This is a superb and rewarding read worthy of a Double Thumbs Up!