Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #3
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DOA picks up immediately after the conclusion of the last issue. Dick Tracy is on the run from the law after being framed for the murder of a fellow officer.
The strength of the series is the heavy nostalgia for the character and look and feel of the comic. The absurdity of the situation also contrasts hysterically at times with the straight nature of Tracy. Dick Tracy is the perfect straight man in this world.
This issue ramps up the action and violence and we get some answers behind the "Big Bads" plot. Dick Tracy actually guns down a couple bad guy's in this issue. Both instances raised my eyebrows because to this point there have been a lot of threats but no real casualties. Dick Tracy does not play around.
Despite the ramped up action the issue at times feels like filler and in other spots feels rushed. One of the villains introduced the last issue gets killed off this one and it kinda feels like a wasted opportunity to develop worthy foe for Dick.
The art direction for the series is great. If you've ever had a passing interest in the series or character the issue is visual candy. Rich Tommaso and Michael Allred shine on pencils/inks but Laura Allred is the MVP as colorist for the series so far. This issue is no exception.
I'd love to take a deep introspective look at the issue but I can't. The plot/script doesn't have much depth at all. What you see is what you get. I love everything about the series It's a nice throwback to the golden age but it still feels like a large portion of this issue is padded. DOA is a nice diversion but it's in real danger of wearing out its welcome.