And Most Of Us Dream Of Being Heroes (Immortal Men #3 Review)

Storytellers Ryan Benjamin & James Tynion IV

Inker Richard Friend

Colorist David Baron

Letterer Carlos M. Mangual

Cover Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair

Last Issue

Caden Park springs a trap set for him by the House of Conquest and is on the run when our heros The Immortal Men come in to save the day. We are introduced to Reload, Timber, Stray, and Ghost Fist while they show up just in time to save Caden’s tail. Naturally, Caden runs away from all the craziness and is able to catch the cab, but this cab and driver are different. It’s the Immortal Man here to try to talk our protagonist through his totally understandable mental breakdown. Before any words can be said the cab is t-boned and Caden is extracted by a Roderick Clay, a man his parents hired to come to save him. Never catching a break, their vehicle is attacked by more of these same monsters. Caden makes a break for it, only to find that the House of Conquest had gotten home first where we are introduced to Kill. Showing himself to be the cause of these monsters, Kill is here to take Caden’s life as he did his parents in the name of the Infinite Woman. Lucky for Caden Stray was fast enough to get there in time for Ghost Fist to teleport them both out.

Now

The issue starts us off with Roderick, a newly unemployed and overqualified bodyguard, shell shocked with vague memories of monsters and the previous events. When he looks over to the building he had worked in fir the passed three years suddenly and mysteriously replaced with a construction site. Snap back to Caden waking up in an old prohibition era speakeasy with the Immoral men. They try to explain to him who he really is, but Caden still believes he’s in a dream. With no time to really reflect on anything our newly introduced heroes strive to find a way to get through to Caden. Quickly before someone else we care about is lost to the Eternal War.

Reflection

This issue kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time with its clever timing in dialogue and snap panel transition. Still Jim Lee fails to disappoint us with dynamic illustrations that can show moments of awkward calmness and forward indignation through not only its clever wordplay but with its pictures shows a level of talent that comes with experience. This issue seems to slow it down a bit and stops you right at the top of the roller coaster for the drop to come next month.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This issue took the time to provide a bit of background for the heroes we've been following, and even then it feels like its just go go go in the pacing. For a month to month series, I think we need slightly more time to take in such vital informartion. Outside of that this was a great issue, the little bits of background we did get were very nice, and the ones that weren't rushed have me really asking question about what we will see in the coming issue. The illustrations feel extremely reminiscent of WildC.A.T.S. so you old comic buff out there can pick this up along with the newbie and be a part of this new age of heroes.
Good
  • Compelling
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Gore!
Bad
  • Young Series
  • Storytelling is a bit abrupt
8.5
Great
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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