Adam.3 #1 Review

Written by: Scott Kolins

Art by: Scott Kolins

Published by: Dark Horse

Adam.3 is the sort of comic that has tons of potential and really excited me but left absolutely no impact whatsoever. Scott Kolins is an experienced artist with tons of experience under his  belt, however this is his first attempt at writing. While his experience as an artist shows, in what is a gorgeous and dynamic book that serves as a wonderful tribute to Jack Kirby, his writing skills need work as the plot often feels disjointed and erratic.

Starting with the positives, this is some of the best artistic work I’ve ever seen from Kolins. I was initially put off by the landscape style of the book, after seeing it implement poorly in Batman/Superman, however here it works brilliantly in displaying a vast landscape full of possibilities. I’m still not sure how well it’ll work in print, but I read it digitally and it looked fantastic. As stated, Kolins wears his influences on his sleeve, in this case Adam.3 is an obvious tribute to the early works of Jack Kirby, which is mostly obvious in the character designs. It looks highly impressive and the King would be proud, I certainly thought the action looked great and was without a doubt the most entertaining part of the comic. Unfortunately, things go downhill from here.

The story really just doesn’t work in this comic, it may be due to Kolins’ inexperience with writing, but the plot’s pacing is completely off and there’s very little that makes you invested in the characters or the world he has created. You’re dropped in without much context, and while I normally like cutting to the chase and getting the story going, there’s nothing interesting happening that makes me want to figure things out. Events just happen for seemingly no reason and are not explained, I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out what Beo’s purpose in the script was. Worse than that, the pace is completely erratic. We get vast segments where nothing happens, then something will happen completely out of nowhere, things will escalate way too fast and then it’ll all be dropped by the next page. It’s confusing and disorientating and by the end I knew no more than when I started. I can’t for the life of me tell you what the comic was about other than a man runs through the forest and punches a bear at one point. There’s some intriguing stuff in the middle of the comic about an impending doom, but it goes nowhere. The main story (I guess) about Adam’s son Beo jumps around way too much that I have no idea if he’s a threat or just acting out. It sounds like I’m being very vague, but outside of the art absolutely nothing in this book left an impact on me.

Overall, I’m saddened to say I really didn’t enjoy this book. The art is gorgeous it’s probably the best art work of his career, however the story is a mess and leaves me with no anticipation to read another issue anytime soon. Kolins should’ve had a co-writer on the book as his inexperience with writing comics really shows, I’m sure he has some good ideas but he struggles to bring them across to the reader or show why they should care. It’s unfortunate to score this book so low, but fantastic art can only carry a book so far, both art and story need to work together, and there’s an unfortunate divide between the two in this.