Sunday, February 26, 2017

Masked #4

   It's been fun to follow the foreign comic stories being adapted (or translated) by Titan Comics.

   One of those is Masked, which looks like a traditional superhero comic (with powered villains and mysterious heroes rushing to save the day), but adds several layers of oddness or reality to the mix.

   When Frank Braffort's sister is kidnapped by the unstable villain The Rocket, he flies above Paris to save her (though he seems unconcerned as she falls a long way into the Seine).

   But he also encounters a mysterious cabal, must find a way to stop a gigantic foe, and he has to deal with political forces.

   The art by Stephane Crety and Julien Hugonnard-Bert is wonderful - unique and illustrative, with strong designs and vivid environments.

   The story by Serge Lehman does not follow the usual hero tropes, but combines some original angles with traditional heroism.

   It's an interesting series and well worth checking out.

Grade: A-


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