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Overman #3

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2008
By: Matthew McLean

Scott Reed
Shane White
Image Comics
In the future of The Overman it still snows. Given the contents of the book, I find this oddly comforting.

In this issue readers finally get a look at Dmitri Leonov, the titular Overman, as he once was, that is to say, human. Barely recognizable as such now, Dmitri has set off on a path to take revenge against those that led him down the path that robbed him of his humanity. Given that Dmitri is personally responsible for the deaths of millions of individuals, this is a great deal of concern to the folks of Pittsburgh, to which he is heading.

In the midst of this Nathan Fisher is trying to figure out the elusive truth behind the Overman and, in doing so, betrays his masters, knowing this will almost certainly end in his death. Uncertain why, he continues on, slowly becoming consumed with the mystery.

Which is a sentiment that the reader will most likely share with him. Three issues in, what is happening in The Overman isn't entirely clear, but what have had revealed to them thus far will keep many enthralled. In addition to interweaving plots, time and space seem to warp around the Overman, making it difficult for those inside and outside the story to tell what's real and what is not. As our soiled everyman, Nathan Fisher, really little more than a low level thug, makes the perfect set of eyes through which to view this beleaguered tale.

The art continues to be strong, offering up a future that is believable due to its combination of the very old and very new. Rather than the blasted landscape of Blade Runner readers are served with an oddly appropriate page showing hover cars plowing through a Pittsburgh snow. An action scene in the later part of the book shows off some old weapons, in particular grenades and pistols, which function in some new and powerful ways. For some reason the hitmen wearing bowler hats in that scene just seem right.

This review would actually have a higher rating, but the elusiveness of the book that makes it appealing also works against it. Frequently, this reviewer is left with the feeling that all the pieces to the puzzle aren't present. This may be the intent of the creative team, but it still seems that the some pieces are simply missing or the existing ones simply don't fit quite right.

Regardless, The Overman is a cerebral and complex tale that will stick with the reader long after it's been read. If the team behind it manages to pull all of the pieces together while maintaining its elusive appeal, it'll be a fine feat of storytelling.

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