Writer Brian Michael Bendis has critical superhero credentials, having formed and been on the helm of a number of the greatest comedian e book collection for each Marvel and DC. Now, with artist Jacob Edgar, colorist Okay. J. Díaz, and letterer Joshua Reed, they’re collaborating on a brand new comedic superhero e book for Dark Horse Comics. Due out in November, The Ones takes a trope that the viewers will know all too nicely and reinvigorates it with an surprising and hilarious premise.
The concern explains that there are a number of “chosen ones” within the multiverse. While every of them is instructed they’re the singular hero to avoid wasting the world, it seems that solely one among them is correct. To make issues worse, the true “chosen one” appears to have some nefarious plans. Now, those want to face united to defeat this singular drive that threatens the very existence of humankind. In concept, they’re nonetheless the chosen ones, however the particulars of the prophecy should not fairly what they anticipated.
The “chosen one” narrative is likely one of the most overused tropes in fiction. Bendis and Edgar know this. They lean into it and squeeze out an unique premise the place it could have appeared unattainable. More importantly, it is laugh-until-there’s-a-coughing-fit humorous, as The Ones #1 poses the fascinating query: What if all of the “chosen ones” have been truly meant to band collectively to cease the actual “chosen one” who occurs to be evil? Naturally, it will get much more entertaining when all these distinctive personalities and egos are shoved into a gaggle and compelled to work collectively. The first concern already delivers a ton of chuckles, nevertheless it’s simple to see that that is solely the start of the shenanigans.Edgar’s cartoonish model is everywhere in the e book’s DNA. It’s a welcoming and soothing aesthetic that is simple on the attention and is not too overpowering for readers who’re new to the medium. While it is nonetheless early days in The Ones, do not be stunned if this story is became an animated present within the close to future since its charming narrative and artwork are more likely to encourage networks to get right into a bidding conflict over the property.
Complementing Edgar’s drawings are Díaz’s vibrant colours. Even within the darker moments of the e book, it by no means feels gritty or gloomy, because the distinction and hues carry a sure stage of consolation to the reader. Think of the beloved Batman: The Animated Series as a great comparability. Reed’s lettering additional provides to the cartoon model of the e book, because it serves the artwork in an understated however efficient manner. While there is definitely room for experimentation in lettering, preserving it easy works for this sort of e book.
As far as first points go, The Ones #1 hits it out of the park. It manages to introduce the primary characters and delivers a handful of hilarious moments that promise a light-hearted strategy to tremendous heroics. This is one title that comedian e book readers ought to be asking their shops to order and add to their pull checklist instantly.