Wow. It’s two weeks straight now that Image Comics have made the Wednesday Run with two distinct titles. Somebody’s doing something right over at that company in order to catch my interest and, I’m sure, the interest of many other readers.
This week, it’s publishing the writing of Joshua Hale Fialkov in the new monthly comic book series, The Last of the Greats.
I must admit that I haven’t been a huge follower of Fialkov’s oeuvre. The writer has been around the scene for some time and I’m aware of his work at Marvel, Top Cow and Wildstorm. Specifically, it was his Harvey and Eisner Awards nominated graphic novel, Tumor, that brought his name to my attention, which lead me to give his new DC Comics series, I, Vampire, a try last week. If you haven’t yet, pick that last book up! It was the surprise hit of September for me: vampires plotting an uprising in a twenty-first century replete with super-powered heroes. Fialkov’s writing is brisk and emotionally affecting and the art by Andrea Sorrentino harkens a gothic aesthetic that a series like I, Vampire must have.
But this Wednesday is about The Last of the Greats.
Fialkov’s story revolves around a mysterious group of god-like beings that land on earth with a mission to save humanity from sickness, famine and each other. Of course, humans being humans (you know, suspicious, fearful and vain) the people of earth unite and manage to destroy six of these aliens. Now, on the brink of annihilation, mankind turns to their last hope, the final remaining “great one” for salvation. And he’s pretty pissed off with the world.
In a sense, the premise of the comic sounds as if the entire human race had the same thoughts about Superman as his arch villain, Lex Luthor. And that’s a pretty interesting place to start a superhero story from. Promising to be dark and heroic and lots of fun, The Last of the Greats boasts some pretty spectacular artwork from Brent Peeples. His lines are strong and his layouts imagine landscapes and people both vast and emotional.
With a hit of sci-fi and superheroes punctuated by both political and human philosophy, The Last of the Greats looks to be pretty great indeed. Fialkov is a writer whose career is sure to be followed more and more closely over the coming months and years. I doubt very much that this new series will be anywhere near the last of his great works.
Make the Wednesday Run this week and pick up The Last of the Greats. You’ll be pleased you did.