Suicide Risk #1
This book was interesting in a word. The concept is different than most superpower books I've read. For those who don't know the concept is that in this world superpowers can be bought and most people who buy them end up using them for nefarious purposes. There really aren't any heroes except of course for the police who have to try and combat thevillians. I think this turn in the genre is very complex because if you could buy a superpower would you really use it altruistically? I mean really? Probably not. And this seems like the common theme of superpower books fromBOOM! Although admittingly the only other BOOM! Book I've read part of was Waid's Irreddeemable, so maybe my position is a little narrowed.
Carey does a very good job at world-building in this issue. He really gives us enough stuff to help us connect with the main character although I'm not really sure what his name is cause I think thy use like three different names for him throughout the book which can get confusing when writing a first issue. I enjoyed the little things he did in this issue, for example, the villains have terrible names like Dr. Maybe and Voiceover. At a first glance this could be seen as a lack of creativity from Carey, but come on this is Mike Carey the same guy who writes The Unwritten, so after thinking about it their names are horrible because anyone who would buy superpowers to a rob a bank wouldn't be creative enough to come up with a good name. He also weaves a good mystery throughout the issue about these villas' choosing to go bad which does entice me enough to pick up issue #2. I'm only confused a little with the title. I expected his partner to commit suicide, but I guess Carey is gonna tease that out a little more even though his foreshadowing was a little heavy-handed to use a terrible pun.
Casagrande's art was serviceable. Sometimes it was a little confusing like I had to look a couple times to understand what Mori was doing to people before I realized she was turning them to dust. Another part that threw me for a bit of loop was at the main character's son's birthday party when he interacted with both his wife and his daughter and they didn't show his wife's face so at first I thought they were the same and then instantly felt weirded out by the innuendo she made just a panel before, before I figured out they were different people and sighed a sigh of relief that we weren't going down that road.
Overall I enjoyed this issue more than expected andi will definitely try to pick up the next issue.