Kirby: Genesis #2
Dynamite Entertainment (2011)WRITER: Kurt Busiek ARTISTS: Jack Herbert & Alex Ross COLORIST: Vinicius Andrade LETTERER: Simon Bowland EDITOR: Joseph Rybrandt STORY: Busiek & Ross CONCEPTS/CHARACTERS: Jack Kirby
While chasing the strange being in hopes they can explain the madness in general and Bobbie’s possession by Midnight Swan in particular, Kirby and Jake run into a Sasquatch being chased by robots who take both it and Kirby prisoner. Meanwhile, Bobbie/Swan fights being taken over, summoning the previous Swan’s allies. Jake comes across the Silver Star when he stumbles on a battle between two groups of aliens and sees Bobbie/Swan under the control of one of Star’s enemies, Darius Drumm.
What they got right: The artwork continues to amaze and the action is indeed…actiony? New word? This time it’s Jake that gets to talk to the audience and while you might think it’s a distraction that breaks the story, it actually allows you to know the characters better. I hope Bobbie breaks from the Swan persona long enough to explain herself.
What they got wrong: Still too many characters all at once. Outside of Kirby, Bobbie, and Jake I don’t care about these people. I knew Kirby’s Marvel work (And it turns out his cartoon work, like Thundarr The Barbarian) better, and only by reputation. I don’t know any of these characters that were produced independently or never saw the light of day. I still think a slower build-up would have been a better idea.
Recommendation: Overall I still have a positive outlook on this story and I know characters are getting one-shot specials which I hope fleshes them out better to make up for the overload in the main title. Give it a look.
Tomorrow’s Comic> Sonic The Hedgehog #227