Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Territory

Do you like pulpy storytelling? Do you like 50's and 60's sci-fi serials? Do you like noir-ish narration? Do you like horribly average art that is from the late 90's but looks like it's from the late 80's? You do? Then you'll love this 4 issue mini series from Dark Horse comics.

The Territory is the story of a man who is constantly in search of his ever elusive and ever changing love, Scarlett... or Rose... or whatever name she gets in each issue. You see, the gimmick of this story is that everything is constantly changing but there's a few common elements in each scene change. You always have your protagonist, who never changes, and then there is the beautiful woman he lusts after, the big & bag evil antagonist, and lots of sci-fi monsters.

I felt as if the writers wanted to explore many of the different cliched sci-fi environments that were all the rage in 50's and 60's sci-fi serials and sci-fi literature. In the first issue, a lone man is found by a pirate ship that takes him to a high tech island where captured people are used as fodder in futuristic gladiator arenas fighting aliens or monsters that look like aliens or monster aliens or whatever. He is in the process of fighting for his love when he and lady fall over the side of the flying ship they are on...

Then as our protagonist awakens he finds himself in a jungle where everything around him is mutated. While traversing the mutated wasteland he encounters a group of men controlling robots that harvest the lost people of the "mesh" (the name for the jungle area). Before he has a chance to be captured a group of rebels runs the robots off...

And then the scene switches to a new sci-fi template. The scenes keep shifting all the way up to the end in which, as I guessed after the first scene shift, the big reveal attempts to explain the reality morphing that has been going on. In case you do read this mini, I don't want to ruin it, but let's just say that this ending has been used to justify hundreds of stories that deal with crazy reality hopping.

You know, if this were to have come out in 1950, it would have been revolutionary, but when it came out in 1999, it was no doubt meant to be an homage to the stories of many moons ago. Unfortunatly, there really aren't any comic readers that can really relate to the older stories. I only caught many of the references and stylistic nuances because I watched so many episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. I fear that this story will fail to satisfy most comic readers, even though I'm sure it was created with the best intentions of paying homage to the pulp sci-fi that led to the creation of modern sci-fi.

Art: 2.5
Story: 2
Overall: 2

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Agent X 1 - 7

The only experience I've had with Deadpool has been the one mini-series, The Circle Chase, that I read a while back along with the currently running Cable and Deadpool series. As far as I know, Agent X was to be the successor to Deadpool's long running ongoing series, but it wasn't to star Deadpool but instead was focused on a character that was very, very similar to the much loved merc-with-a-mouth, Wade Wilson. Considering I really didn't like the mini I read, but that I heartily enjoy the ongoing Cable and Deadpool series, I was unsure of what I would think of the first half of the 15 issue run of Agent X.

Fortunately, Gail Simone writes this series wonderfully. The wacky, funny, over-the-top attitude of this title won me over by the end of the first issue and it only got better from there on out. At the start of this series, a man with no memory and a bunch of X shaped scars on his body runs into the Taskmaster's girlfriend and asks for help. She gives it, which irks Taskmaster to no end, which makes Alex Hayden (the man with no memory) very happy.

Because his girlfriend aks him, Taskmaster trains Alex since Alex would like to be a mercenary. The interplay between these two is spot-on funny. You can feel the animosity, yet it's always expressed in one-liners or physical gags. One Alex is trained well enough, he is sent on his first mission, which happens to be rounding up a bunch of stray animals, including some poop flinging monkeys. For payment his employer gives him the deed to a run down amusement park, which actually thrills Alex.

It doesn't thrill the local ninja crime boss, however. He sets out to kill Alex and his compatriots since Alex won't sell the amusement park to him. There's lots of fun, slap-stick bad guys vs. good guys action and an interesting little twist to end the situation.

Issue #7 was a stand alone issue that involved Alex helping out a man obsessed with underpants get back his most treasured pair from his arch-nemesis, a woman obsessed with bombs. I loved this entire issue because it was basically Simone poking fun at comic book collectors. At one point, obsessive underwear man freaks out because his prize pair of undies has been removed from it's protective mylar bag. This issue was gag and laugh filled!

It's been a really long time since I've read quality comedic superhero stories so Agent X is a riot. If you missed it when it hit the stands a couple of years back, make sure to check your back issue bins to see if you can find copies. You'll laugh and laugh and laugh each issue!

