Monday, December 14, 2015

Huck #1 Review

Huck #1 from Image Comics -

     In a small, sleepy town somewhere in the U.S.A., there is a man. He works at a gas station. He gets up every morning, goes to work, and does his best throughout his days to help his fellow man...The thing is...His best is just a lot better than that of most. Huck was left on the  doorstep of an orphanage in this town. He was raised there by good people, and watched over by a town of people that still believed that it takes a village to raise a child. Huck eventually found out that he was tougher than most men, that he rarely got tired, that he was something bordering on superhuman. It didn't matter - he grew up believing that he should use his powers for anonymous deeds of human kindness; from finding lost things for his neighbors, to cutting their grass, to taking out their trash, to writing a kind letter, Huck just likes making people happy. He keeps his acts small and under the radar; he is protected by the townspeople who watch over him as they would their own son. When Huck completes his first world-changing act, Diane, a newcomer to the town, begins to see Huck as a way to make all HER dreams come true by throwing unwanted light on Huck and his beloved town.

   I LOVE HUCK. The  parallels with the Golden Age Superman are obvious; Huck is a throwback to the times when heroes did good because they had the power to do so...When we thought that the All-American superhero was good, clean and wholesome. It's quite easy to feel for Huck - you are both happy for him, understanding that he loves his town, and you are a bit doleful on his behalf, knowing that deep inside, Huck must feel lonely not knowing where he comes from and for being the only one like him in his little town, and possibly, in the entire world. Now, this is written by Mark Millar, so there's no telling how he'll turn this story about, but right now, it's all about an extraordinary man who is happy with his ordinary life which is soon to be turned upside down by someone living an ordinary life longing to be just a bit extraordinary. This is just a great story so far, and Rafael Albuquerque's gorgeous pencils make this book pop, transporting you into the bygone days of Golden Age glory. This book is not to be missed.

RATING: 10 out of 10.

Millar...Please, PUH-LEASE, don't go too dark with this.

Thanks for reading.

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