Archive for October 30th, 2011
Brad Huffman-Parent on Oct 30, 2011
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Writer: Casey Jones
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this when I started reading, but part one completely sucked me in. I loved being introduced to these to the heroes of this world as they lost their powers in some extremely painful situations (my favorite was the Flash-clone, Presto). The story does a pretty good job of exploring the effects of the situation, even if some of it is pretty typical and unoriginal. There’s nothing truly groundbreaking in how things unfold, but the characters keep it interesting.
I was a little disappointed in the final resolution, but glad it didn’t take the easy route just for the sake of a happy ending. Huge amount of respect to Jones for sticking with the ending he wanted and knew this book had to have and not giving in to a potential publishers request to change it to something happier.
The art is kind of all over the place, with different artists on different chapters. I wasn’t a big fan of the changes, especially with huge differences in quality. Chapter two is easily the best of it, but the art in chapters one through four keeps a similar style. Chapter five takes a big change in style, and while the art is actually pretty good, the shift is jarring. It felt out of place after the previous chapters, not quite as bright and colorful. The other chapters had a 3D feel in the coloring and chapter five feels kind of flat after that. Then chapter six makes another big change in style. Once again, I like the art, but the change feels off.
Overall, this is a great concept that’s handled pretty well but slightly flawed. The second half feels rushed, and I don’t think it pushed this idea to it’s full potential. It goes in the direction of a standard hero vs villain storyline and doesn’t get as deep into the emotional impact on the characters as I would have liked to see. It’s entertaining and hits some interesting points about the life of a superhero, but such an interesting premise should have been explored deeper.