Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Colourist: Dave McCaig
Release Date: 16th December 2015
I’ve been looking forward to the second issue of Huck ever since the first was released, and it didn’t disappoint. The first issue was such a gentle introduction to our hero that I felt sad when it ended so quickly. I wanted to know more about him. Where did he come from? Where are his parents? How did he get his powers?
Huck is a big gentle giant. Seemingly intellectually slower than most but with a kind heart and super strength and speed along with an innate ability to find lost things. Every day Huck writes a list of the things he is going to do for people. These range from taking out everyone’s trash to finding missing people and things. Those that live in the town are well aware of Huck’s abilities but they keep them a secret, telling only those that settle in the town. Obviously this was going to go wrong at some point and eventually someone decides to cash in on Huck and the media descend.
Issue #2 opens in Siberia in 1981 where some sort of experiment is taking place. A woman, standing on the ice in nothing but a hospital gown is being asked what Commander Veselov is holding in his hand. Ok. This isn’t an unusual request. Only it is, because Commander Veselov is a mile below the ice in a submarine. Now that IS unusual! Cut to present day Vermont. The same woman is watching the news about Huck when a small child comes in to ask her about a violin lesson. She obviously doesn’t want to be interrupted so she puts him to sleep by touching him. This introduces us to 2 new characters. Professor Orlov (crazy scientist) and Mrs Jones (possibly Huck’s mother?) This brings a dark new twist to the story. Huck isn’t the only person to possess powers.
The story then focuses on Huck, trapped in his house with his friends and neighbours while the media frenzy continues outside. He clearly doesn’t like the attention but suddenly focuses on a woman crying outside. Huck leaves the house, pushing past the media and asking the woman how he can help her. Her husband is missing. She has 3 children. She just needs closure. Then, a mother and a father looking for their daughter who may have turned to drugs, a sister looking for her contractor brother who has gone missing in Afghanistan and a boy looking for his lost dog. Huck is so polite, so caring during all of this. He just makes one of his lists and off he goes doing what he does best – finding lost things.
I absolutely love the character of Huck. He is such a breath of fresh air from Millar’s usual characters. Huck is like the anti-Kick Ass. He doesn’t swear, he takes great care not to hurt anyone, even the antagonists in the story. He is polite and all he wants to do is help. He comes across as so innocent it makes me want to hug him. I am a huge fan of Albuquerque’s work and count American Vampire as one of my all-time favourite series. In Huck, Albuquerque’s art just works brilliantly bringing Huck’s world to life. The action sequences flow really well showing Huck jumping from car to car and from bridges onto trains. He is obviously fast and extremely strong with an innate ability to find people. You get a real feel of his power while never losing sight of his gentleness and will to help others. McCaig’s colouring brings the whole thing together and it really is beautiful. I am curious however, can he fly? You never see it but it is implied. How else would he have gotten to Afghanistan so quickly? Or perhaps he has other powers he has yet to reveal?
I love Huck. I do. I am really looking forward to getting to know this gentle hero and where exactly he came from. Who are the mysterious red headed woman and strange Russian doctor? What is their part in all this? What about the twist in the last panel? We will no doubt find out. I can’t recommend Huck highly enough. It’s a real triumph for Millar and Albequerque. If you read nothing else before the end of the year then read this. You will thank me.
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The writer of this piece was: Cat McGlinn
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