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As an
intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team
known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy-but is that even
possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the
rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains?
Writer:
George Perez
Artist:
George Perez
Publisher:
Boom Studios
There’s a thing about nostalgia; it blinds
us. We can be so caught up in reliving the glory days that we abandon our
critical faculties in an  attempt to
return to a half remembered, rose tinted past. Whilst I don’t  like to say its completely the reason for Sirens
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not quite popping, its  an
undeniable part of it. Because before buying this issue you should ask
yourself; do you like George Perez as a writer or an artist? If so, pick up
this issue, you’ll have a blast. If not, well… its more complicated.
To start with, Sirens is an enjoyable
read. An all out, no holds barred space opera, it’s about a renegade band of
freedom fighters fighting again the evil Niada. Issue 1 mixes it up though, as
to hide themselves, most of the members have hidden themselves in the past and
had the memories of their prior lives rewritten. So the first issue is a
‘getting the band back together’ issue before things kick up a notch.
I have to give it this, the pace never
really slows down as we rocket from scene to scene, all delivered in a style
that (depending on your prevalence for Perez’s style) will either enchant or
confuse. It seems to be very much deliberately a throw back to that era, where
there were no objections about scantily clad women with impossible physiques
and writers would throw you into a story and expect you to keep up with minimal
explanation. This approach does have its advantages, such as the afore
mentioned pace of the issue, but it also leads to a few wrinkles.
For one thing, the ‘rape as a backstory’ and
‘revenge over a rapist’ story beats get trotted out and resolved in less than 5
pages, never to be spoken of again. Some people will take umbrage with me
bringing it up, but its there. I think part of this is unintentional and part
to do with not wanting to lose pace in the opening issues, but when stuff like
that pops up, used so disposably…well it didn’t sit right with me.
Unfortunately, that’s probably the biggest
amount of character development  we get.
The other members of The Sirens are given broad strokes, but enough to lay a
foundation I hope is built upon in later issues.
Again, I have to stress, bar that
uncomfortable middle section its a fun enough comic. I think that perhaps I’m
just not as blind to it because I have no great affection or dislike of the man
who wrote a great Teen Titans run several decades ago.
If you grew up in the 80s, or just want to
see what comics were like back then, Sirens is a great way visit the period
again. Its snappy, quick and very confident of itself.
Lets see what later issues bring.
Cover image courtesy of Boom! Studios
George Perez’s Sirens is available from
Comixology and your local comic book retailer.






Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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