ADVANCE REVIEW: The Last of the Greats #1

A comic review article by: Jamil Scalese
ADVANCE REVIEW! The Last of the Greats #1 will come out on October 5, 2011.

Dilemma: Reviewing this title without giving too much away.

Solution: Subject you to the reactions of my girlfriend as I laid out a synopsis of The Last of the Greats.

(Discussions of Bridezillas and my missing wallet have been edited out for your reading satisfaction.)

Jamil: It was Last of the Greats, and it's a pretty straightforward superhero comic at first. These humans go to see this superhuman guy and ask him to protect them from an alien invasion, but the humans have somehow killed all the "siblings" of this super-powered dude. The siblings were apparently like caretakers of humans, but because we suck we killed them out of fear.

Megan: That is odd.


Megan: Jesus.

Jamil: [REDACTED] The last four pages are like, WTF times five.

Megan: Holy shit, how did you even follow this?


Megan: Really?


Megan: Oh ok, I think I get it.

By now it's apparent that this story by Joshua Hale Fialkov is of the page-turning, jaw-dropping variety. The comic is packed full of backstory, and it feels like something spun out of the old Squadron Supreme comics. A layered universe slithers underneath present action that centers on the last "Great", a pompous, misanthropic super-being that is the undeniable strutting star. Fialkov throws a lot at the reader in this extra long issue, but it's digestible enough for a standard superhero fan.

The atmosphere of superhero comics resonates strongly in Peebles art and colors. The design of the sibling saviors are strong and majestic, giving the comic great visuals. The whole book is very professional, and Peebles' style is reminiscent of style popular 10-15 years ago. The colors pop in the right places, and the use of blues soothe the reader into a comfortable lull before the cuckoo ending.

As an ongoing, The Last of the Greats sets itself up to be one the best mindfuck comics to hit shelves recently. It might evolve into one of those pick-ups that manages to make your pile every week based soley on curiosity in how far the creative team will take the next step. The exposition flowed heavily, but for what Fialkov is trying to build, it didn't seem excessive. It's confusing who we're rooting for here, since Mr. Last Great takes the spotlight and doesn't offer the reader a legit protagonist. Basically, the ground needs to settle after such a raucous earthquake -- unless the omnipresent feeling of end times is supposed to be the point of the venture.

It's a successful first issue that makes the reader long for the next. The wild ending deems it worth a read, but only time will tell if The Last of the Greats is sensationalism at its worst or the start of something impressive.

Jamil Scalese is just like you -- an avid comics fan and lover of sequential art. Residing in Pittsburgh, PA, he is an unapologetic Deadpool fan, lover of the Food Network and proud member of Steelers Nation.

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