Art: 3.5
Story: 4.25
Overall: 4

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Steve Niles has, in recent years, made quite a name for himself with all of the horror comics he's been writing for IDW. With Fused we have the opportunity to see some of Niles' work pre-IDW fame, and in doing so we can see that it wasn't all that great. Actually, I can't blame the lackluster nature of this mini solely on Niles since there were more than a few other factors that led to the breakdown of this story, but at the center is definitely Niles.

As much praise as Niles has received for his horror work, most noteably his 30 Days of Night titles, I haven't been too impressed. Admittedly, I have only read the first 30 Days mini, but from that I found his style to be average and the title being a big crowd pleaser more for Templesmith's art than Niles' story. In Fused we have a story of a scientist who becomes "fused" into a robot body. After he becomes fused, some government agency takes up pursuit after him. You're never really informed as to what this governmental attack team has against our protagonist, but I'm pretty sure you're supposed to assume that the doctor he was working under was involved in some type of shadow ops program where he wasn't supposed to leave... yet he did.

The majority of the four issues is spent watching Mark, our fused main character, run from the military. This wouldn't necessarily have been a bad thing if there were more clear cut reasonings and explanations given for what was happening, but the only real reasons the reader is allowed to pick up on is the bad blood between Mark's boss and the military. This doesn't exactly work for me, unfortunately.

To complicate matters, this miniseries was originally solicited as an ongoing, but I'm assuming the sales must have been pretty low since it was retroactively turned into a miniseries that would complete in four issues. Niles may have been attempting to craft a much longer story that had to be truncated to fit into the allotted four issues so much of the underlying plot could have been scheduled for examination in issues #5 and beyond.

Another obstacle that this series faced was the artist rotations. Each issue had a different art team, but it wasn't supposed to be that way. Each team ended up quitting after one issue, except for Templesmith who ended up doing the last issue of the series. It's hard to keep a consistent tone when the art team is constantly in flux and there were some drastic changes between different art teams, namely between the first three issues and the fourth issue done by Templesmith.

Even though this series didn't work out, there is one very good thing that did come out of this, at least in the minds of many comic fans--the pairing up of Templesmith and Niles who would later work together on a myriad of titles. I'm just glad that Templesmith has received the recognition he has since I'm a huge fan of his art style. Fused ended up being a sizeable letdown for me, but at least the fourth issue was pretty, right?

Art: 3
Story: 2.25
Overall: 2.5

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Damage Control

So what does happen to all of the wreckage and damage that is caused by superhero battles. I can't count the number of times that Magneto has destroyed New York, the X-mansion has been blown up, or that some giant villain has decimated building upon building throughout a city. You always get to see the battles, but never the aftermath... until now, or I suppose more acurately, until 1989.

As opposed to most of the older titles that I've picked up over the years, this one wasn't simply a random buy. I read a blurb on some comic message board where the poster made reference to how something should have been cleaned up by Damage Control. Not knowing what the poster was talking about, I looked up Damage Control over on CPG. When I saw the covers, I thought that the series had to be at least interesting, if not great! Since there's been three incarnations of the series, I searched out the first volume on ebay and actually managed to grab it for a little more than $3.00 (including shipping).

Opening up the book I was first greeted by the smell of the newsprint it was printed on. It's been a while since I've read a non-glossy comic or perfect bound graphic novel so this was a refreshing smell and texture. It brought back a lot of childhood memories, especially in the story telling manner. This was a funny book through and through, written in that late 80's, appeal to the younger audience style of comedy.

The combination of campy superhero action, over-the-top dialogue, and the concept of a company that thrives off of cleaning up superheroes' messes was exactly what I expected, which is a very good thing. I have to give the writer credit for creating a company that is at the same time completely campy and completely feasible.

The guest spots by Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men also gives the writer a chance to play fast and loose with these characters in a way probably couldn't be done in their respective titles. It's always fun to see Wolverine being attacked by killer Danger Room clown robots or to see Dr. Doom paying bills instead of trying to conquer the world.

I'm actually very interested to see if I can find the two volumes of Damage Control because it is a novel concept and if the writing is the same in the other two volumes, they surely can't be bad!

