Review: Indestructible #1
Meet Greg Pincus — the planet’s brand-spanking-newest Superhero. One small problem: Greg is neither super, nor particularly heroic. But, he sure enjoys the perks that come with the job. Can Greg survive in a celebrity-obsessed world that wrongly believes he’s indestructible? Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) explores this comedic take on a reluctant hero, and contemplates what is required to be considered “special” in a world where fame can come and go faster than a speeding bullet.
A new four-issue series from IDW and Darby Pop kicks off this week called Indestructible. What happens when you become the world’s newest superhero but you are neither super nor a hero? Jeff Kline writes the story with Javi Garron and Salvi Garcia handling pencils and inks. Alejandro Sanchez provides colors with Troy Peteri tackling lettering. Does Indestructible live up to its name or are there a few chips and cracks in the story?
Greg Pincus is an everyman. He’s short, he’s average looking, and his family doesn’t seem too happy with his life choices. After an awkward family dinner at a low-scale restaurant, Greg is off on a date with a budding actress. They’re waiting in line like everyone else even though Greg told his date he had connections with the doorman. When the superhero hotshot Blaze strolls in, Greg’s date ditches him. This is a world of superheroes and mutants, and each one is a celebrity. Greg has to walk back home and tell his story to his nerdy roommate. When he has to rush and return some movies a few minutes before closing, since his roommate was so super busy playing video games, Greg finds himself in a troubling situation. When there’s a robbery at the video store, Greg finds himself in a situation that quickly spirals out of control. What happens when everyone thinks he’s a hero? Will he decide to play along or will he go with it?
Klein writes a good introductory issue. Klein introduces us to our main character through the dinner with his family. There’s not a whole lot said, but Klein is able to convey what type of person Greg is through his brief interaction with his family. It’s a great bit of character work. There’s a secondary story running throughout the narrative that’s a little too mysterious right now to really grasp. The fact that this is a world populated by heroes is brushed over at first, but it looks like that will really be explored in the remaining three issues. Garron and Garcia’s art is very crisp and clean. The line work is solid and the characters emote through their mouths and eyes. There’s not a lot of super stuff going on yet, so this is a straightforward story for now, but the artists keep things visually stimulating. Sanchez’s colors are very natural and help elevate the mainly realistic edge, for now, of the story.
Bottom Line: Indestructible is a witty, unique, and often hilarious take on fame and what a hero really is. This is a story where a character in odd circumstances enters into an even odder world. There’s a lot here to like, but there is room to polish things up and expand on a few of the story’s points. This one warrants a return for sure. 3/5