Nieto looks at the new Mini-Series from Boom! Studios, due out on Wednesday. Did he love it, or did he think it was a load of old pants?
Hunter's Fortune #1 (of 4)
Writen by Andrew Cosby, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Matt Cossin
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (1 of 4), SRP: .99
COVER A: Phil Noto
COVER B: Rebecca A. Wrigley
Diamond Code: AUG090730
When down-and-out slacker Hunter Prescott inherits a vast fortune from his uncle, he thinks he’s got it made. But there’s a catch. Hunter has to pick up where his famous treasure-hunting benefactor left off — and find the one artifact Uncle Max never could! A careful-what-you-wish-for adventure from writers Andrew Cosby (creator of EUREKA) and Caleb Monroe (THE REMNANT). Featuring sensational interior art by hot newcomer artist Matt Cossin! Cover A by fan-favorite artist Phil Noto!
So. Over the past few months, I've learned to love Boom! Studios pretty much unreservedly. The company reminds me (and I can think of no higher praise than this) of First Comics back in the late 1980s in as much as they not only have a wonderful array of quirky, readable books by some seriously heavyweight creators but also a remarkable line-up of licensed titles. Among these, the Disney titles stand out, but so too does the comic book adaptation of Eureka, the show created by Andrew Cosby, co-writer of this book.
Now, I have to admit never to having seen this show, but I know people who enjoy and recommend it. Between this and the solicited premise reprinted above, I was rather looking forward to reading this book. It sounded like a lot of fun, something which often seems to be at a premium in comic books nowadays.
Oy, was I ever wrong! I mean, I suppose I must have expected a true clunker to come out of Boom! at some point or another, but I was completely taken by surprise here. This book is just awful. I understand the imperative to get into the action fast, but everything happend at such a breakneck speed here that one has no time to get to know or care about the characters or to want to develop the suspension of disbelief needed to buy the hoary old urban-myth that acts as the Maguffin that drives the plot. No character has a voice of his or her own, either, which is never good - especially not in a tone-setting first issue.
Of course, the pace of the story may appeal to some; perhaps those with ADHD or a severe lack of patience. I mean in this day and age there are those who just don't have the time to commit to characterisation and / or the importance of non-imbecilic plots. This book will be right up their street, I am sure. Not for me, though: I shan't be back for #2.
Almost forgot. Well, tried to forget at any rate. The speed at which the plot unfolds is aptly mirrored by the apparent speed with which the book was drawn. I'm sure some may detect a vague manga influence, but for me the art seemed rushed, flat and (at times) kind of ugly. When not ugly it was at best forgettable and pedestrian. And believe me, I'm trying to be nice here.
As you may well have gathered, I did not think much of this book. Sorry, Boom: I still love you guys anyway!
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