March 21, 2009

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28 from IDW. It’s not often I buy IDW books, mostly because they’re just not my kind of thing, but the basic idea for this comic struck me as interesting and intriguing. It’s also an unusual book for them because it’s a superhero comic. Then I read a bit more about the comic and it the unique perspective the story was taking and I was even more interested.

It’s not a spoiler to say the story begins at the end, with the death of Savior 28. The story then goes back into the past where we find out more about who he was and the influence he had on the world over the many decades he was active.

The entire first issue is the hook as it raises a lot of questions and it starts with murder and the mystery around it. It raises questions about who was responsible and why they would do such a thing, and then it goes back in time to study the man who was killed.

It’s written by J M DeMatteis and is very well done, with sharp, tight narration, some exposition is needed but its not too heavy, and the story keeps moving at a good pace. The voice of the character who is narrating the story is very clear and also very in keeping with his age and generation. In the first issue we get a lot, from the how, to where the character’s name came from and the type of person he was, both flawed and heroic in one package.

There are a lot of parallels and nods to other superhero stuff that’s gone before. There are lots of layers to peel back for the well read, but its also a fun and interesting read for those not in the know. At times it reminded me of the Death of Captain America by Ed Brubaker from Marvel, especially since there are a lot of similarities between Savior 28 and Cap and how they died. There are also shades of Batman and Robin in there as Savior 28 he had a young sidekick from the street. It also reminded me of Powers by Brian Bendis, as no one is totally good or totally evil. The cover was also very reminiscent of the first issue of Powers with the body of Retro Girl dead against a wall. It may not have been intentional but it made me think of it.

There are lots of other hidden gems, but they don’t detract from what is an interesting read and a superhero comic which isn’t run of the mill. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAVIOR 28 is a mini series from IDW and issue 1 is available now.


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