“Luthor’s Monsters” (part 2)
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Max Fiumara
Publisher: DC Comics
The “Everyman Project” storyline of 52 was one of my favorites. Not only did Lex Luthor flex his evil genius, but it set the stage for a group of interesting characters who were given as sense of “godhood” for a brief moment, and then had it all taken away. Peter Milligan penned a decent launch issue last month that not only introduced the former “Everyman” candidates but also introduced the enormous psychological, physical and emotional problems they face. Those who participated in the Everyman project have developed some very strange side effects, kind of like “secondary mutations” only a lot different. For example, Nuklon creates a double of himself that apparently he’s sleeping with. Okay, so that strange brand of narcissism pretty much sums up what kind psychological and emotional turmoil we are dealing with here.
Last issue, Natasha Irons’ side effect kicked in and see seemingly liquefied and then vaporized into thin air. All of this only a few feet away from John Henry Irons a.k.a. Steel. Steel is now obsessed with finding Natasha, even calling in Superman to help. Meanwhile, Nuklon and his partner, Eric Storm a.k.a. Fury, deal with their tense relationship as Nuklon tries to hide his “other” self. The villain of this series is still the most interesting of the bunch. Dale Smith has the ability to suck the life force from any victim and he uses that to essentially feed himself. There’s an interesting cast of characters here, I’m just not sure where Milligan is heading with all of this.
I really did enjoy the first issue of this series, I felt there was a great deal of potential within this title, but for some reason my optimism is beginning to fade. I really want to see what the cause of the side effects are and how the Everyman project has really effected these characters and others as well, but this title is just so depressing. It’s bad enough that the main villain is a depressed teen, but it gets to be a little too much when Dale encounters another former Everyman. The girl he encounters was never part of Infinity Inc., but she’s depressed and as troubled as the other characters. What’s even more depressing is her power; she can hear the dead talk. I’m beginning to think I need prozac here.
There are some highlights of this issue, however. For one, I absolutely love the scene where Steel goes to visit one of Luthor’s former bodyguards. This is something you don’t see in the DC Universe every day. Steel is continuing his investigation into the Everyman project and finds Luthor’s former bodyguard Hope Taya in the Witness Protection Program. I just found it interesting to see a normal human being actually hiding from Lex Luthor, Milligan handles this scene very well. Another highlight is definitely Nuklon’s situation. He’s probably the only character not riddled with depression but the guy has got some serious issues.
I really like Max Fumara’s artwork for this issue. There’s something about it that works very well. It’s not as dark as last issue and his style reflects on the story nicely. He maintains consistency in characters and manages to keep detailed environments present, all while he maintains his style.
Overall, I wasn’t overly disappointed with this issue, I’m just wary of the direction it’s taking. I personally hope this group of characters takes on some kind of “super-team” gimmick, because right now everything is too depressing for me. Milligan has maintained my interest, however, and I’m still curious to see where he’s going with this series.
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