Art: 2.5
Story: 3.75
Overall: 3.5

Thursday, April 21, 2005

V for Vendetta

It's so hard to find anything unique or insightful to say about titles that are already regarded as classics. Honestly, if people don't already know about this series by now then they can't really call themselves comic fans. Alan Moore, for what it's worth, is easily one of the greatest comic book creators in my mind. Nearly everything that I've read which was written by him was nothing less than amazing. The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen is probably the only exception to this. I admired it for the ways in which Moore tied everything together, but on a storytelling level it didn't work that well for me, but that's not really important for this review.

V for Vendetta was a series that I had been wanting to read for a long time, but never actually got around to it. Much like Watchmen, this is a seminal classic that every comic reader should read sometime at least once. While reading through this series, the biggest surprise didn't come from the story itself. What blew my mind was that this series was originally started way back in 1983, only 2 years after I was born. The finished version of it was put out in 1988, which still would put me at the tender age of 7. Even though I read a lot of comics that aren't current, I usually don't stray back into the pre-90's, usually because I don't like the storytelling contrivances of many older titles.

V didn't feel like it was written in the 80's at all. If you would have told me that it was written in this millennium, I'd probably believe you. The maturity of tone and content is something I didn't think existed in the comics medium during the 80's, maybe because I only read the popular superhero fluff from that decade.

Moore again mixes his uniquely bleak storytelling style with many lyrical situational descriptions to create a living, breathing, and believable alternate England. This version of England is a totalitarian union where anything deemed wrong by the state has been eliminated. Gays, blacks, Jews, and any other person that didn't live up to the English ideal was killed or removed from the state. V, a victim of England's genetic experimentation takes it upon his shoulders to liberate England.

The path that V takes is mesmerizing and you get the sense of this being more than just a simple vendetta against the country that had thought him a subhuman waste of flesh. No, he knows that England has given up its freedom and someone needed to give it back to her. The intelligence, tenderness, harshness, and artistry of V makes him admirable all while knowing that he was only doing what he had to do.

You know, I could break down the plot points, the rest of V's character traits, the methods he uses in training his successor, and elaborate on other aspects of this story, but the only way to really experience it is to read it yourself. Go buy the trade or pick up the back issues and dedicate a couple of days to sit down and digest another one of Moore's masterpieces.

Art: 3
Story: 5
Overall: 4.5

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Doctor Spectrum

Supreme Power is one of my favorite current running series and is, in my opinion, one of the best comics being published at the moment. There are a lot of other people that feel the same way, but then there's also the other extreme that hates it with a vehemence that is hard to rival. I've rarely seen an opinion in the middle ground. Either you think it's a fascinating reimagination of the JLA being told in a realistic manner or else complain that it's nothing more than a overly decompressed T&A book. It doesn't really matter what camp you fall into because it sold well enough to warrant a mini-series off-shoot, Doctor Spectrum.

If you thought that Supreme Power was overly decompressed, then I would stay miles away from this mini. You'll be lucky to get more than a couple dialogue balloons on most pages, but just because there's a lack of dialogue doesn't mean it's decompressed, I know. The problem is that nothing really happens throughout the course of this mini. For the entire run, up until the end of the last issue, Doctor Spectrum is in a coma battling it out with the crystal attached to his hand in his subconscious.

While he's reliving parts of his life he'd rather have forgotten, the doctors that have been attending to Spectrum are trying to figure out how to remove the crystal. They make a couple of attempts, each ending horribly, so then they try to activate it by bringing in Hyperion (the Superman of the Supreme Power universe) to see if it'll activate the crystal. No go. They eventually take him next to the spaceship that brought the crystal to earth, which does set him off, but it feels very anti-climactic.

There's only so many times I can read the same basic thing over and over again. Doctors are trying to revive Spectrum or remove the crystal. They keep failing. Spectrum is caught in his subconscious arguing with the crystal about who he actually is. In the end the big reveal, which isn't even much of a reveal, just restates what you've known about Spectrum all along.

I was rather bored most of the way through this mini, which is really a shame because it reflects bad on the Supreme Power universe. I felt this mini was simply put out there to exploit the Supreme Power fans into throwing more money to Marvel to read something that really doesn't add anything to the Supreme Power universe.

