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COMIC REVIEW: Huck #2 – The New Cold War

By Buddy Beaudoin

COMIC REVIEW: Huck #2 - The New Cold War

Writer: Mark Millar

Artists: Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig, Nate Piekos


Image Comics

Huck is the story of an all-American boy imbued with superpowers and a need to do good but haunted by dangerous and mysterious circumstance. Last month, we were introduced to the strapping young scamp as he hopped from car to car setting right all the problems of his little community. This month, Millar and Albuquerque have given us something a bit more diabolical.

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The story opens in the mid-eighties on some Soviets who appear to be up to no good. From the few introductory pages we’re given, it’s clear that someone out there is aware that people in this universe have abilities, and they’re collecting them for study. After the prologue, we’re brought back to Huck and the media frenzy that has turned his front lawn into an encampment. Huck is watching the news of his own life, and makes the decision to go out and help any member of the mob that asks. From there, we’re off on a new journey.

The art of Albuquerque is perfect for the series. Huck is do-gooder all-American boy and the art is done in a very classic American prairie style, right down to McCaig’s color work. The lettering adds an extra level of depth to the storytelling. Done by Nate Piekos, the genius behind the comic and design font website Blambot, the lettering is done in a handwriting style that greatly mimics Huck’s own handwriting. As Huck carries a notepad and writes his deeds down, that type of consideration in the dialog design shows a meticulous attention to detail.

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As we progress, we learn that those dark forces investigating metahumans in Siberia all that time ago haven’t gone anywhere. There’s no confrontation, but it’s clear that Huck is now on their list. We also are shown right at the start of the book that Huck is not the only one with powers as we’re briefly introduced to a new character, though it’s unclear at this time as to what type of roll she’ll have in the story.

Huck’s powers are a mix of cliche and unique. He has great strength, he can run and leap, and he has super stamina. What sets his powers apart from other heroes like him is that he’s able to find just about anything. Certainly, it’s not something that’s never been done before, but this is a new setting to tell this type of story in for sure.

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The uniqueness is where my problem lies. I think that Huck is a really great story. It’s really fun to read and you root for the characters. My problem is that a lot of it has been done to death. Nearly any origin story of someone discovering powers leads to government or personal experimentation on that power. While it’s a useful device in moving the plot along and creating some source of contention, the villain archetype for this type of story has been done from Superman to Heroes, a timeline spanning nearly a century, and it’s getting a little played out.

The saving grace is the intrigue. Millar and Albuquerque gave us that new character right at the beginning and then never spoke about her again. It’s those little things that are going to keep me hanging on and that will inevitably lead to a growing readership – not that Millar needs any help in the recognition department.

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The “Best There Is:” The idea of the power set that Huck has is really interesting, and Millar is imaginative enough to come up with fresh ways in which it is used. The entire art department does a near perfect job at telling the story through the art, right down to the lettering. The mysterious new character gives us something to look forward to as we’re left wondering just how many powered players we’re going to see in this series.

The “Not Very Nice:” This is a story that has been told many times in many different ways. While I have faith in Millar’s ability to imagine and engineer a working story arc, he’s flirting with something very cliche and it may be a fight to keep interest.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. Huck is a charming reimagining of the classic superhero paradigm. The art, on all fronts, is spectacular and brings Millar’s narrative of altruism and deceit to stunning life. Though not the most original of beginnings to a superhero structure, Millar and Albuquerque’s imagination can bring this story to new heights, and I believe they will.

Updated Correction: Looking back at the content of the issue and my review, I believe I scored this book lower than it deserved the first time around. The new score more closely reflects what I think the issue deserves giving the quality of the work presented.

Buddy Beaudoin

Buddy Beaudoin is a writer and independent comic creator from Upstate, NY. He's a fan of tea, spacey music, and a nice pair of slacks. He LOVES comics. Batman, Swamp Thing, and Jonah Hex are some favorites, but he's also a pretty big fan of the indies. Should you ever need him, walk outside and yell his name loudly...

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