Armageddon Chapters 1 & 2 is another installment from the new, super-indie publisher, R-Comics. Chapter 1 is written by Rodney Roger and drawn by Andres Quezada Pena while all writing and drawing on Chapter 2 is handled by Mike Gallagher. Both chapters, independent of each other, tie back to a bigger story-arch: Armageddon Rises that looks to involve most of the titles from R-Comics. For a new publisher, this is an ambitious undertaking but R-Comics is certainly making a go at it.
Armageddon Chapter 1′s writing from Roger is a little rocky. The concepts are interesting and the protagonist is cool but it harkens too back to the 90s too much when the writing was more about style over substance. The battle sequences between the protagonist and his enemies is visceral but it took research on the website to find out the main character’s name. The story was also just a little too forced, Roger seemed more interested in telling the readers his really cool ideas rather than pacing them out so that they were more easily understood and impactful to the readers.
Pena’s art on Armageddon Chapter 1 is a lot of fun, pulling from all of the things that were great about 90′s comic book art but with smarter page and panel layout. His panel to panel storytelling is good and adds to the story’s overall intensity.
Unfortunately, much of the same things can be said for Gallagher’s writing and art in Armageddon Chapter 2. There is far too much pushed on the reader in terms of writing – interesting ideas that could use some editing and pacing but the art is really good. Gallagher does a great job as an artist, making his page and panel layout work for all of the story that he packs in. Unfortunately, there’s just too much story which causes the use of cliches and tropes and leaves the story easy and not as interesting as it could be if it was given more time to flourish.
All read and one, Armageddon Chapters 1 & 2 has some interesting big story arch ideas with writing that sorely needed an editor and some really smart and talented art.