read the series synopsis on the interior front cover, and
the “Previously” blurb outlining what had happened
in earlier issues. I thought I’d caught the flavor
of this superhero comic book. Then I read
were so many intertwined plots and characters that I finished
the last page with only one overwhelming reaction. “Huh?”
one should expect some unanswered questions when joining
a series in progress, but “huh” is not an incentive
to read future issues. I re-read the synopsis. It didn’t
help much. Sure
the art is terrific, even though the style is the typical
exaggerated reality that has become a cliché for
superhero titles. But there’s simply too much packed
into this issue to make entry into the series easy and enjoyable.
mega plot is about a genetic super-race living in a world
populated by common Joe’s. They self-police their
members to keep the world safe from rogue super-humans.
In short, they are the X-Men with a twist. Previous to this
issue, the “Ultra-Sapien” strike-force has enlisted
recruit who turns out to be more than expected. He is a
rogue in the making.
current issue is about his making, and about three or four
other subplots. I’m not sure of the number because
I couldn’t bring myself to re-read the story. The
creative team is obviously talented, but needs to remember
than less is more. I am not alone in my opinion. I believe
the last survey I read said that if a new television show
doesn’t catch a new viewer’s attention in the
first few minutes, that viewer will not return. I suspect
the same is true for comic books.