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Brit #1

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2007
By: Matthew McLean



Writer: Bruce Brown
Artist(s): Cliff Rathburn

Publisher: Image Comics


When a comic opens up with the protagonist being chased by a Tyrannosaurus Rex, youíve got a good idea of what to expect from the book. In this case, it is for the best, as the team behind Brit brings readers a tongue-in-cheek superhero story that alternatively makes fun of the genre while at the time showing a certain amount of reverence for old conventions.

Iím not a regular reader of Invincible; not because it isnít good, just because Iíve had my fill for awhile of teen-age super-heroes and no amount of good writing or art is going to change that until my tolerance readjusts. However, readers donít need to be a fan of that book in order to enjoy Brit. The titular character isnít a limey, but an American super-powered agent by the name of Brit. He doesnít fly or have eye-beams, but he can catch bullets and chew concrete. Handy stuff for a man who is his nationís last line of defense. Unlike Invincibleís protagonist, Brit has been around for quite awhile and, given his ability, promises to be around for a few decades more. Or so it would seem.

Often when a book focuses on an older character, it focuses on negative things; a career that is coming to an end, regrets about decisions made, or mistakes that led to tragedies. In this case, though, this isnít so. The dialogue is (for the most part) as funny as anything currently out there, often to the point of being flippant. The humor extends to the rest of the book. At one point the two main characters, inexplicably, end up fighting a group of midgets. Theyíre just as confused as the reader about this, but regardless of the reason, the entire thing is hilarious.

Brit isnít without its drama, however. The main character, due to some recent events, is shutting down emotionally, closing out both his soon-to-be ex-wife and his son. Which doesnít help either of them as certain members of the government continue to take a less-than-healthy interest in Britís offspring.

The art is of the clean, crisp style that Invincible readers will be familiar with. From dinosaurs to deadly midgets, the work is of a high quality that is hard to find fault with.

All in all, anyone who enjoys Invincible will most likely get a kick out of Brit. For those who arenít fans for the former, the latter is still worth checking out.

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