- Posted by Johanna on July 15, 2006 at 5:00 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
Great character bits and dialogue, but I expected nothing less from writer Dwayne McDuffie. He’s the reason I tried Beyond #1, because the video-game-style plot — random heroes and villains are picked by aliens to fight — isn’t at all my speed. (I’m told that it’s similar to Secret Wars, but I wouldn’t know.) McDuffie, though, even makes me want to seek out issues of the Gravity miniseries, because in just a few pages he makes the character seem like more than an Invincible … well, let’s call it homage.
Scott Kolins’ art, with the right coloring (in this case by Paul Mounts), creates a full, touchable world. That helps ground the reader in a situation where both they and the characters are unsure of what’s going on. (That’s intentional, that the reader should be wondering about the situation, not bad writing. Sad that I have to point it out, but that’s superhero comics today.) Gravity’s a good choice for a reader-stand-in character who legitimately has to have everyone introduced to him and asks expository questions.
A fascinating mix of characters — from old, well-known favorites Wasp and Spider-Man to little-known (at least to me) Firebird and The Hood (remember him from the Brian K. Vaughan miniseries?) — provides a wide blend of personalities, while a truly stunning cliffhanger leaves the reader begging for the next issue now, please.