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Junkyard Joe #3

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 2 critic ratings.

The tales of Mad Ghost’s Unnamed continue as the strange robot soldier named Joe further inserts himself into Muddy Davis’ retirement life. But the oddness of Joe’s presence has caught the attention of Muddy’s new neighbors, which spells danger for everyone involved. Deadly forces conspire to reclaim Joe, and nothing-and no one-will get in their way.

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BNLZCZJP

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2 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Junkyard Joe #3 takes readers deeper into the story of the Munn family who moved in next door to Muddy Davis and it’s a welcome part of the tale but in addition to be an interesting expansion of the story, it also helps highlight some of the larger truths of humanity: that grief and trauma impact everyone and that how people deal with it—or not—varies wildly. For Emily Munn, the loss of her mother is something she’s struggling with perhaps more than the rest of her family appears to be. We also see the kids get called names and treated badly for various things – including their Asian heritage. Meanwhile, at Muddy’s we also start to see that Junkyard Joe is experiencing his own complex issues with trauma as the robot is shown to have PTSD. There’s some really beautiful storytelling here, some very well-done character work – and all of it bolstered by truly gorgeous art. But the issue also starts really setting up for a greater conflict that seems like it will end up impacting not just Muddy and Joe, but the Munns as well.

  • 78

    Comic Watch

    A lot of the writing in this issue can be easily described as “classic Geoff Johns.” I don’t mean that in a negative way, but anyone familiar with his work can easily point out a hundred Johns’ tropes throughout this issue. Because of that, the storytelling feels very familiar and honest, especially in comparison to the Geiger series that this book spins off from. One of Johns’ tropes this issue heavily relies on is the overload of foreshadowing. I would go as far as to argue that this entire issue was written after the story was finished just so plot points that will appear later will be more impactful. But, as interesting as that is, I found that this overload of foreshadowing also led to some pretty sloppy exposition.

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    Gary Frank captures human expression better than any artist in the business. In this book, he is put to the test by writing about an expressionless robot. Yet, even with that roadblock, Frank still is able to put so much life into the character of Junkyard Joe

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