SLG Publishing (December, 2006)
“Clan-Building ch. 2: The Journey”
WRITER/CREATOR: Greg Weisman
PENCILER: David Hedgecock
COLORIST: Will Terrell
ART DIRECTOR/COVER PENCILER: Greg Guler
COVER COLORIST: Stephanie Lostimolo
So does the colorist have to do the inking too? And who letters? It’s just strange to see no inker or colorist credited in a modern comic. It’s an odd thing to harp on but I’m becoming more creative-minded lately.
As Hudson watches the talk show from last issue Macbeth (under current pseudonym author Lennox Macduff) and Margot Yale, the Assistant DA part of the Gargoyle Task Force, debate the gargoyles. Meanwhile, Elisa and an injured Goliath are on the run from the Quarrymen. While the pair manage to defeat most of their pursuers, the leader (secretly Jon Canmore, the hunter) manages to beat down Goliath. However, one of their recruits is Vinnie, and while he’s over his anger at the Gargoyles he can see that what is going on is wrong, especially when Jon threatens to kill Elisa as well for helping. He turns on the man and manages to hold him off long enough for Goliath to recover and chase him off. Vinnie notes he will be moving to Japan to work out there. (Hopefully he doesn’t end up working for a secretly evil company again.)
What they got right: Vinnie gets a good send off and hopefully things get better for the poor guy. The action is good. I also like how Fox and Lexington get along but only for the sake of Alex, and seeing Xanatos decide to play with his son rather than answer the call from the Illuminati. That’s kind of what I was talking about last week about the potential. It’s why I wish the episode where Fox and Lex finally connect wasn’t one of the stories dropped. Weaker as Goliath Chronicles was I see potential to build on. I’ll try not to harp on it so much because I’ve already got my thoughts out, but this was the last story that actually comes from the show. From here on it’s Weisman’s original ideas.
What they got wrong: I know the scene with Brooklyn watching Broadway and Angela being romantic with each other is supposed to represent his wanting a mate and not necessarily wanting Angela specifically but it’s not how it comes off. This leads to a problem I’ll get into in a later issue I had, based solely on personal events, although I’ve heard they fixed that after I stopped reading. Otherwise I don’t have any real problems with the issue.
Recommendation: These two issues at least are must-reads for fans because they’re adapting the only episode of The Goliath Chronicles that Weisman worked on (occasional dialog in one episode aside) and are considered canon. It’s also a good story to check out and you only need to know about the backstory if you want to know more about the series afterwards.