Independent Review 1-26-2013
Written on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 by Kyle
The Believer by Larry Morgan.
This story revolves around a new superhero who’s surfaced in a world of heroes and villains who calls himself the Believer. While the story opens with the Believer saving people from a burning building the books cover and story tell us he is actually targeting a of recently escaped super villains. There is some back and forth early on in the issue as we see a likely candidate for the Believer’s true identity in a local minister who supposedly died in a fire but whose remains were unaccounted for. This seems a perfect match with the crosses the Believer wears but by the end it’s revealed to be one of the world’s villains taking on the role of a hero.
While the twist of a villain becoming a hero is a less seen twist in superhero comics it still feels played out. Between Thunderbolts, Suicide Squad and numerous other smaller comics that have gone this route it’s important to have something that sets your book aside from the others so it can stand out. With this only being a first issue I can’t see what that thing is.
We also spend nearly as much time watching a local news cast as we do watching the heroes and villains of this world. This isn’t a bad way to get readers up to speed but for the amount of time we spend with the news people we might as well get some sense of them as people but they are just a device to move plot forward and little more for 1/6th of the story.
The Omens by Larry Morgan and Shane Moore.
This story has a lot of scifi/ horror/ conspiracy elements to tell the story of Maggie, a girl who develops telekinetic abilities and nightmares forcing her to be related from her home to a mental institution. Once there she develops a friendship with a girl who is lying just to be in the institution and a boy who no one ever sees but our main character. After a few days of observing Maggie we are suddenly switched into over drive with the last few pages involving unidentified men in black suits, two vans full of dog men mutants and a possibly imaginary man in a steam-punked suit of armor.
Suffice to say there are some inconsistencies with the book. It opens with a scene of one of the mentioned dog men being born but doesn’t give us much information as to who exactly is doing this or why. The rest of the story is similarly difficult and misses a lot of opportunities. We go directly to seeing that the main character does have abilities and nightmares with nothing being left to question. Similarly when we meet the girl she bonds with at the institution there is little doubt she is faking psychosis to be there but she still out right tells us instead of letting the reader figure things out.
I give the story credit for taking on more motifs than some scifi stories do but in going to so many directions it loses focus. It seems like this books is trying to be Paranormal Activity, Splice, and the Matrix all at the same time. There needs to be more definition or at least more clarity as to what the story is about. This might be too much to expect in a first issue but I can’t decide if this is Maggie’s story or the scientist’s we see in the beginning before her.
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