Dynamite Entertainment 2015
Written by Mark Waid
Illustrated by Ronilson Freire
Coloured by Marco Lesko
Sometimes you just get a writer and an artist working together that click in such a way that they create a series that works on so many levels you can’t pinpoint when it worked it for you it just does. These characters and the era they live in with the feats they are capable of attaining and that Richard Benson has his own unique ability setting the stage for fighting crimes and solving mysteries that others couldn’t be able to do.
Mark manages to do something here that’s completely unexpected and totally within the Avenger’s mythology and that’s keep his science fiction and pulp roots firmly planted on the ground and make it all seem fresh, new and exciting. Not to mention the fact that the science needed to accomplish some of the feats we see here for the era in which they occur make for reading this is only hinted at and shown by result more often than through the process keeps the reader’s imagination fueled coming up with their own ideas on how it’s capable. It’s the perfect way to engage and keep a reader’s interest outside just normal storytelling through dialogue and narration.
Also Ronilson and Marco do such an amazing job bringing this to life it’s really utterly amazing. To see such fine attention to detail throughout and the “invisible” men and the surprise at the end of the issue all conspire to create this world full of imagination, awe and wonder supremely well.
I admire the way Mark is telling this story showcasing not only the Avenger’s intelligence and deductive skills but at the same time showcasing the scope of the story here. There’s a mystery to unravel about how and why the invisible man was created and whom he works for and why they went to so much trouble to set up Benson and his team. So by using a reasonable deduction to follow the lead on the bottom of the container the pieces of some of the mystery are revealed but not nearly enough and again it almost seems that was planted evidence used to create a smokescreen so that his headquarters could be infiltrated and ransacked while he was off chasing that lead.
Dynamite really is the best home for characters no one else want’s to touch since the success rate at reviving them is extraordinarily high. It doesn’t hurt when you’ve got some of the most talented people in the industry behind these stories who understand what it takes to really delve into their worlds and create tales that are as fun and thrilling as anything else on stands today.