Art is real in more ways than one. At least that’s what Vertigo’s new series wants us to believe, as art is literally alive and has been kept under wraps due to a team known as… you guessed it, the Art Ops. So far the series has been mind expanding in the realm of art, but is it good?

Art Ops #3 (Verigo Comics)

Mona Lisa is missing and it’s not a matter of money lost. Instead it’s her life as she’s popped out of the frame but recently became aware of her social media status. Now she wants fame, but that could spell bad things for the world.

Why does this book matter?

Art has come alive! This is an exciting adventure we’ve never seen, not only due to the premise, but the art. Mike Allred is pulling out all the stops with a team superhero group that’s art themed. What more could you want?!

I’m so over Reggie.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

This issue reveals more about Reggie’s youth and includes a major piece of art interacting with him in a very creepy way. In a sad sort of twist Reggie isn’t scared at all, but instead understands the art is going through pain because it is pain. Meanwhile writer Shaun Simon reveals where Mona Lisa has gone on to and a rather large piece of art attacks. This issue balances the big action, reveals and character elements very well.

The art by Michael Allred and Matt Brundage continues to pop with color and character. The Body continues to look the best in all his goofy coolness and once again the new art that shows up is equally weird. It’s pretty clear Mona Lisa is getting the most time spent to make her look good as she’s sharp and very close to her original painted self. It’s a lot of fun to see her dressed up in punk gear, getting new haircuts and generally looking like a chick with lots of attitude.

It can’t be perfect can it?

It’s getting tiresome to read The Body whine about the loss of Mona Lisa and his general do-nothing behavior when it comes to Reggie. In a way it appears they’re attempting to drag out his purpose for the big climax, but it’s wearing thin. Get over the reluctant member story and get on with some true Art Ops missions already!

The Statue of Liberty needs to get some work done.

Is It Good?

A decent issue that progresses the plot, but the reluctant hero schtick is wearing thin.

Art Ops #3 Review
Mona Lisa looks fantastic as well as The Body
Getting real old to hear Reggie whine...join the club already man!
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