Doctor Spectrum #4 Review

Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Full Spectrum

Written by: Sara “Samm” Barnes
Pencilled by: Travel Foreman
Inked by: Nelson DeCastro
Colored by: Studio F
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Warren Simons
Publisher: Marvel Comics

I thought that Supreme Power was a great series. I still do. When I heard that after issue #12 it was going on a hiatus, I was disappointed. But then I was told that there was going to be a Doctor Spectrum mini to get me thru that time. So that was cool.

But then I found out the hiatus was only for like 2 months. So I just feel like this mini is sort of marking time. It happens mostly within one man’s head, so it’s not terribly engaging. It’s all a flashback really, so we know nothing too shocking can happen.

This isn’t a bad story, and perhaps it will seem better to me when taken out of this timely context. But it’s just not too interesting either. Everything about it is sort of average. The art is crisp and clear, and the dialogue is fine as well. It all seems to be taking place in between the panels of the Supreme Power series, so it’s almost like someone made a whole movie out of the deleted scenes of a DVD.

That’s pretty much how I feel about the series.

This issue was more about the Doc in his military days as he confonts numerous moral dilemmas. It also has some scenes about what is going on with his body as he is now catatonic.

I can’t really muster up any enthuiasm about this series, so I am sorry if my review reflects that. But it’s just so…bland.

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