Dan the Unharmable #1
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: Rafael Ortiz
Dan is a man living the slacker life-- sleeping in the park taking the odd job or two to help people in need though not necessary good people, just people in a bad situations. At first I was calling him the lazy stupid step-brother of Lee Child novel hero Jack Reacher. Though what makes him different besides his lazy ways is that Dan is invulnerable and incredibly strong. My fears of a character similar to Will Smith’s Hancock started to grow as I read each page hoping beyond hope that this creative team is giving us something more original.
The first issue of Dan the Unharmable Lapham introduces readers to our ‘hero’ and his friend Tober, who seems to be more of Dan’s #1 Fan than anything else besides someone who lives on the streets. We are shown Dan ‘job’ and his philosophy of life, the universe and everything. Dan is a slacker in every sense of the word but he seems to have this deep root ideal of helping people that counters his outward behavior. Lapham knows how to write off the beaten path characters as he effectively done in Vertigo’s Young Liars and Dan is no exception. While Dan seems lazy Lapham does not write him in such a way that is off putting, he seems to be characterized after The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski', and to a degree likeable. Though living life to the speed Dan off in this issue slow and easy it dynamically picks up speed to end end where everything start to be turned upside down in our ‘hero’ life. Especially with last page that may come to some as a rather shock to reader with a character who seemed to be a focal point to the issue narrative is snuffed away, but leaves a message for the damsel in distress.
Lapham only shows Dan’s abilities during the most stressful of times, when they are needed when all else, mostly talking, fails. This is a nice touch to the character as with the abilities of Dan I can see it would be easy to fall into habit of exploiting it and using it to tell the easier story of less conflict and more violence.
Ortiz gives us a great effort in what I would call the Avatar House Style. Clean lines nothing muddled or leaves any confusion to the story told or out of place to Lapham’s words.
I will definitely be back for more of Dan the Unharmable, Lapham and Ortiz has something good here something that is engaging enough that issue #2 is on my pull list at my local comic book store. Here is to hoping the creators can keep this fun book going.
I used to have goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals. -- Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
He's being diplomatic again.
Zechs wrote:I have to repress you more. You're way too goodie two shoes.
Fat Ollie Weeks wrote:I swear to God, you are so boring sometimes I think you're just a stealth-mod-bot that Jude has coded.