Writer: Bruce Brown
Artist: Cliff Rathburn, Rus Wooton (l)
Publisher: Image Comics
Brit continues to be a fun, funny and strange ride in this second issue. While the book relies strongly on super-hero conventions it brings enough unique twists to the page that readers will alternatively laugh and wince. Plus, I had no idea that Brit had a sister.
In that looks like a mix between the drug and slave trades, readers new to the series are introduced to Britís sister (only referred to as ďmaíamĒ in this issue Ė watch those hands) as she breaks up some kind extraterrestrial, illegal deal. Apparently, whatever quirk granted Brit his unique abilities is a genetic trait as his sister bears a striking resemblance; same hair, same super-strength, same invulnerability, same bad attitude. Actually, the last oneís worse, but the reader can probably chalk that up to being a woman in a job thatís dominated by men. Regardless, the opening scene is equal parts humorous and disturbing, both of which are nicely visualized.
Naturally, when the sister learns of her brotherís death she isnít happy and quickly makes her way to Washington to investigate. With a family trait of being invulnerable, sheís a bit skeptical that Brit just up and died. Using some rather interesting investigative techniques, she sets about putting aside the incompetence of others. By the end of this issue, the reader is left with a great deal more questions than answers with many of these being even more bizarre than the questions that readers had going into this issue.
In addition to moving the plot along in entertaining and interesting ways, the team behind Brit does a good job of creating the background of what a super-powered Pentagon might be like to work at. The cafeteria scene combined with an odd accident(?) that follows in the book makes it pretty clear just how fantastic the realm these folks live and work in is. Itís equal parts silly and deadly. Plus, you have to love a book that answers the question; do cyborgs cry?
The art in Brit continues to be excellent. Not only are the lines and coloring well done, but the attention to detail often makes the story in quite a few places. Whether it is character facial expressions or a box full of kittens, the art team brings it clearly to the page in such a way that little room is left for doubt as to whatís happening.
All in all, Brit continues to be just as good as the book that it spun off from. With the introduction of the sister, the book steps closer to Invincible thematically with an emphasis on the importance of family. However, as Britís family seems to be made of diamonds while working next to people as fragile as clay pots, it should be interesting to see where this goes.
If you liked this review, be sure to check out more of the authorís work at http://madbastard.hypersites.com
What did you think of this book?
Have your say at the Line of Fire Forum!