"Mosaic" #1 from Marvel Comics -
Morris Sackett is one of the best ballers that the game has ever seen. Nearly single-handedly, he has taken his pro-basketball team, the New York Stride, to new heights - he's brought home five championship trophies, and he's earned the coveted Most Valuable Player Award five consecutive years running. Morris is the best of the best; he knows it, he owns it. He's got no time for doubts, no time for haters, no time for worrying about what others think. He's too busy winning, looking good and dating the FINEST pop star on the planet, T-Fleek. But Morris' world is suddenly shattered when he is engulfed in the Terrigen Mists that the Inhuman king, Black Bolt, loosed upon the world. To his horror, Morris succumbs to Terrigenesis. He emerges from his cocoon changed, a monstrous vision to all who loved and once worshiped him. Seeking to escape containment, Morris plunges to his death from his hospital room window, or so he thinks. He finds that he can inhabit the body and minds of others, merging, becoming one with them, sharing their hopes, their dreams, their knowledge and...Their pain. Morris' body-to-body odyssey begins as he seeks to find his way back to his father, the only one who will understand, the only one on whom he can rely. But when Morris jumps into the body of a troubled teen named Beto, he begins a journey that will end with a young man's death, and begin anew with the birth of a hero.
From writer Geoffrey Thorne, and artist, Khary Randolph, comes "Mosaic" #1, an introduction to the most original, exciting character that Marvel has produced in quite some time. Thorne nails this origin story, giving us a protagonist, Morris Sackett, that is interesting and attractive well before he emerges from Terrigenesis with his cool new powers. He's got it all: money, fame and the woman all men would kill to have; however, at his core, Morris is a bit lonely. He is aloof, in a class by himself, alone - how ironic that he gains a power set that forces him to merge with other people and be caged by their limitations. But Morris doesn't just merge with people physically; he merges with them down at the core of their very being - he feels what they feel, knows what they know. His identity intertwines with theirs fully. It's really a quite beautiful thought, but also quite frightening. To be fully one with another person is an attractive thought until the idea of losing your own personal identity rears its ugly head. Morris is fighting to maintain his identity, fighting to get back to his father, fighting to return to the life he once knew. If this character is handled correctly, we could see some of the most touching and endearing stories that the superhero genre has ever seen. Imagine a superhero comic in which every issue takes us on a new journey as our hero inhabits a new host. The possibilities are endless! Khary Randolph's pencils are moody and a bit cartoony, with a little urban razzle-dazzle to them. This book is just pure fire. I adore it. Sign me up for Mosaic. This might be the shot in the arm that my pull-list needs.
RATING: A wildly enthusiastic 10 out of 10! Mosaic is must-read material!
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