Daily Archives: June 28, 2009

To Be Me, or Not to Be Me

Existence 2.0 #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ron Salas
Colors: S. Steven Struble
Letters: John Lowe
Editor: Kris Simon
Publisher: Image Comics
Price: $3.50 US

Writer Nick Spencer has developed a novel premise that blends science and the supernatural, and he’s used it as a catalyst for a crime story rife with intrigue and conspiracy. The premise is sharp and full of potential; this could be the first of many limited series featuring different characters dealing with the core concept in different ways. Despite these strengths, I came away from this debut issue feeling less than entertained. I immediately recognized the problem: I can’t stand any of the characters in the story. The main character — a scientist who’s willing to work for any client, break any law (natural or institutional) and only interested in his own hedonistic whims — is detestable, and it’s hard to root for him. Impossible, really. The story is exciting, the script accessible and effective, and the art captures the edgy, dark qualities nicely. I just can’t get past how thoroughly unlikable the protagonist is.

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