Until I opened Glory Vol. 1: The Once and Future Destroyer TP, I had no clue that it was the same character that had been created by the infamous Rob Liefeld. I’d always passed over Liefeld’s incarnation of the character as an early Image Comics rip-off of Wonder Woman and there never seemed to be anything interesting about her. As a general notion, I’ve alluded to it before, I am not a fan of Liefeld’s work and so if I had known this Glory was his Glory, I would have second guessed my interest in the book.
However, Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell have thoroughly and amazingly revamped Glory, this Wonder Woman Wannabe into a new and incredible character with a twisted backstory, an uncertain future and consequences to her actions. Sure, she’s not as western-aesthetic beautiful or “sexy” as Liefeld’s version but she kicks some serious ass and all of that is to me much more interesting than exaggerated and unreal pin-up models. Glory is now a thick bodied warrior with scars, complexity and flaws that make her intriguing and worth reading. In Glory, Keatinge and Campbell have shown that reinvention is possible.
In Glory Vol. 1: The Once and Future Destroyer TP, Keatinge and Campbell establish new characters,
friends acquaintances that not only allow them to explore Glory but build the world in a more intricate way. These new characters give the creators room to develop personalities through interaction and conversations but these new, frail-in-comparison humans also allow there to be a contrast to Glory’s alien magnificence. In combination with the new characters, Keatinge and Campbell have also established a series of flashbacks and flashforwards that give a strong potential ongoing story that I look forward to reading.