Writer: HS Tak
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Release Date: 9th Sept, 2015
After a fairly flat opening issue, the second instalment of IDW’s BOY-1 does see a slight improvement, but ultimately succumbs to the same pitfalls which plagued the opener. There’s no getting away from the fact that the story itself is fairly derivative and clumsily told, a mish-mash of cloning tropes and shady corporate conspiracies, and features a truly unlikeable main protagonist in Jadas.
Normally, the trend with the drug-addicted misogynistic slacker character is that we get to see him gradually evolving into something better, growing as a person as the story progresses. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Jadas, who remains every bit as irritating and entitled in this second issue as he did in the first. Worryingly, with this issue serving as the halfway point in the four-issue series, it’s unlikely that any real change will have time to occur, and the lack of investment in the lead character really hamstrings this series from the get-go.
It’s not all bad, however, as Nahuelpan’s artwork sees a significant uptick here, particularly during the brief-but-frantic flurry of action near the start of the issue. There’s still an occasional lack of consistency with the faces of his characters, but his work seems a lot more polished overall here, creating a pleasing distraction from the predictable story and flat characterisation.
While there’s quite possibly the beating heart of a solid idea trapped in here somewhere, the lacklustre execution unfortunately leaves BOY-1 as an instantly forgettable slice of ultimately pedestrian sci-fi. Nowadays in particular, with so many brilliantly inventive, beautifully characterised science fiction titles hitting the shelves on a weekly basis, that’s just not going to cut it.