The tales of Mad Ghost’s Unnamed continue as danger closes in on Muddy Davis and the robot soldier known only as Joe. But it gets worse when Muddy’s young neighbor Emily becomes tangled in the complex web that threatens all of their lives. A sinister faction is gaining ground to claim Joe for their own…and they won’t leave any witnesses.
Un Cómic MásThis comic includes a beautiful tribute to Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, as mystery and reunion grow in this spectacular story. Art Gary Frank and Brad Anderson change the visual pace with a lighter tone by including three children and balance it with the terror of the Junkyard chasers. Art reaches new levels that will move you.
Lyles Movie FilesThe fourth issue of Junkyard Joe plays out in a lot of ways like a classic Disney movie. Geoff Johns is a magical writer so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s able to make this concept work. Still, it’s some of his most impressive work. Johns takes a grieving family still reeling from the loss of their mother and pairs them with a widower and his fellow soldier — a robot suffering some form of PTSD. All while an armed group of presumed soldiers are closing in searching for Joe. (...)Junkyard Joe speaks to an uncertain time while offering a glimpse of something worth living for if the characters (and readers?) are willing to embrace it.
Comic WatchJunkyard Joe #4 continues to further the plot but at a detriment to the characters. The art is fantastic and is once again, the best part of this series.
First Comics NewsJust like the previous issue, Junkyard Joe is getting reacquainted with Morrie “Muddy” Davis, the cartoonist behind his strip and yes, most of this issue plays like a very depressing episode of “ALF” and it seems like the rest of Morrie’s neighbors are starting to notice Joe hanging around. I guess this is Geoff Johns’ way of giving us a “Calm before the Storm” story until his intentions for this arc kick into high gear but for the most part, this issue tends to drag but pays off towards the end, which is the only bright aspect about this issue. Praying that this next issue returns us to the excitement from the first issue and we get to see Joe in all his glory but hopefully, the slow burner stories from this issue will be the last.
ComicBook.comJunkyard Joe #4 marks a big shift in the story so far. The issue shifts from being something of a quiet, emotional character study of a handful of characters each experience trauma and loss to creating relationships between them when Emily happens upon Muddy and Joe and is then entrusted not only with the secret but becomes part of trying to find answers. That in turn leads into the growing conflict of the story as the forces looking for Joe begin to come into play. While generally such a big shift in story could be a challenge, writing-wise it's well-paced and, as has been the case with the previous issues, the art here is what genuinely does most of the storytelling. This issue in particular conveys a lot on the faces of the characters that isn't said in the text – including Junkyard Joe. While I would like for things to be a little meatier story-wise here, it's obvious that we're about to head into some interesting territory and this is a strong left turn.