While I absolutely love games and novels, I’m very cautious about comics. Comics are short and most comic stories are pretty shallow and seem too short to be fleshed out. What I love about comics is the art, and Hollow looks amazing. It captures the gore and violence of the games as well as the post-apocalyptic setting. However, it follows Jace who is one of the worst characters in the series. Jace is just average, he isn’t memorable like Delta Squad at all. Of course, you follow Marcus Fenix, as well as a new guy named Barrick. I wasn’t too keen on him either. He’s a roughed-up redneck who smokes a lot and has Rust Lung. A new Gear named Gil pops up for a couple issues as he went through boot camp with Jace. Cole and Baird make a short appearance on one issue, but that’s it.
Delta Squad (Dom and Marcus) are out looking for surviving Gears through the first few issues. Marcus and Dom are trying to get to Montevado to find survivors after the Lightmass bombing in Timgad and the sinking of Jacinto (Hollow takes place after Gears of War 2). On their way, they find a stranded camp called “Fucked”…nice name. Jace has flashbacks during firefights of when he was trapped in his home during E-Day and how he was saved. I just can’t get into Jace, not even in the games. He’s a very average character and very boring. I honestly just wanted more of Delta Squad.
They find a little girl named Lily in “Fucked” and Jace promises to find her mother and they take her along. I found this a bit odd because Delta Squad knows they can’t do that. Taking a little girl is too risky and can get them all killed. They should have left her in “Fucked” and come back for her later or something. Of course, there are some firefights with Locust and the art does a good job getting the violence across. I just feel that this story is pointless and wouldn’t make a difference to a Gears fan. I want to hear about a part of the war that wasn’t told in the games, not about some boring character trying to be sensitive.
Hollow is a decent 6 part comic series, but the art is the best thing about it. The story is pretty average and just unnecessary. I can only recommend this to hardcore fans looking to increase their Gears collection.