24: Legacy – Rules of Engagement #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Fans of the show should love this.

Not a whole lot here for anyone else.

24: Legacy – Rules of Engagement #1
(A) Antonio Fuso, (W) Christopher Farnsworth, (C) Georges Jeanty
IDW Publishing

The clock has been reset with 24: Legacy, and this limited series will explore the past of its new leading character, Eric Carter, who led the elite squad responsible for killing an infamous terrorist leader and, consequently, forced into hiding. But before he was a national hero and a wanted man, Carter learned the Rules of Engagement in the streets of Iraq and Washington, D.C. hoods.

The 24 universe’s latest foray into comic books will delve into Eric Carter’s past and promises to reveal the events that “forged him into a weapon”. This latest comic series should have fans of the show excited by the prospect of more of the characters they love, but I’m not convinced it offers all that much to anyone who doesn’t watch the show.

I suppose my objection to this comic has more to do with me than with the comic. It’s a perfectly serviceable book, with decent art and passable writing, that will appeal to fans of a blockbuster television show. Should I hold the facts that the art isn’t stellar, the story isn’t all that interesting, and the characters don’t grab my attention against it, or should I just admit that I’m not the target audience. I’d like more out of this, because I think comics can be, and should be, art… but sometimes, a company just wants to expand their market, to involve a new bunch of fans in their story, and to make a few bucks doing it.

Rules of Engagement isn’t bad, by any means. It is a little lackluster, and the messages it sends are a little befuddled, but it is an entertaining read, and I’m sure I’d enjoy if I cared about the television show. The story may be cookie cutter violence and badassery, but that’s worked very well for TV for a long, long time, so why shouldn’t it work for comics?

So, while I may not suggest the book to a casual comic reader, if you’re into any of the 24 shows, you should be perfectly happy with it. I think I want to like it a little more than I do because of the potential it may have, but there’s nothing wrong with doing what you know and playing it safe.



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"Brian has been a nerd, gamer, and comic book geek since the NES was cool, nerds weren't, and comics cost $0.75. Though his hobbies now cost a fair bit more, he is no less passionate about his escapism. He is proud to be a part of both the Florida Geek Scene and The Nerdstravaganza Podcast."

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