Sunday, September 15, 2013

Brain Boy #1

   This is one of those titles I never thought I'd see again.

   When I was a kid I picked up an issue of Brain Boy, little realizing that it was the last issue in the series (#6) - it was odd, a bit creepy, but compelling (in fact, I reviewed that issue right here).

   Now Dark Horse has revived the title. It stars Matt Price, a young man who has telepathy and limited telekinesis abilities. Not the most visually exciting powers, but he works as a security specialist, and uses his powers to keep people safe.

   The story by Fred Van Lente is a cracking good yarn, with political intrigue, action sequences, humor, plenty of surprises and an interesting take on the lead character's personality.

   The art is by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean, and it's quite good, bringing real-world characters and situations to life - no long underwear outfits here - all with great character designs and strong action sequences.

   I had no idea what to expect here, and it's nice to find the series is a pleasant surprise - it stays true to the original concept, but builds it into a story that is modern and a heck of a lot of fun.

Grade: A-



El Vox said...

That sounds interesting and like it would be easy and an interesting premise to make a TV series out of it. If you had the right creative team and so forth. Oddly enough I'm sure someone would say, it's too bizarre or whatever just like they might have with The X-Files, Serenity, or Star Trek originally, only to be proven wrong by fans. :)

Glen Davis said...

Finally got this. Pretty good stuff. Mental powers are a tough sell in comics. We'll see how they do this time.