Review: Indestructible #5
With great power, comes great… er… celebrity! Now that the world believes Greg to be a superhero, everyone wants a piece of him – the League of Defenders, Hugo Boss, his roommate, groupies, Hollywood agents, uber-villains, and his mom. Some want to put him on a pedestal. Others want to bury him under one. Ken Kristensen (Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth) takes the reigns for the next arc of Jeff Kline’s Indestructible.
A new arc begins this month in the pages of Indestructible #5. The story is now written by Ken Kristensen (Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth) with art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo. Flavia Caracuzzo handles colors with Patrick Brosseau providing lettering. Indestructible started to lose a little steam, but is this new creative team the boost the series needs?
Greg has faked his way to the top. After he accidently stopped a robbery at a video store, the public believes he is the newest hero on the block. Taking on the name Stone, though it’s mistakenly written as Stoner in the press, Greg is pretending to be a hero because he doesn’t really know how to get out of the mess he’s gotten himself into now. Everyone wants a piece of him. The public wants to know more about the new hero, the League of Defenders is considering inviting him to join them, and the People’s Choice Awards would like him to walk the red carpet. As Greg tries to get ready for the awards ceremony, he might just realize how in over his head he truly is. Will Greg’s lie start to unravel? Will he be able to keep his charade up as he gets deeper and deeper into the world of super heroes?
Kristensen writes a funny and sharp issue. The same notes from the previous issues are being hit, but Kristensen is able to offer up a fresh perspective on things. His humor is a little more adult and a little more edgy than the previous issues, so some of the characters feel a bit jarring in places. The write does get into a groove early on, so the adjustment time is minimal. The Caracuzzo’s art and colors are a good fit for Kristensen’s story. The character work is crisp and uses heavier lines, but the slightly more cartoony edge works well. The characters are still recognizable, but Caracuzzo adds his own little flourishes and embellishments to truly make them the artist’s own.
Bottom Line: Indestructible is still beating you over the head with one or two themes and story points, but Kristensen starts to attack things from a different, and refreshing, angle. With a new writer and artist onboard, this is very much an adjustment issue. It works well and has humor, but hopefully we start to see another side of the story soon. 3/5
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