Okay, as premises go, I’ll admit this one was interesting. The basic idea is this: Dennis Sykes, a normal banker who gains superpowers but — via the same incident — finds out he only has 30 days to live. He resolves to use that time to the best of his abilities to help his fellow man as a new super-hero and try to make the world a better place for everyone else who will get to enjoy it. While going on his adventures with his newfound powers, he and his family also go through the stages of grief.
Sounds like it could be interesting, right? I thought so too, which is why I picked up this mini-series and gave it a read.
The problem is that Dennis is such a Mary-Sue character. Rick Remender gives him absolutely no personality. Dennis seems like he’d fit right in with the Marvel roster of characters who get powers but have horrible consequences, but he ends up being the most unlikable of any of the similarly-themed characters despite his plight. As sad as it is, he just isn’t that interesting.
More than that, in the span of only 5 issues he manages to gain membership in both the Fantastic Four and The Avengers, in a move that I’m sure will lead to fanboys looking through roster lists online years from now scratching their heads. In fact it’s the star-power of having the other Marvel heroes guest-appear that boosts the sales of this book, gets it featured here during Avengers Month (he is, technically, an Avenger), and yet is also the books greatest downfall: maybe if Remender had been able to just tell a simple story involving Dennis we would have liked him better. As it stands, it reads like Marvels for complete idiots and people who really, really buy coincidence.
In the end, it’s 5 issues of that joke from Family Guy when Mayor Adam West rolls in toxic sludge to get powers, but ends up getting cancer. Except it isn’t played for laughs.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
“In the end, it’s 5 issues of that joke from Family Guy when Mayor Adam West rolls in toxic sludge to get powers, but ends up getting cancer. Except it isn’t played for laughs.”