TPub Comics 2018
Written by Neil Gibson & Michael Gordon
Illustrator for Present Day is Atula Siriwardane
Colourist for Present Day is Asoka Abeywardena
Lettered by Warren Montgomery
Flashback Sequences by Pow! Entertainment
Stan Lee's Lucky Man follows the story of detective Harry Clayton after he is unwillingly granted the power to control luck--for good and bad… This comic is an extension of the hit TV series and explores the origins of the bracelet that gives him this power. Last issue was a kind of recap of the first episode and it leads beautifully into this one that does indeed focus on the bracelet and who wore it in the past.
Most American’s are too up on British Television which quite honestly is a shame because it really is so much better than what is on in the States. Aside from the usage of certain words and allowing for more sexual situations that doesn’t require a cable subscription just the overall quality of the writing and acting is in my humble opinion far superior. This is show is sensational and the boys here have extended the tone, mood and feel of the show to the comic with a surprising expertise. If you haven’t seen the show no worries you can enjoy this four issue series as a stand alone, all you have to do is contact your shoppe or subscription service and ask them to get it in.
The way that this is structured is incredibly well done and as the ebb & flow of information is revealed to us we get this whole sense of almost deja vu. The pacing and this sense of intensity to the proceedings is fantastic and honestly without really having those action sequences it still the kind of story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wouldn’t have pegged it to happen either because it’s rare that story alone could tense you up in such a way that with wide-eyed wonder you keep reading without realising just how bloody excited you are.
The characterisation here is marvellous. While Henry and his brother, Rich, are already established characters they still have that air of authenticity to them from the show. If you are meeting them for the first time they are beautifully presented and through the dialogue you get a crystal clear look at who they are. Then there’s the flashback segment and that characterisation too is enough that it could turn you into a conspiracy theorist in moments upon hearing who had the bracelet and what happened with it and who wore it.
The interior artwork is a mixed bag. I get why the flashback sequences are different I just wish they weren’t. The guys working on the present day stuff are absolutely killing it. The attention to detail that we see through the use of varying weights in the linework to create subtlety or brazen images has a striking effect upon the reader. Personally I would loved to see “that creepy smile” done by them then whomever was used to do it. It isn’t terrible but compared to the now well. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows us a strong eye for storytelling. The way that backgrounds are utilised is sensational in bringing a sense of size and scope to the book. Yes the colouring finishes thing off with aplomb and the setting sun on the water or the effect of that window ceiling yeah complete wow moments.
Either as a compliment to the series, which has three series so far and there is probably a fourth in the works, or as a stand alone the work being done here is amazing. The way the story is told and how we see it plus the way it’s able to spark the readers imagination is beautifully done and I cannot stress enough that this is something you should be reading. Broaden your horizons and experience something new, fresh and exciting.