Artist Tyler Jenkins of Neverboy, Peter Panzerfaust & Darkhorse Presents will be joined by writer Ollie Masters of The Kitchen for a new four issue miniseries via Boom! titled Snow Blind. More details at CBR
Do you remember the days when you would read comics, not to catch up on your favorite character or understand how the universe is all-new and different and still the same, but to just read comics? You might pick up a book, just a random comic, and would read it it out of curiosity to see what it was about. I miss the simplicity of that, because I feel like its a lost skill I have to reacquire. Thankfully Neverboy #3 exists to put me on the path.
I knew almost nothing about Neverboy going in, and I might know even less now. But, I really, really enjoyed reading it.
The miniseries closes out with Neverboy making the ultimate sacrifice to save the real and imagined worlds!
Julian Drag has ignored the warnings, and is letting the imaginary world bleed into the real, turning fictional citizens into fictional monsters. Neverboy and Vanessa do their best to do damage control, but Neverboy realizes its up to him to let his essence fade away and begs Julian to paint him. Julian has a sudden change of heart, and agrees. Neverboy fades away, Julian becomes a famous artist, and Vanessa gets rejoined with Neverboy to prevent future troubles between the two worlds.
Art-wise there’s alot of wild imagery without a moderate amount of detail. It works in its own way, not slowing the reader down and letting the action just exist. It’s consistent throughout, with the art gelling with the plot. The plot, however, feels unfinished by what it leaves out.
The suspense of the plot is lacking, in that Julian does a 180 in his motivations after deciding to hell with everyone else last issue. The second time Neverboy begs for Julian to stop, he does. There’s a time crunch with Vanessa trying to buy time by encouraging children to counter the monsters with happy thoughts, but its not enough to develop much urgency for the resolution. Likewise, Neverboy’s realization in how to solve everything feels lacking as well. Wouldn’t he become a monster because of Julian painting him since that’s what happened to all the other imaginary characters? He also knew his existence in the real world was causing problems, so you’d think that would’ve provided a clue as to how to solve things quicker.
The resolution is somewhat lost on me because of the issues I didn’t read, however the story wraps up in a nice bitter-sweet way until the last page. Not as deep as the previous issues and a little rushed, but it ends decently enough.
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I’ve missed this series, both emotionally and literally. Since I chose a previous issue as The Week’s Finest, I fell off from the book
In this issue, Neverboy has decided to give in to reality and let his fictional wife and son “die”. Despite being imaginary, he still mourns their loss and wants the best for them. At the same time, the artist he helped previously, Julian Drag, has begun abusing the imaginary realm and its inhabitants. Some of them escape, and ask Neverboy to stop Julian from destroying all of reality in his mad quest.
Tyler Jenkins’ art is top notch here, having an expressive and surreal style to illustrate the loneliness of the characters as well as the bizarre happenings.
What feels like reading Grant Morrison comic on a Sunday afternoon, Neverboy #5 continues its quiet excellence and makes me yearn for a complete volume containing all its goodness.
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Neverboy is the story of an imaginary friend, named Neverboy who has found a way to exist in the real world where he has a fabricated family, created by his own mind. The catch is he needs to continuously take drugs to keep up the existence and him and his fabricated family. As soon as the drugs start to wear off, him and his family begin to disappear. The problem I have with this book is, I just don’t care. Unfortunately I was not able to connect to Neverboy at all, so the fact that he ends up not being a real person is the nail in the coffin for me. I will say the first two pages had me smiling. Neverboy seemed charming, funny, loveable and relatable. However the more I read the less I cared for him. He transformed into a bland, emotionless, cliched character who’s life is slipping out of his grip.
A story of an imaginary man who is fighting to exist in the real world must have a compelling character so that the reader cares, otherwise it is going to fall flat. A reader needs something in the book they can grab on to. I have my own life issues so if I’m not sold on this character then I actually start to get a little upset, wondering why I should care about this character who doesn’t even exist. If he succeeds, what does that mean to me?
I wonder why the character has fallen flat. There are many other books out there with fictitious characters that I can relate to, what makes it so hard to relate to Neverboy? I think it is just too difficult to accept the feelings of an imaginary friend. This book is trying too hard to get the reader to care about Neverboy. The boy who invented him ended up dying as a child. This doesn’t make much sense as to how Neverboy could even still exist. If the boy died then Neverboy would be gone. It would make much more sense to me if the boy simply grew out of having an imaginary friend. This would mean that Neverboy still exists deep down within this boy and is fighting to break back out. This I could believe, that whatever reasons a young boy created an imaginary friend are creeping back into his mind, and therefore a story of an imaginary friend trying to break into the real world becomes a fantastic study on repressed feelings. This issue tries hard to convince us that Neverboy has been through a tough time and is fighting to hold on to whatever life he has left. I guess my logical brain just can’t accept it.
In the end it is the premise of the book that turns me off, but the core is in the character Neverboy. If Neverboy can be made more compelling, more relatable, more human than perhaps this book can have some success. I don’t care enough about imaginary friends to read on, which I guess is the whole point of the issue.