Mister Solenoid is an old fashioned hero. A big, powerful, moral irreproachable, boy scout super-hero.
He is just a regular scientist that wants to turn the world into a better place. And through the magic of science manages to wish himself some superpowers for himself. In the process changing the whole world. Not only he gets superpowers as do many others. Some become superheroes, some super-villains.
Right off the bat Mister Solenoid gets a generic super-hero costume, a bunch of energy based powers and the knowledge of how to use them. He also gets the girl in the first few pages, without even breaking a sweat. The girl is a adventurous millionaire girl, imagine Lois Lane meets Lara Croft. After a bit a flying Polar Bear gets introduced. There are a few other characters, but all are one note cardboard cutouts, with little depth and interest.
|Meet Mister Solenoid|
I had little to none expectation for this book, but still managed to get frustrated while reading it. It is a disjointed group of ideas that got mixed together and resulted in an over the top retro styled confusing and boring story. Patrick Gerald had some good concepts and ideas, but the execution falls very short.
Erick Webb's art is good enough. Its coherent for most of the book and as very distinct character models, but the coloring is where it falls flat. Washed out colors and different color pallets don't really mix well with the art and story telling style.
|The bad guys|
If you like retro style super-hero antics you can give it a try by checking out its official site, but keep your expectation low.
Publisher: Pandemic Meme
Authors: Patrick Gerard, Erick Webb
Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-ungrounded.html