Review: Brain Boy #0
When the United States Secret Service needs to make sure a location is safe for the president, they call Matt Price, a.k.a. Brain Boy, the world’s most powerful telepath. Raised by his parents’ employer after their deaths, Matt studied and honed his incredible psychic abilities under the tutelage of Albright Industries. Jump back in time to one of Brain Boy’s first missions with this #0 issue. He may have a powerful mind, but he’s in over his head! Collects the Brain Boy run from Dark Horse Presents!
Brain Boy is three issues into his ongoing series with Dark Horse, but now it’s time to take a look at the #0 issue featuring the powerful telepath’s first mission. The story is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Freddie Williams II. Ego handles colors with Nate Piekos of Blambot providing lettering. So is Brain Boy #0 a pick me up, or is it a brain drain?
Matt Price is the world’s most powerful telepath. His parent died when he was young, so he was raised by their employer- Albright Industries. He is now a special asset who is loaned out to the special intelligence community. His first big mission is scanning the area at the upcoming G8 summit to find any potential threats. All the comics show how telepaths have it so rough, not being able to close out other people’s thoughts, but Matt doesn’t have that problem. He actually finds it similar to a YouTube comments page and rather boring. When the secret service agents start killing themselves for no reason, things start to get interesting. There’s someone Matt can’t get a read on and that’s a big problem. The president is on his way and Matt must protect whatever this threat is after. As Matt steps up in his role as a subcontractor, he may just find that the whole power game is bigger than he imagined. Can he figure out what this new threat is after? He knows Albright isn’t perfect, but what aren’t they telling him?
Fred Van Lente writes a great introductory story. This appeared in Dark Horse Presents over the course of a few issues, but taken together it gives us a good working knowledge of who our main character is without becoming an origin story. That information is peppered throughout the current mission. Matt is an interesting character who is sleek and cool while still being really nerdy. Williams’ art is great. He has a slight exaggerated character style that doesn’t quite categorize as cartoony. Matt looks very dashing in his three piece suit that’s a cross between Criminal Minds and Doctor Who (which gets a name drop). Williams has a very inventive way to show off the telepathic powers that is pretty stylish.
Bottom Line: If you’re not up to date on Brain Boy this is a perfect time to hop in. Even if you’re up to date and missed the Dark Horse Present story, pick this one up. 4/5
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