I’m a fan of Joshua Hale Fialkov. As I’ve said before, he’s the only reason I even gave DC’s I, Vampire a chance. I’ve been reading his indie stuff since Elk’s Run and I’m excited to see when he starts something new. That having been said, it was like an early birthday present when I was at my local store looking for something new and came across The Last of the Greats #1. Some extra extra excitement came in seeing a writer that I’m excited about doing something new with Superheroes.
Something else I’ve said more than once is that comics are far too often drenched in superheroes – comics and superheroes are often synonymous. Superheroes are so prevalent in comics that it can at times make the industry difficult for new readers to pick books up and take the art of comics serious. I have often seen indie creators take up a superhero book as they begin to crescendo in their career, almost as a way of legitimizing themselves. But, given that most of the books that The Big 2 creates is mostly superheroes, it is hard to make good money in the industry without doing a capes book. All that said and yet to be done, it is not impossible for something new and interesting to be done with superheroes. Robert Kirkman has proven this with Invincible and I would even say that The Fialkov has done the something exciting with The Last of the Greats.
OK – about the book itself – the art is a little dense in a nice indie way. It’s not glossy smooth like many of the mainstream comics today and that makes it nice and refreshing. The art pushes bounds but not so much that the storytelling gets lost. One thing that I will point out about the writing/art is that there are transition points that happen mid-page or where it is not “by the rules” but that’s OK in this situation because they are aware of what they are doing – their transitions are only meant to be moments in characters’ minds, not complete movement to a new location. I will also say that the book has a great grab you by the eyeballs moment when it starts on 9/11/2001. It’s a smart use of a scar in every American’s mind. I will definitely be checking out this book later and following up with additional review of the trade paperback.