I basically bought Hell Yeah based on my immense love for what writer Joe Keatinge was able to craft from the character of Glory, in his other ongoing Image title. It was brilliance. So, I had high expectations for Hell Yeah. And while it was good, maybe very good, I’m not really sure that it was all that and a cape. In fact, I’m not sure what even happened in the book or if I care about what happened, if anything happened. Confused? Yeah, so I am I. And not in a good way.
So, just to be clear, Hell Yeah is one of those time-jumping stories where there is a certain level of intentional obfuscation by having characters jump around in time both in the flow of the story and in flashbacks – so, it gets a little complicated. Oh, and there is jumping around alternative Earths too. The reader spends a lot of time with versions of what is portrayed as the main character, Benjamin Day and other associated characters that are apparently his protectors. It’s interesting but the big problem is that we actually end up spending very little quality time with Ben Day. So, when we get to the end of the book where he is supposed to look really cool and set us up for the next book, I kinda don’t know him very well and am not sure that I want to read his further adventures.
There’s a lot that happens in Hell Yeah, it’s a busy book. Like I said, lots of jumping around in time and on alternative Earths, lots of character introductions and a fair amount of high concepts are handed to the reader – there’s even a chick that transforms into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. But maybe that’s too much stuff? I want to like this book. I like the writer and Andre Szymanowicz‘ visual storytelling is compelling. But I just have no lasting interest in any of the characters, even with my sorta-interest in seeing how they try to explain everything they’ve set up.