The super hero genre is one that I always seem to come back to. I don't exactly know why this is. I think, I just like the idea that as bad as this world can get, someone is willing to sacrifice to keep people safe. People are willing to stand up for what is right. But who's to they don't have their own struggles to deal with, that's something that is deeply explored within this collection. Don't expect a story for the kiddies, just saying.
We are greeted by a narrative from our protagonist; he talks about how the city is dying. Everything is corrupt and hopeless and he can't decide what it is he wants to do. His name is Faustus and you can see he's struggling, constantly drinking and questioning himself come into play. Towards the beginning he apprehends a villain known as The Jackal, who puts it to him that they are no different and that he should kill.
As the series goes on, we see one of the many problems that plague the city, a drug known as Float. Users literally float but extensive use causes deformities to the body. Faustus and the team, The Victories, bust down on a gang that are trying to get some money related to a victim of The Jackal. Thing is, one of them is psychic and when he touches Faustus he learns a secret from his past. Thing is, our hero had forgotten all about this only now to have it start resurfacing and it drives him further down his destructive path.
I don't want to say too much more in fears that I may spoil something and this story is just too good that I just couldn't. That would be way too unfair on you guys.
The story is written by Michael Avon Oeming. This is a story that is very well written. Pacing across the five issues is great, and dealing with Faustus' struggles as well as the hero duties of the team all flowed brilliantly. Going onto the characters, yes! Just yes! I mean at first Faustus comes across as like a Batman with Spider-Man quips but it stops there. You find out there is so much more to him and why he acts the way he does. This is a character that I gave a dam about. Even the support characters from the team, they all had their part that felt natural.
Oeming also did the art for the story. He has this bold line, caricature style art. This art is phenomenal! The style suits the vibe given from the book. It really gives the world its own distinct style but there's more to it than that. Oeming does a fantastic job at showing raw emotion in his art, especially when it looks like Faustus has no hope and he kneels, defeated.
Can I just say, that everything about this book is perfect? Stuff it, I will! This book is perfect in every way. I want to see this level of maturity and character depth in more super hero stories. This book is raw and can be quite confronting but that just makes it better. If you are a fan of the genre but want to break away from the sometimes childlike presentation that overstocks the shelves, pick this up. You won't regret it. If you don't, you are seriously missing out on one of the best books ever. I'm stoked that this is a world that will be expanded upon.
Writer/Artist/Creator: Michael Avon Oeming
Published By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: 6/25/13