Marvel Comics 2016
Written by Chuck Wendig
Illustrated by Nik Virella & Marc Laming
Coloured by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Hyperion must answer for his crimes! It's HYPERION versus IRON MAN in a battle over what it truly means to be a hero…but it looks like Iron Man isn't the only person looking for answers…and REVENGE?! Will Hyperion survive this epic showdown?
No no no no no did I say NO! This is why I am not reading many Marvel comics anymore because once I find a book that is interesting, well written, illustrated and a thought provoking introspective look at a character trying to find not only his place in a new world but find himself again it gets cancelled. While a book like Thunderbolts with insanely subpar artwork goes forward. I am attracted to this series because of how well Chuck has written this and how interesting the look at a character we know nothing about is being done.
That this doesn’t fit the mold of what else they are currently publishing, namely anything Avenger, was another huge draw for me. With the folding of characters from other universes into the main universe seemed like a gimmick this was a shining bright spot for me. Then suddenly I got this issue and it feels like it had to be rewritten to end it here. I want to see more of Marc and Doll on the road encountering strange villains and constantly looking over their shoulder for Doll’s family to come a calling.
The dynamic between the characters Chuck has created is magnificent. I never was a fan of any incarnation of the Squadron Supreme so that I feel this passionately about this series should be a strong testament to the creators involved.
There’s a reason there’s a new Civil War, redundancy, in the Marvel U and Tony’s involvement while no surprise has him showing up here playing that i’m the man charge role. He’s here to have Hyperion answer for his actions, as if one man in armour can make this man of unlimited power do anything. While the dialogue only strengthens why I dislike Tony it also reaffirmed why Marc is such a character find.
The interior artwork here has been a joy and even if I can discern who did which pages it doesn’t stop the flow throughout the whole book from being extremely enjoyable. The attention to detail, the use of angles, perspective and yes backgrounds helped us see the larger picture here and enjoy the battles as much as the downtime.
I’m sad that something so well done, thoughtful and interesting has been cut short. I firmly believe that this was one of the strongest most interesting titles the company was putting on stands today. I miss when people could proudly say Make Mine Marvel.