Marvel will be introducing a new Inhuman called Mosaic who will have his own series launching in October of 2016. The book will be written by Geoffery Thorne of Knight Rider, The Redline & Dark Horse Presents comics in addition to having worked on television shows like Law & Order, Leverage, Ultimate Spiderman: Web Warriors and Star Trek novels. He will be joined on art by Khary Randolph of We Are Robin, Tech Jacket & Invincible. More details at Vulture
Over the past couple weeks, Nothing But Comics has been providing a variety of coverage on the 2015 New York Comic Con. From the creators to the cosplayers they inspire, we have offered reflections on the different facets of fandom. The last in this series of articles is a compilation of comments from some of the panels attended during the convention.
At the Dark Horse Comics Classified Panel, there were a few announcements, but the main pleasure was hearing the creators discuss their craft. These observations included a healthy sense of humor, such as when Matt Kindt was asked what it was like playing the role of both writer and artist on a series. He replied that collaborating with himself was a pleasure, as “most of my deadlines get along.” For his part, Brian Wood offered that he always wants to be enthusiastic about the art in one of his titles. His wish is to be a “fanboy” of it just like any other reader.
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Mosaic #1 in an intriguing and well paced debut issue that manages the rare feat of introducing a new character to it’s pre-established comics universe without leaning on anything besides it’s own quality. It’s clunky in parts but overall successful in it’s singular style.
Mosaic is a comic about a star pro-basketball player who get’s superpowers from the terrigen mist which he use’s to transport his consciousness into others and control their actions. Newcomer writer Geoffrey Thorne’s biggest stumbles come in the books opening, where his portrayal of an ungrateful and vapid superstar athlete is at best, pretty heavy handed and sloppily telegraphed from exposition while at worst, a pretty unfair portrayal of NBA stars based on a line of conventional wisdom that is racially coded towards black athletes in general of being selfish and only caring about their own accolades. Thankfully, the book get’s past all that fairly quickly once the protagonist powers are introduced and we begin seeing Mosaic interact with the world at large through the people he inhabits. Mosaic shifts into an engaging crime story with a pretty brutal and unexpected conclusion that opens up the comics potential for the character and his superpowers while still staying true to the books street level setting. Artist Khary Randolph’s line style has always had a cartoonish manga quality to it but his work here feel’s more fluid and smooth from some of the more jagged lines that permeate his most prior work. The figure design is less angular while the fluidity of his movement is exciting and visceral. His line work feel’s cleaner here then it has in the past while colorist Emilo Lopez feel’s as if he’s adding depth to the illustrations while using a wide ranging pallete to reflect it’s ecletic New York City setting.
There’s some natural skepticism that comes with Mosaic; it’s yet another Inhuman book nobody asked for, with a character that nobody heard of from a writer that nobody has ever read a comic from. But Mosaic works by almost every measure. It’s not quite as good as some of Marvel’s best new debut’s in 2016 like Black Panther or Nighthawk; but it’s a solid start with a strong hook that will leave readers impressed and wanting more.
The opening of the Robin War crossover has some fun moments and poignant allegory but even being oversized, it still feels like it’s trying to cram way too much into a single issue. It ends up being a story that is messy and all over the place with little to latch onto.
Robin War starts off with one of the self identified Robins accidentally killing a police officer and the city council overreacting by outlawing all Robin related clothing. From there it becomes an everything and the kitchen sink situation. In addition to the Robin gang of DC’s excellent We Are Robin series, Robin War features Damian, Red Hood, Red Robin, Grayson, Jim Gordon Batman, the Court Of Owls, Talon and a twist at the end that’s rendered a mute point for anybody that’s paid attention to Grayson solicitations. Writer Tom King does his best to add poignancy and character work to the story and he manages some great moments. There’s a particular part where Duke get’s arrested for wearing red sneakers and ultimately escapes with some great shit talking for good measure that’s particularly entertaining in a very Tom King way. Yet, those moments are few and far between for a plot that feels like it’s only reason for progression is to add more character’s to the issue and does little to utilize King’s skill in creative story structure that’s marked his work on Grayson, Omega Men and The Vision. Not helping is the many illustrators and colorists of varying quality spread throughout the comic that gives the book a disjointed feeling. Using different artists in a single issue can be a strength when applied properly as a means of shifting perspective or settings but here, it just feels like it’s patch-worked with no overarching connection and that ultimately hurts in the visual narration.
Robin War may end up reading better once it get’s into the individual crossover issues and can give the story some breathing room but in it’s debut, it feels bloated and by the numbers while lacking in any kind of story beyond it’s premise.