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Wild Boys #2 - 4

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2007
By: Michael Deeley

Writer: Ace Masters
Artist(s): Irapuan, Michelle Fiorucci (c)

Publisher: Masterpiece Comics

The Wild Boys are a group of super-beings created by the US government. But some politicians feared they were too powerful to control. They raised public outcry that drove the Wild Boys into hiding. So they weren’t available when the alien Jovarn attacked. 20 violent years later, a small group of humans has found the Boys and asked for their help. Their powers may be enough to defeat the Jovarn and save the Earth. The Wild Boys agree only to become victims of betrayal once again.

It’s a decent premise, if not terribly original. Then again, originality is hard to achieve in comics. I settle for entertaining and Wild Boys is. The action moves briskly from fight to capture to escape to drama. The story reads like a fun action movie: Reluctant heroes return to help the people that drove them away to fight the common evil. But some people still see the Boys as weapons to be used instead of unique individuals. And those people learn that it’s a bad idea to hurt the feelings of living weapons.

The characters, though, are little more than their powers. I never learned who these men were beyond what they did. No distinct personalities, no feelings that weren’t relevant to the plot, and no real names. Just codenames and powers. Who are the Wild Boys? What do they do besides fight? They’re hunted, hated, and angry. Everything they do in the story comes from that. But anyone can act like that. The Wild Boys stick together, strategize, and sacrifice themselves for the mission’s success. And they don’t do it any differently than anybody else. These guys are ciphers; outlines of characters in need of details and personalities.

As for the art, if Irapun wants a future drawing comics, he should stop coloring them. People look grey and ashy; more like zombies than living people. Their lumpy features don’t help either. There’s very little variety in the color palette. Inking is also muddy. There’s very little clarity and definition between creatures on the page. Reading this comic became a chore as I struggled to make out individual characters and follow their actions. The human characters blended together since they lacked distinct features.

I hate to be overly critical of a self-published comic, but this does have some serious faults. The basic story is fine and the dialogue is good too. The characters just need more character. They need personalities to distinguish themselves and make them unique. Same goes for the art. Use a wider variety of colors and make sure they’re brighter in daylight scenes than nighttime/indoor scenes. Use flesh tones on the people, for God’s sake! Basically take a second look at everything before you publish it and ask, “How can I make this better?”

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