That’s a whole lot o’ hate in that room!
Cover Art By: Tsuneo Sanda
Art By: Dave McCaig, Robert Teranishi & Vickie Williams
Written By: Lovern Kindzierski
In the film world there are people who can’t stand action films, specifically action films that forgo any substance in favor of pure action. I am not one of those people, I like both ends of the spectrum, substance free action movies and action movies with loads of substance. However, the one type of action film that usually falls flat for me is the action film that wants to be all action, and then decides to wedge in some sort of emotional moment. That’s not substance, that’s a vain attempt at substance that always fails. That, in a nutshell, is Moment Of Doubt.
The actual action we are privy to in Moment Of Doubt is darn good. It’s not setting the comic book action world on fire or anything, but it works and grabs the attention of the reader. Then Moment Of Doubt tries for some sort of emotional resonance, but we have no context from which to view this resonance. It feels hollow and steers the story down a path it would have been better off avoiding. There is a good fight hidden in the fake emotion of Moment Of Doubt, sadly it is overshadowed by the attempts at said emotion.
If you want to see Darth Vader smack some dude around then for a few panels Moment Of Doubt is a great read. But, it won’t stay that way and in the end you’ll be left with the feeling that the wool was just pulled over your eyes. Enjoy the action and skip the emotion.