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Abyss #1

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2007
By: Matthew McLean

Writer: Kevin Rubio
Artist(s): Lucas Marangon, Nick Schley(i), Andrew Dalhouse (c)

Publisher: Red 5 Comics

Abyss is a funny book that plays on many, many comic book conventions, including ones that it invents itself. Unfortunately, the book’s elements don’t quite come together, making it more of a chuckler than a laugh-out-loud book many fans are probably expecting from the writer of Troops.

Eric Hoffman, the main protagonist, is the son of multi-billionaire Raifer Hoffman, who has recently passed away under mysterious circumstances. Eric, considering his rather strained relationship with his father, is covering up whatever actual feelings he has about the death with a shell of ambivalence. Riding shotgun on the way to the will reading is his uncle, who, judging by his demeanor during the trip, isn’t going to miss his brother much either.

The story, from beginning to end, is charming and filled with little details that make it a fun read for any comic book fan. It’s almost like a long running inside joke that you, the fan, get to be apart of. If you aren’t a fan of comic books, what are you doing here?

If you take the time to read the inside cover it states, that after losing his father ‘nothing could have prepared him for what happened next’. That’s pretty much where the book fails. Eric is entirely too cool for the nuttiness of what happens next to really work well as a comedy. After making a crack about his father not possessing a secret lair, Eric discovers that the deceased did, in fact, have a secret lair. This, by far, is the best part of the book and the inside jokes referred to in the previous paragraph. In a short couple of pages, Abyss manages to take shots at Watchmen, just about every James Bond film, Fox News, the Kennedy assassination and Terminator.

Eric reacts to this, and the knowledge that his father is alive and one of the world’s biggest bad guys, with a blasé attitude that just isn’t much fun. While silliness abounds in the rest of the book, including in his father, Eric’s straight man routine just doesn’t fly. Additionally, he manages to outwit and out-fight his father who is supposedly the experienced hand at this whole ‘bad guy’ thing.

The art and production of the book is the same high quality as other Red 5 comics. You won’t feel short changed on the art or quality of the book. However, this first issue is a big of a rough start to a promising premise with a talented and funny writer.

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