I’ve talked at BuyIndieComics.com before about The Last of the Greats. #1 was a good read the first time but as it turns out, it was a much better read the second time. There were a few small nuances that I missed in the setup and I was glad that I came back for the trade. As I re-read issue #1, I picked up on what the obligatory twist was going to be: every time I think I know where the story is going to go, I am completely wrong. And that lasted throughout the rest of the book. There are more twists and turns in this book than a pretzel factory and it is completely worth it. This is not going to be your run of the Mill capes book and I was happy about that.
Admittedly, as I’ve said before, I’ll give anything that Joshua Hale Fialkov writes a try but The Last of the Greats really drove that home to me. With this book, he’s found some formula that freshens the capes genre but also keeps me on my toes – the book feels more like a “super-powered beings” comic than a superhero comic and that is a great thing. One last thing I want to mention about Fialkov, the page breaks in this book are great – excellent work. There is a particular pause on the lower right hand corner of a spread that makes the page transition into violence spectacular.
Since I’ve sung the praises of Fialkov plenty, I need to show some love for Brent Peeples, the very talented penciler on The Last of the Greats. The panel layout structuring a page is smart storytelling. There are several panels that stand alone but portray incredible action and there are also several sequential panels that give a dramatic sense of extended movement. I’d go so far as to say that several of the panels come off as animation. My only complaint about the book, specifically the art is that there are several inkers with varying skill levels and that has some negative impact on the visuals. But that’s not Peeples’ fault so it’s only a small overall complaint. All said and read, this is a really good super-powered beings book that is worth your time and money.