The World's Darkness gets a Glimmer of Hope
The Paradigm is struggling to find a way to stop The Plutonian's rampage and rule over the planet Earth, but the team is having problems trusting each other when so many dark secrets revolve around The Plutonian snapping. While Qubit tries to use android versions of The Plutonian's most feared enemy, Modeus, to find the whereabouts of the real villain, Volt and the others try and console Cary, who has lost his twin brother in The Plutonian's last attack. The real questions that loom over The Paradigm aren't HOW they're going to stop The Plutonian, but WHY he's destroying the world he swore to protect? Why is he kidnapping and dressing women up like his former teammate Bette Noir? What does he have to do with a horrible alien virus that killed hundreds of children years earlier? As the truth is revealed, the motivations of the world's once powerful hero come to the surface, and it's darker than expected.
Written by Mark Waid and drawn by Peter Krause, this collection of Chapters 4 - 8 was just as delightful to read as the first volume. The characters that Waid and Krause have crafted feel like they've been around for decades, and tight writing paired with Krause's panels kept me going until I finished the trade paper back in a single sitting. There was a very specific panel where The Plutonian is trying to blast Cary on the last page of Chapter 7 that is absolutely beautiful. The use of line, color, and lighting made me feel as if I was watching a Hollywood blockbuster and not just having coffee at a table in a shop downtown.
I'm doing my best to catch up in time for the newest issues to be released, and I'm excited to see where the story is going to go. I've said it before and I'll say it again: BOOM! STUDIOS has some of the most edgy and well written titles out there right now. If you're looking for a new take on the superhero genre, this is what you've been waiting for. As someone who loves comics, writing, and is producing their own books, this is a great example to other aspiring creators that you can do what you think makes a great story without working with the tried and true characters of the medium.