Diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, Alan Grant has resigned himself to his fate, but in a twist of heroic circumstance, Alan discovers that what was assumed a tumour is in actual fact an extra terrestrial parasite that has granted him extraordinary powers. Now, being tracked down by an agency with ill intent and being assisted and taught by an equally enigmatic group of like-powered people, Alan must uncover his forgotten passed to understand the power that dwells within him.
It may just be a fad, or it could be what we’ll have to expect from now on in, but it seems that creative types are reaching out further than their medium of origin. Comic writers are moving back and fourth to TV, artists are directing, show runners are giving comics a go, ditto musicians, and God help us all, Madonna is now officially a filmmaker. It’s not a bad thing (I hasten to add); new perspectives stop mediums going stale.
In to the mix we can now add James Wan, the writer/director that brought us Saw, Death Sentence and more recently Insidious, who has masterminded a new comic at the rapidly growing Boom Studios.
I say masterminded, but his inclusion in the comic is a little hazy, he’s credited as creator and story but the actual writing of the script is credited to Michael Alan Nelson. This could mean many things, but I’m inclined to believe (without evidence, it must be said) that the original treatment was intended for another medium, perhaps a film or more likely a TV show, and has simply been handed off to a comic studio for reworking after previous rejections.
The conclusion may seem a little cynical, which is probably true, but that’s because the comic is not very good, on many levels.
Firstly, though the initial premise, or framework, is relatively original, the content is about as cliché and derivative as you can get. Mysterious government agencies (who’s aims are ludicrous), cookie cutter superpowers, a ‘The One’ saviour, out of place one-liners and 80s movie style turn of events that just don’t make sense.
It’s also sketchily written, flitting from action sequence, through hastily glossed over passages of time, to some kind of revelation, all the while spoon feeding too many vague or overlooked ideas with on-the-nose, expositional dialogue, as if a full season of a TV show has been shoehorned into a four issue series (hence my earlier conclusion).
On top of all this, the artwork is just passable, telling the story in a pretty undynamic way and doing little else. As with many comics, the lacklustre story could’ve been pulled from the brink if Boom had gone to the effort of discovering an immerging artistic talent, but they didn’t, so what we’re left with is an all around poor comic.
C grade – for originality
D- grade – for writing
D grade – for artwork
Overall grade – D