Review: Brain Boy – The Men From GESTALT #1

Brain Boy is back. And you’re in for one hell of a show. I have been wondering where the eff Brain Boy has been for the last several months. Cool thing is, he’s right here. Now that I can look forward to reviewing this for the next four issues, there won’t be anymore of those “where did all of my titles go?” moments. And the best part, is that Fred Van Lente maintains his role. I am sad to say that I mentioned in a past article that I haven’t been a huge fan of the whole superhero initiative Dark Horse has started, coined: Project Black Sky, but that’s just because I am extremely picky. That isn’t the case, however, with Brain Boy. Brain Boy entertained the crap out of me during its first arc. This is all post-reboot, of course. I’m super excited to see that the wait was worth it. It looks like we’re really in for some terrific stuff.

Agent Price has a new mission, and it takes him a little close to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Up against a doomsday cult leader with the President in his sights, Agent Price may have bitten off more than he can chew. But a mysterious hive mind has different plans for him. It looks like it’s going to be psy vs. psy all over again.

24797 copy 2Apparently, Brain Boy has a girlfriend, or had a girlfriend, rather. Who knew that a person like him would ever be able to have a successful relationship with any “normal” person? Well it looks like that may not be entirely true. She’s not really a fan of not being able to trust a boyfriend that has the ability to make things go his way, unnaturally, all of the time. I see that little plot point as kind of the motivator for him to get back into action, or being ok with getting back into action. He definitely seems more capable of it after she slams the proverbial door in his face. Anyway, I’m not exactly sure why that part of the book made such an impact on me the way that it did, but once I started typing, I just had this urge to fill you in as much as I could without ruining the plot. I was supposed to talk about the script in this paragraph, but that didn’t happen like I’d planned. This part of the issue just seemed weird to me. Just wanted to point it out for some reason. Other than that, though, I was really impressed with the script. It looks like Fred has some pretty interesting stuff planned for us in the coming months. I’m curious to see where this is going.

The most exciting part about this (sorry, Fred) is the return of Freddie Williams II. His art is so freaking good. I especially liked his work on the first arc of this reboot. That was some pretty terrific stuff. The way that he shows Brain Boy using his powers is absolutely wonderful. I hope that there is a ton of that stuff in this arc.

Make sure to bring some popcorn and possibly a seatbelt, people. This is going to be an entertaining ride, but not without some bumps and sharp turns along the way.

Score: 4/5

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Freddie Williams II Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 5/21/14 Format: Mini-Series, Print/Digital