Brain Boy #1 Review
By Zak Edwards
September 18, 2013 - 23:07
Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s): Fred Van Lente
Penciller(s): R.B Silva
Inker(s): Rob Lean
Letterer(s): Nate Piekos
Cover Artist(s): Ariel Olivetti, variant by Juan Doe
If I were to describe Brain Boy in a single sentence, it would be “A perfect example of how a fictional character can take over a creation, and exactly what happens when they do.” Unfortunately, this isn’t as meta as some may be hoping. No, I’m merely referring to a character who is so narcissistic that his own book becomes filled with his every thought to the point where any story becomes secondary to his constant monologuing. In a way, it makes the over-exposition of writer Fred Van Lente’s script all the better, but it does border on simply annoying. In contrast to Dark Horse’s other #1 issue this week, Resident Alien: Suicide Blonde, Brain Boy’s world building is, like its protagonist, enjoyable to the point of nearly unbearable.
The entire art team matches Matt Price’s intensity. Penciller R.B Silva has a cartoonish style, every character becomes what Price sees: more ideas of characters than people in and of themselves. This may speak to broad characterization, but given our unreliable narrator, they seem to be given less a chance to establish themselves. Price is disinterested and thus readers are kept in the dark. The colours play into this cartoony approach, everything is bright and colourful and pleasing to look at in its intensity. Overall, the script mirrors the art and vice versa. So while the book and main character are a bit of a mess, it’s a mess I want to keep reading.
Grade: 7/10 A giant jerk of a protagonist derails this book in the best ways possible.
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