Is Superior "The Best book on the stands"?
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SUPERIOR #4 (of 6)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
The runaway hit super hero series continues! Secrets are revealed, as young Simon Pooni begins to come to terms with what it means to be Superior--and with what fate has in store for him! Don't miss this thrilling series in the growing Millarworld empire! KICK-ASS and NEMESIS writer Mark Millar and SECRET INVASION and NEW AVENGERS artist Leinil Yu don't let the heat up, for even a moment!
32 PGS./Mature ...$2.99
Mark Millar is polarizing for sure , I for one am a fan. Yeah, he may use some of the same shock tactic writing in many of his books with lots of blood and swearing but this is not one of them. I would even say this book has a heartwarming charm to it, the best description I have heard was 'The Movie Big meets Superman' and that is probably spot on to what Mr. Millar was going for.
Up to this point young Simon Pooni with a granted wish from a mysterious monkey in a spacesuit has become the hero Superior and after running away from home he is off to save the world with his new-found powers.
This issue starts with Tad Scott, the actor who played Superior in the films and how his life has been turned upside down with Simon's arrival. Then sheds some light on Simon's parents and the search for their missing boy, and flashes to reporter Madeline Knox who is hell bent on finding Superior and getting the first interview with him. She has a plan that you see coming right away, it is dumb but in comic book logic it works and she gets her man and a short interview. I think Millars' dialogue is great here, as the reader you know that Superior is really just a boy and the interview from your perspective seems awkward unknowingly to the characters on the page.
The best part of this issue was with Sharpie (Simon's best friend), after him being beat up by the neighborhood bullies Simon/Superior finds out and sets off to teach them a lesson. It is perfectly done and afterwards you see the real charm of this book with the two best friends eating lunch at the top of the Statue of Liberty where Simon decides what he is going to do next.
The first 3 issues maybe could have been condensed but I feel like the pacing worked well and this issue definitely moves along the plot. After the end of this one it looks like we are going to find the villain for the story in the next issue. My only complaint about this book is the stupid Monkey, I don't get it. Maybe I am missing something or it will be revealed why the image of a god damned monkey in a space suit is used as a plot device in this book.
Leinil Yu is absolutely fantastic here and his pages are beautiful, his scratchy style works so well with facial expressions and the emotions of the characters really pop as you read, I really feel that this is the best stuff I have seen by him. From the tone of the first 4 books it seems to me that things will not end well and with 2 issues left we will see if ark Millar can nail the ending which is something that some people say he can't do well. I am not sure if this is the best book on the stands like it's cover states but it is definitely one of the best books I am currently picking up.
STORY - 9
ART - 10
OVERALL - 9
Review by: 48 THRiLLS