Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Aaron Campbell
Cover Art: Jock, Ben Oliver
Release Date: 1st April, 2015
I was originally quite apprehensive about becoming a BCP reviewer, with questions running through my head like; will my reviews be received well by my fellow readers? Will I be overly critical of someone’s hard work? Will I have to review anything completely out my comfort zone for my first review (I like to dip my toe in before taking the massive leap)?
But, to my joy, for my first assignment I was given the first issue of “Uncanny: Season Two” written by Andy Diggle and published by Dynamite Entertainment. Although this was a first issue, I was immediately drawn to the “season two” factor. I found myself wondering just what I might have missed, but Diggle starts off with a helpful little blurb that brings you up to speed from the get go. This allows new readers, such as me, the ability to dive right in to this new branch of the story. Almost like a television show.
The story follows a young protagonist named Bobby Lowe. Bobby, like most dark and broody characters, is left orphaned early on within the story and is gifted with an “ability” to borrow other people’s talents. Although this could almost be seen as a cliché within the comic book world, there is a sense of familiarity that draws the reader into wanting to fully understand this talent. This aspect, coupled with the character of Bobby Lowe as a whole, kept me gripped throughout the issue. Diggle has tapped into the almost ‘anti-hero’ feel with Bobby, similar to the likes of Constantine, Wolverine etc. It will be intriguing to see how he develops the character throughout the course of the series and this will be a lynchpin that will build up the fanbase.
From the start I was drawn to the cover art from Jock and Ben Oliver, and the interior artwork from Aaron Campbell. The covers have a raw, simplistic-yet-dark feel, which reminded me of a modern take on the etching of the original Hellblazer comics (which I love).
Although there are faults along the way; questions that could be asked and the overall potential for the series to seem like a piece of work that has already ‘been done’, I have to admit there is a certain something about it that has me hooked. I want to know more about Bobby’s abilities, I want to know what happened to his parents, and I most certainly want more of the artwork that I have seen here.
Diggle, Campbell, you have me hooked.
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The writer of this piece was: Chris Jobson