I've been purposely putting off this review for some time, due to personal bias. The O Men is a fantastic comic. Many comic readers hold the ethos that if you read one issue of a comic, you have to read all of them, or at least seven issues chronologically. While you never have to do that, those readers should benefit from The O Men, given it's structure. A one-issue structure exists, but is better read with a handful of others, or a regularity (something creator Martin Eden manages).
So I approach the review from this angle. And for me, this particular 'part' is below par. Eden puts in/makes use here of a thin inking style and an untidy hatching which does no favours. There is still a heavy black and white style motif, but it carries much greater presence. To be fair, a lot of his trademark curvy lines and exploitation of circular shape is there, but unlike so many other parts, there is a lack of singularly resonant images, the like of which Martin does so well, and crams into the memory like very few printed-by-photocopier works can do. The story too is ok, and definitely moves along, yet perhaps my accidental viewing of the surprise ending has put me off. It really seemed to me a state of going through the motions. All that down, I'd still urge folk who haven't seen it to order one of the back issue packs from details which can be found on the website.
A5, 32pgs. £1.50 from Martin Eden, 19a Trevelyan Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9LS.