I had high hopes for Maximum High. I saw this perfect-sized, complete story comic book and I hoped that it would be Image Comics-good. But the script felt like a plug and play session in a screenwriting class: “Here is your template, now go”. The overall execution of this book seemed lacking in any real insight about how comic books are a medium that stands alone from similar entertainment like movies or TV.
The concept of Maximum High is real comic book. There’s a secret government school that is taking at-risk-youth and making them 007-style badass assassins. But the story ended up feeling contrived and expressed little heart or honesty other than a need to hit all of its plot points while leading to an ending that was well-telegraphed and left the reader with that always necessary cliffhanger that could lead to future installments. Maximum High needed less mechanics and more organics – the whole read seemed pre-planned and more of a shuffling of chess pieces rather that a playing of the game.
Maximum High left me feeling let down by some people’s reasons for creating comic books – in many ways, this is the opposite, yet still evil end of what The Big 2 are doing. They seem to be generating content for the sake of testing its waters with an audience rather than writing great characters and good stories. Writing, I have to remember that I now have 2 other Kickstart Comics in my stack to read – I honestly hope that they are better than Maximum High.