Review by: Lukeozade100

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Written by China Mieville
Art by Mateus Santolouco
Cover by Brian Bolland

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

This is so completely different to any comic I have ever had the chance to read. And it’s so good for that.

Now before the New 52 DC was just a tag that meant I didn’t pick it up, it’s ridiculous, but for the past 10 years I barely picked up any comics at all so don’t judge me too harshly. And now, now they’ve got me getting 3 comics, it’s not much, but it’s better than Marvel are doing, and considering that I feel X-Men is written into every corner of my childhood, that’s a pretty impressive feat.

Now I think this feat has been done because a)Batman is awesome and b)Because I feel like Animal Man & this don’t really seem like standard capes and tights stories, which I guess is because they just completely aren’t. And again, I think i’ve grown out of capes and tights and these books are just the logical next step, they are just very very good stories that just happen to be using the format of comics to be told.

This issue then, to me, is the second chapter in what is looking to be a wonderful story. Last month we got the intro to what seems to be a brilliant premise (A telephone box that turns you into a random superhero each time, yes please.) and we get more of that this month.

I am boggled as to how all the different superheroes, each of which could seemingly have issue after issue to explore their nuances can be confined to just one or two panels, and i’m boggled because how the hell are they going to keep coming up with these things? But in this chapter we also start to get a bit more plot development, the baddy gets a bit more of a face, and a potential ally appears, and hints are dropped that make you smile.

So pick this up I guess, I know it comes from a horror writer and that put me off at first because I generally find horror stories a bit boring, but this isn’t horror, this is just clever writing and I know that it doesn’t have Superman or Batman or Wolverine front and centre, it just has a depressed fat guy, but c’mon, haven’t we all had our fill of Supes and Bats and Wolvie. Let’s get behind the guy who wears skintight clothes because he can’t get a bigger size rather than the guy who wants to show of his abs for a change.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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