One Month to Live #1
What if you had only one month to live? What if you had the ability to make things better for others? Would you step up, or falter to the challenge?
No one is immortal, and as much as this reviewer wishes that he were sometimes (and I'm sure I'm not the only one), he like everyone else will meet the end of their time on this mortal coil. The most inescapable thing about life is that it will someday end, and while it is not something the majority of us think about often, death is still something that's waiting for us at the end of life's road, which can be at any point. It very rarely fails to be a shock when you get the news that you have a terminal disease. Usually regrets and Bucket Lists come into play, but what if you got powers that could make a real difference? What could someone do then?
That's the question that comes into play in Marvel's “One Month to Live”, which is second of their 5-week long projects (The first one was “Heralds”), which are released every comic book day this month. “One Month to Live” is also different, because it's a collaborative effort, which will combine 10 different writers and artists on a project, which gives someone who has had to live as an average and ordinary person in a Universe that is anything but. Something that is very ambitious once you understand why this story was made. However, ambtion alone doesn't make a comic worth reading, and as I read this book, I wondered if that ambition and promise would come together? And for the most part, it definitely does.
The story itself is quite compelling, as our protagonist starts out as a banker who lives in a situation where he can provide for his wife and family, however the price he pays for that opportunity makes him little more than a cog in the system, a tool which his bosses use to dispense their will upon others. Even though he wishes to do and be better, those wishes are supresses by the fact that he needs to make sure where his next meal and mortage payment are coming from. This all changes by the end of the story, where he is finally in a position to impact the world the way he wants to impact it. It's all very well set up, as we get a good clue as to why we should care about the situation, and what he wants to do, and it makes you hope that he succeeds.
The art is also quite good, as we do get to see each of these characters emotions through the art, and the name characters that do appear are also drawn very well. Andrea Mutti definitely gives a good first impression of herself, even if her art is not as eye grabbing as Ivan Reis' might be, it'll still be nice to see where she goes from here, and what she learns from this stand up effort.
“One Month to Live #1” is definitely an impressive start to this second weekly series' of Marvel's, I just hope it continues to live up to the promise that the first issue showed.
Story: ***3/4 (7.5): The story of a man who has to make some difficult choices, is definitely well told, and is more than enough to draw almost anyone in.
Art: ***1/2 (7): The Artist gives a dashing effort as she draws her subjects emotions very well, and gives a good showing the name characters
Acessibilty: ***** (10): This is as accessible as it gets ladies and gentlemen. Everything you need to know is right in that book. No one should have any problem getting into this.
Final Judgment: ***3/4 Stars (7.5)