By Mark Millar (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Dean White (colors)
Everything you’ve heard about this book is true. It’s gritty, real, and violent. For those not in the know, the book’s premise is simple: A high school kid who’s a big comic book fan wonders why no one ever dresses up and does the “super hero thing” in the real world. He decides to be the first and is (literaly) hit with a grim reality.
What’s so fascinating about this book is not just how grounded in reality it is, but also how it comes to its conclusion. I know there’s more issues coming, but from the catastrophe we witness, you’d think there wouldn’t be much left for a second issue. What also surprised me is just how much narrative we’re given. I was expecting a “silent” type of book where Millar and Romita take us out on a day with this kid. Instead, we get a complete origin story. This isn’t a book you’ll breeze through in a few minutes – there’s a lot to read!
Mark Millar does an excellent job getting us into the shoes of the “hero” and learning about the world he dwells in. His references to other comics aren’t distracting either – this is stuff comic book geeks really talk about! And John Romita Jr.? What’s there to say? He’s a god. This is easily the best art he’s produced in the last few years. If you were expecting the rushed look he did in World War Hulk, you’re in for a big surprise. The world he draws is completely alive and full of detail. His storytelling is spot on perfect, and when things get frantic, he steps up to the plate and hits us a home run. Romita’s portrayal of violence stings and there will be moments that’ll genuinely make you cringe. Because it’s all real. And reality hurts. (Grade: A)
– J. Montes
A Second Opinion
I knew little about the book, but I like that it’s based on reality, not the Marvel universe of superheroes. Love the nerd references, lots of funny moments. This is a truly great origin story.
I didn’t expect the ending as well. How does he get to be a superhero if he’s almost dead? I can’t wait for next issue! Every comic book fan needs to buy this comic, it’s about you! (Grade: A)