The Asgardian Trade Commission 11/14/10

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: Reviews |

By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger

So it’s Sunday afternoon, that means it’s  time for The Asgardian Trade Commission.  I spend a lot of time here on Marvel books, mostly because I was able to pick up a lot of Marvel books on the cheap, but this week I want to focus on an Indy book by one of my favorite writers.  So, without anything further, let’s get on with it!

The Interman Vol. 1

Octopus, $19.95

Jeff Parker, Steve Lieber

I was turned on to The Interman by a friend of mine who tries to steer away from mainstream comics.  I had a little bit of trouble finding it, but after a brief exchange on Twitter, Jeff Parker himself helped me with purchasing a copy.  And boy, am I glad I bought it.  Parker turns in a work of adventure fiction that’s up to the caliber of a Bourne or a Bond film.  While there is a superpower of sorts at work in his story, it’s almost a background element, a utility.  The book tells the story of Van Meach, a guy in his 20’s(from what I can tell), who is the result of a genetic experiment to create a perfect human specimen, ideal as a soldier of the future.  The book goes on to detail how, through an intricate series of deceptions and covert operations, there was only one made.  It’s a lot of fun to watch Meach go through different exotic locales, trying to survive the assassins that are inevitably sent after him.  It may seem like the same old thing the way I’m describing it, but honestly, I’m doing it no justice.  Parker takes what are familiar elements from movies, TV, and comics, and injects them with a sense of the fresh.  He makes the characters interesting to follow, especially since they don’t represent traditional archetypes.  No, no one here is a paragon of virtue, and no one is a cackling, maniacal genius bent on ruling the world.  The worst you have is shady government types trying to cover their own tracks, and one man who’s just trying to survive.  Ultimately, his characters feel natural, and the story flows from that.  Nothing here seems to be out of place, and even the conclusion is a satisfying one, albeit an open door for more stories featuring Van Meach.  Parker’s art work also help the book to shine.  Each panel makes it clear what’s going on, and the few notable exceptions where it’s not immediately clear get explained in the script shortly thereafter.  Parker turns in a veritable masterpiece with The Interman, and if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a great graphic novel that deserves to be read.  Hunt it down and give it a try.

Odin’s Beard 5/5

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