By Warren Ellis (Writer), Juan Jose Ryp (Artist), and Digikore Studios (Colors)
Some Thoughts Before The Review: Warren Ellis’ twisted tale about the price of being superhuman is not for the faint of heart. For those looking for something a bit on the brutal side will find a lot to like about No Hero.
The Story: Carrick has been keeping secrets from Josh. As it turns out, Josh isn’t such a fan of the truth…
What’s Good and What’s Not So Good: No Hero #6 is a predictable, gratuitously violent comic that’s over far too quickly and, in some ways, delivers too little, too late. Now, with that said, it’s also a comic that’s a hell of a lot of fun and a great example of how execution can make all the difference in the world when a creative team is firing on all cylinders. Make sense?
Warren Ellis manages to overcome the generic revelations about Carrick’s superhuman team by giving the razor sharp dialogue a sense of weight and scope. Carrick is written with such a wit and arrogance that it becomes easy to accept Ellis’ alternate version of history as well as the very foundation of what No Hero is all about. In addition, Josh becomes realistically distant and disappointed as the information he receives begins to sink in. And that’s when Juan Jose Ryp truly takes over.
Simply put, you haven’t seen the type of violence that Ryp delivers. It’s disturbing, it’s ridiculously over the top, and it’s downright disgusting at times. It’s also filled with impressive details and leaves quite an impression. But violence is not all Ryp can do. He’s also quite a storyteller and character artist. While Ryp’s unique panel layout occasionally makes following along a bit difficult, it’s a minor complaint when the visuals hit with such force.
Conclusion: Despite a few wonky looking scenes and a less than surprising plot twist, No Hero #6 manages to deliver almost everything I’ve been waiting for. It’s smart, it’s brutal, and it’s very entertaining.