The art is also light years behind Frank's meticulous pencils in Supreme Power. The art wasn't bad as much as it just wasn't anything unique. It was very basic, rudimentary, and realistic. There was nothing to separate it from the 50 or so other artists that use the same style.

If you are a Supreme Power fan, you might enjoy this mini a little bit. If you're not a fan, you'll hate this mini even more than Supreme Power. Really this is something that could have either been squeezed down into a prestige format one-shot or even explored in the actual series. There was really no reason for it to exist as a six issue mini-series.

Art: 2.5
Story: 2.5
Overall: 2.5

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Daily Bugle

A black and white mini series... from Marvel? It blew my mind just as much as it must be blowing yours right now. In all of my experience reading Marvel comics, this is the first mini series that I've seen from them in black and white. There may be others out there somewhere, but I've never ran across them. Marvel went out on a limb in more ways than just the black and white art. This is also a story that's focusing on the reporters of the Daily Bugle, not exactly characters that would come off as a strong sell in my book. Thankfully whatever risks Marvel took on this book paid off.

I've never read Alias, but I'm sure this could be seen as the precursor to that series since it's focus was on reporting (at least that's the vibe I got from what I've read about it). The story here gets off on rocky footing since it doesn't know exactly what it wants to do. Part of the story is one of the editors at the Bugle giving you, the reader, a tour of the place while the other part of the story focuses on a reporter and photographer who are out putting together a story on some small time gangsters looking to cut into the Kingpin's grip on the city's crime network.

Thankfully the editor walking you through the Bugle ends up getting phased out in favor of the actual meat of the story--a conspiracy involving some small time gansters, a chain of restaurants, and a drive-by shooting that kills the head chef of the restaurant chain. While all of the pieces are being put together you will see it happening through the eyes of various reporters, photographers, editors, and even Peter Parker himself.

The story, once it gets going, will keep you flipping through the pages to see if your theories about the mystery are correct, which they probably are since the relationships that lead to the revelations in the last issue are pretty clearly telegraphed throughout, but it's still fun to read a decent mystery every now and again, especially if it's set in the Marvel Universe. I can get superheroes beating the snot out of supervillains any day, but seeing the down-to-earth section of the Marvel Universe, well, that's special.

The art, the art, I almost forgot! It's actually very good, taking on a realistic tone that isn't too ultra realistic, but how ultra realistic can you get using two colors? Well, probably pretty close, but that's beside the point. I seriously wish Marvel would experiment more with black and white art, or even grayscale on ocassion because this series shows it is doable and can be done very well.

You can probably get this little mini on the cheap at your local comic shop or from an online retailor and I would seriously recommend giving it a shot. If anything, read it just to see something different in a Marvel title.

Art: 3.5
Story: 4
Overall: 3.75

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

NYC Mech

When I first read the solicits for this series, I was very intrigued. New York City is populated by robots and this series would tell the story of some of its residents. I wanted to preorder the series, but I just didn't have the extra money to spare at the time. Fortunately, I came across all six issues on ebay recently for $1.00 plus shipping for a grand total of a little more than $3.50. It was seriously a well spent three and a half dollars.

Even though what intially drew me to this title, robots, would seem to give the story a sci-fi feel, it really doesn't have that at all. This version of New York could easily be our everyday version of New York. The idea of the population being robots is simply a gimmick as the focus of this series is on character interaction and the positions that people put themselves in to make it in this life.

There are two main story arcs. The first deals with a group of criminals who are planning on robbing an arcade so they can buy more drugs. The interaction between the members of the group feels very genuine and you can feel the careless abandon they have when it comes to living their lives. They are invicible and aren't afraid to do anything to get their next fix. The only thing that seems to get to them is their annoying cleaning robot, which appears to be lacking sentience.

While robbing the arcade, things go horribly wrong and each member's true colors of self preservation shine through as they all scrap to survive, even though it is implied that only one actually makes it out alive. The reason why things go wrong, well, that's an interesting twist that I don't want to give away. I'll tell you that I thought it was very clever and very cute at the same time.

