Sideways #3 Review – Keeps on truckin on
Written by: Dan Didio and Justin Jordan
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
Colors by: Daniel Brown
Published by: DC Comics
So… Sideways has been… surprisingly consistent. I don’t know why but this series just keeps working. On to the plot.
Derek fights Killspeed! That’s it. That’s the whole issue. I can’t really tell you much more because otherwise I’d spoil the book. As you can imagine this review is going to be a bit short.
This was a curious little issue because I both like it and dislike it in an equal manner. On the one hand, it gives us crucial information regarding Derek’s powers, establishes a potential recurring villain for him and shows his first real victory (granted, it’s a victory that happens in underoos but still). On the other hand, the whole issue is wasted on that one fight. It feels clunky, like all of this could’ve been established in the first or second issue. Across all these issues, my complaint is the same: I want to know more about the supporting cast of this comic. I mean, we’ve only seen Ernestine’s twin sister once. If nothing else this comic proves a very important rule of comic writing: Establish the most you can in the first issue. You need to grab your audience immediately and you shouldn’t expect reader loyalty if you drag your ass for issue upon issue. Also, that final section of “Stepin’ Out With Sideways” felt really unnecessary. It’s literally a recap of what we were told two issues ago. It really frustrated me that they used their pages on THAT.
Still, the issue itself doesn’t suck. The fighting is well handled and moves around a lot and Derek actually has to use strategy to fight his foe because with a power set like his, you really have to think outside the box. I really appreciate that choice by his creators, since it would have been so easy to just give him some generic powers like fire or something. Killspeed is also a fairly interesting villain and you actually feel kind of sad for her, given her backstory.
I’ve said it twice before and I’ll say it again: Kenneth Rocafort’s art is really great. It’s kinetic, it’s dynamic and it works great for action. There’s a two page spread that’s really simple but it still conveys a lot of the epic feeling they were going for. It just works.
Overall, Sideways #3 keeps the quality. Granted, I think it should be moving faster and I think it’s been consistently wasting its side characters, but I like what’s been established so far and the action’s good. I give it a solid recommendation. The next issues are probably gonna be “Make it or Brake It” for me, since it doesn’t have the excuse of establishing the status quo anymore but I’m hopeful.