Image Comics 2018
Written by Eddie Gorodetsky & Marc Andreyko
Illustrated by Stephen Sadowski
Coloured by Hi-Fi
Lettered & Designed by A Larger World Studios
When the world’s only superhero Nick Wilson lost his superpowers, his arch nemesis Clive Morganfield had to settle for merely being a billionaire industrialist. It didn’t sit well with his ego, so when Nick reemerges on the scene, Clive approaches him with a bizarre business proposition that raises a number of questions: Can enemies be partners? Can you build a future on the ashes of the past? And what secrets of the universe are held inside the grooves of a jug-band record from the 1920s?
This is one hell of an insanely good book! There is no getting around that what these guys have done is beyond amazing as they’ve created this ultimate lovable loser. Already two issues in and Nick is someone we want to like, we want to succeed even though everything about him screams loser, from getting stoned to a kids birthday party and his best friend/agent yeah it all screams this should be awful but it’s the exact opposite. There is a charm and charisma about what these guys have brought to this book that immediately the reader resonates with.
I am pretty impressed with the way the book is structured and how the whole ebb & flow that is created here. From the past to the present with the promise of the future it’s all here along with one (?) chance encounter that will forever change how Nick sees things. Though I have to admit dude has more opportunities to sleep with women and doesn’t take them so I hope he’s gay at this point because that would totally rock! Still the way that the story flows through these pages is magnificent and all it does is make you yell at the characters, help them decide what to do and never want this to end.
The introduction of new, to us, characters that expand Nick’s world and open up new avenues of storytelling is great to see. While his best mate is a total douchebag he’s still in his life hoping to keep living off Nick working at his former alter ego. Now we get to see his former arch-nemesis who wants to go into business with him. I like the exchange they have it’s an intelligent conversation and even full of Nick’s incredulous sarcasm Clive makes perfect sense. I love seeing in writing the fact that a hero needs his villain to be any kind of successful.
Stephen’s work on the interiors here is pretty spectacular as well. Whether it’s a kind of flashback moment in full old school four colour splash page to a current more modern style to represent the here and now it’s got that quality to it that makes it stand out. The linework here is amazing and the way that bird is shown it gave me the shivers but that’s precisely what it was intended to do. The use of page layouts so that we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a strong seasoned eye for storytelling. The judicious utilisation of backgrounds is great to see as everything looks to be done for a specific reason and it works beautifully.
Once his best mate leaves and supposedly ends their friendship/partnership that’s when we meet Coco. Love the dialogue and conversation the two have and the way that they seem to connect with one another. Also touching her hand makes him suddenly nervous that was interesting to see. Still I am not sure meeting her is happenstance but for whatever the reason it’s exactly what he needs at that moment.
Wildly fun, completely original and with some of the best storytelling around right now this is one you need in your life.