The larger arc that spans the last 4 issues of the series deals with a brother and sister combo who are living together and living out two very different lives. One is a modeling superstar while the other is simply a bum that makes it through each day by pretending to be a cop and taking what he needs or convincing people to bribe him off. The relationship is quite two-sided in that the brother is simply trying to get by in his life while the sister, excelling at modeling, is so jealous of her brother who she thinks is doing a great service to society. The lies that they both live in come to a head when a tragic situation forces the brother to confront the lies he lives.

As you can tell, this story isn't about robots at all, but instead is about characters and every day life. The robot aspect is simply to spice it up a little. I seriously enjoyed this series a ton and would recommend it to anyone looking for a little bit of 'slice of life' styled writing with a unique environment. If it holds your interest, you'll be happy to know that the next iteration of the series, NYC Mech: Beta Love, will be coming out soon. I'm not going to make the same mistake I did last time, so you can bet Beta Love is already on my preorder list!

Art: 3.5
Story: 4
Overall: 4

Sunday, April 10, 2005


This 3 issue mini series was simply atrocious. Really, it doesn't deserve a full review because I would hope to God above that no one would actually go out of their way to buy and/or read this... ever. Just to give you a notion as to how bad it is, let's look at all of the negative attributes associated with this mini.
  • It was created by Rob Liefeld.
  • It was pencilled by one of Liefeld's underlings who aped his style as much as he could.
  • It was published by Liefeld's Maximum Press.
  • The first issue had a chromium cover.
  • There are variant covers for each issue.
  • The lead character is based on a model that Liefeld knew.
  • The story is about a fallen angel fighting a demon who wants to rule hell.
  • The dialogue is stiffer than a freshly cut 2x4.
  • One of the key plot points revolves around a parish keeping medieval armor and weapons in their basement.
  • The goal of the antagonist is to form a gigantic pentagram to open up an irreversible portal to hell.
  • The main character, a well endowed woman, doesn't wear much more than glorified underwear most of the story.
The list could go on, but this should be enough to keep you away. If not, email me. I have a ton of similar comics I've been trying to get rid of that you might enjoy.

Art: 1.5
Story: 1
Overall: 1

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Magic Boy and the Robot Elf

So who hasn't wanted to create a robot version of him/herself? Maybe it's just me, but I've always wanted to be a robot or at least have my brain put into a robot so I can live longer than this frail, human body of mine will let me. I'm sure you've all wanted to time travel as well, right? Besides being a robot, traveling back in time is another thing I'd love to do since there are many, many things I'd do differently. So what would happen if you created a robot version of yourself and then sent it back in time? That's precisely what this graphic novel tries to answer.

Unfortunately, any answers that are given are muddled and hard to grasp since this story suffers from a severe case of "existential-itis". Yes, it's one of those stories where things happen and you're not really supposed to know why, but in some deeper sense they're supposed to make sense. In my opinion, this only works for a select few writers--Morrison, Moore, and Gaiman for the most part. Unfortunately this story was not written by any of them.

So when the robot goes back in time, it kills the younger version of Magic Boy (the creator of the robot) so that it can live his life instead of Magic Boy actually getting to. Everyone is content in the fact that Magic Boy is dead and has been replaced by a robot of similar likeness. Ok, I can try to suspend my disbelief to try to let the story get its point across. The robot starts to date Magic Boy's future wife and there's even some robot-on-human sex illustrated for your viewing pleasure if you dig that type of thing. All the while that the robot is living out Magic Boy's life, Magic Boy is watching it happen on a special tv that he has which allows him to see into the past.

As the story reaches its conclusion, you will be treated to Magic Boy being greeted by some alien, which he kills and steals the spaceship of, before he is swallowed up into the bowels of existence from which he came. Since the robot has stolen his life, he is removed from reality, or some other weird concept. Seriously, this story just doesn't work that well because I don't think you can really get anything out of it except that it's a bad idea to send a robot version of yourself back in time.

Sadly, it seems that the more Top Shelf books I read, the more often they strike out with me. There really hasn't been anything unbelievably impressive from then that I've read, but maybe that's because I keep reading the wrong titles. Any way you look at it, though, this book can be added to the list of interesting, but completely flawed, attempts at some type of existentialist comic storytelling.

