What would you do with a month left to live? It’s a philosophical hypothetical that has led to many a saccharine story, song, poem. Think Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw. It’ll please the masses, but there’s not a lot of substance there.
Here is much the same. It’s a neat enough idea, this guy finds out he is going to die and around the same time he has powers manifest. What’s he going to do with them?
In the end, this is a comic book equivalent to the McGraw song. It does what you expect. Our lead, Dennis, is a bank lackey who hates his job. He has a loving wife and is taking care of his deceased sister’s daughter. There’s not a whole lot that inspires him. He wants to do the right thing but is unable to at his job and with his niece he might as well be a villain.
When he steps up to some apparently confused crooks, an act of unconscionable punishment is enacted and after a trip to see the Fantastic Four, he finds that he has cancer which has now mutated and is attacking pretty much his whole body. Reed tells him he only has a month to live, he goes home and fins out he also has powers. Then the guy goes and robs a bank to take care of a mistake he had made earlier that day. IS he going to be a hero or a villain, I guess that is the point of this first issue.
Problem is, it reads like the script to a daytime drama with Ben Grimm, Reed Richards and Spider-man thrown in. It is melodramatic and clichéd. Overwrought in its dialogue. With Remender being the writer, one might think that there are big ideas to back it up, but there aren’t instead we get some crap origin that Stan Lee would have thought up if he had grown up in the post Tarantino era. The only real interesting bit is a cliff hanger that will only be a wow moment to those familiar with a minor new character.
The art isn’t bad. At first, it is as off putting as the writing, but eventually it just seems normal. It is a bit stiff, but then this is a stiff read.
In the end, it is again, an average book. Unlike last week’s book it is just starting out and only has the sky to reach for and given that we have the talents like Ostrander and McKelvie in the batter’s box makes me want to check out the next issue. Problem is when are Marvel and DC going to stop giving us average books and start knocking them out of the park?
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman