Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Peter Krause
Release Date: 10th February 2016
It was a definite struggle to write this review as the book really didn’t provoke any strong feelings from a story perspective, something which is definitely surprising given Mark Waid’s pedigree. It is in no way a bad book on a technical level, but the intangible “something” that makes certain comics work for me is, in this case, sadly absent.
The plot is a fairly typical mystery set in the world of a real-life superhero, and shares similarities with Kickass and Powers, but with characters that don’t quite have the same engaging level of life about them. Basically, one character has had all of their money stolen and the team are going to try and get it back. This results in them becoming involved in a murder mystery.
Quite simply, I just couldn’t relate to any of the characters in the book, and more importantly, there was nothing to either like or hate about them, leaving me feeling apathetic to the story being told, and unable to engage with it.
The art and colours are very pleasing on the eye, matching well with the tone of the story, and the action is fluid and flows well across the panels. It’s certainly an enjoyable experience from a visual perspective, which makes my disconnection from the story all the more disappointing.
For me, this book can perhaps best be described as an Easter egg. There’s a shiny cover, it’s packaged in a tasty looking shell that promises much, but ultimately it’s hollow on the inside. Once again, this is far from the worst book I’ve ever read, but there’s more than a hint of style over substance, and sadly, it just didn’t capture my imagination.
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