Art: 2
Story: 2
Overall: 2

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Dead @ 17: Blood of Saints

The first Dead @ 17 miniseries was an interesting read simply because of the unique art style. It was a simplistic, brightly colored, manga influenced style that was easy on the eyes. Even though the story was somewhat muddled, it was fun enough to read for the art and combination of high school drama, coming back from the dead, and zombie fights. Blood of Saints continues the story of Nara and her friends, but it isn't quite as readable as the first mini.

Blood of Saints suffers from "middle story" disease. It's the mid-point of a trilogy so there can't be any huge, life changing events in it since that will be saved for the final chapter of the trilogy, but you also need to find a way to keep the readers interested so what's a writer to do? In Josh Howard's case, he creates the antithesis of Nara, who will serve as the channel for the return of our big, bag, evil nemesis from the first mini.

I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed that Howard re-uses a chunk of plotting from the first mini in this one. Instead of Nara dying and then coming back to life, it's another girl--Violet. The only difference between her and Nara is that Violet gives in to the dark calling she was created to fulfill. This does set up the climactic battle between the two that takes place at the end of the mini, but everything that happens between the beginning of the story and the final battle is pretty boring and lacking in action.

This mini has a lot more talking and a lot less zombie killing, which may turn away some fans. There's also a good amount of gratuitous semi-naked girl shots. There's never a nipple or nether region shown, but the girls in this series spend a lot of time naked or only wearing a small rag around their body parts. Since I'm not 16 any more, this kind of turned me off and made the whole story feel like a chance to draw some exploitive art.

I can't recommend this mini as much as the first, but hopefully when I read the final chapter of the trilogy it will all come together and feel like a nice, cohesive whole. I'll keep my hopes up, but as time goes on the novelty of Howard's art is slowly wearing off so let's hope the third installment of Dead @ 17 has a beefier story to keep me interested.

Art: 3
Story: 2
Overall: 2.5

Friday, April 01, 2005

Magneto: Dark Seduction

I gave up on comics almost completely during the 90's and didn't return until after the turn of the millennium. Once I picked up X-Men again, so much had changed that I didn't know about. For a while Wolverine didn't have his adamantium skeleton. There was some big "Magneto War". Genosha was now a mutant safe-haven lorded over by Magneto. Really, I had missed out on a lot, but then again I also didn't have to sift through issue upon issue of crap either. As I've slowly been catching up on some of the events that went down in the 90's, I've come to realize that even the big events were written very, very craptastically.

Magneto: Dark Seduction tells the story of how Genosha came to be completely under Magneto's control. The UN had already ceded the island to him, but the insurgencies throughout the island had been making the process of unifying the country a tough matter. Magneto, in his weakened state, with the help of his cabinet and Polaris managed, against all odds, to secure the entire island under his rule... except for Carrion Cove, the last bastion of rebel activity, which also happened to be housing a great machine of spectacular power.

The setup sounds like it could have a good story come out of it, but in thinking that you couldn't be more wrong. There is simply too much that doesn't work in this mini to make it anything less than a mess. First, the art is utterly piss-poor. The linework is unbelievably simplistic. Roger Cruz utterly fails in his attempt at art. The ugly coloring scheme doesn't help out anything either.

Moving beyond the art, the story also suffers from being confusing trash. Fabian Nicieza is so hit and miss with me, usually more miss than hit, that I should have expected subpar work. The biggest problem is the unwieldingly large cast of characters. Magneto's cabinet is made up of people the reader should supposedly know, but I only knew a couple of them and that's just because the names sounded familiar. The air of conspiracy that Nicieza was trying to create came off as simply confusing most of the time as you had no idea who was actually double-crossing who and why they would even want to. Towards the end of the story, the plot degraded to nothing more than the Avengers taking on Magneto and Polaris, which wouldn't be that bad, except for the fact that I had already lost interest in whatever was happening.

If you really want to know how Magneto finally solidified his grip over Genosha, I'll save you the trouble of having to read this to find out. Magneto, along with Polaris's help beats up the Avengers so that he can get to an ancient machine that will restore his power. Upon the restoration of his power, the Avengers leave and Magneto starts his rule over the island. While this was going on there were a bunch of 3rd tier characters double-crossing each other and accomplishing nothing. Magneto is now back to his status quo and is the leader of an island that will be a home to mutants. The end.

Art: 1.25
Story: 1.5
Overall: 1.25