Written by Luke Anthony
on Tuesday, February 11 2014 and posted in Reviews
Invincible meets Galactus meets Fifth Element
Source: Image Comics
Some people say you have to get the first page right to hook an audience. Others say there’s a certain “flip-test” that a good issue has to pass. Some give a new series 3-5 issues before they make an assessment of whether or not the series is good. I’d love to say I stick to one of those tests, but truthfully, I do all three. First glance at the new series, Egos, created by Stuart Moore (Web of Spider-Man) and Gus Storms, a new talent, seems promising. Good sci-fi is hard to find, in my opinion, so when I look at the first pages of issue #1, I see new worlds, pastel colors, and gritty, wordy, wide panels. A world has ended, clearly as the panels describe.
Flipping through, we begin with an epilogue, we’re introduced to an old hero, The Planetarian. He looks a lot like a baddy from Invincible, Robert Kirkman’s wordly & other-worldly crisp, clever superhero series, but that may just be because of his mustache. The Planetarian gets an intro similar to what The Comedian does at the beginning of Watchmen. In other words, it begins with the end. The issues push along with some relatable dialogue. Though as soon as you begin to feel comfortable with the pacing, it changes. Reading Egos is like riding a roller coaster blind-folded. It’s substantial, but has a tendency to yank you around a bit, which I’m enjoying.
The main bad guy that was introduced at the beginning of issue #1, Masse, would be underserved to compare him to Galactus. He’s a “living universe” bent on destroying worlds to satiate his hunger for energy. The difference would be that after he devours worlds, he only wants more. He has his own gravitational force that crushes planets, and perhaps more gruesome is when it’s up close and personal, as in super-heroes. That’s just what it becomes in this issue, personal. Masse, the destroyer of solar systems takes a single death in the family personal, and seeks out vengeance against the Egos, or really just our protagonist, Deuce.
So at the end of issue #2, I have to say it still looks promising to be a good B list comic, potentially better. It's well worth the read. It’s a decently well constructed, vast universe with all different kinds of super-heroes if that’s what you want. The pacing is fun, and there’s a little humor thrown in here and there. It really shares a lot in common with Invincible, which, as we’ll see in the future will be it’s appeal or it’s downfall. I think I’d give it a good five issues in this case to make the best determination on whether or not this series will do awesome, or fall in line.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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