Review: Never Ending #1
Fighting crime isn’t superhero Charles Baxter’s main problem—it’s fighting time! Trapped for decades in a superpowered body that never ages but is now driving him insane, Chuck’s only hope for a “permanent cure” is to team up with his archnemesis Archibald Crane. He just needs the evil scientist to stop hitting him first!
A new series from Dark Horse looking at a superhero cursed with immortality kicks off this week. Never Ending #1 is written by Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride with art by Robert Love. Heather Breckel handles colors and Frank Cvetkovic provides lettering. So is Never Ending a hit or does it drag on and feel worthy of its name?
Charles Baxter became a superhero when a meteor fell on top of him while he was at work as a mechanic. Charles found he was endowed with super strength, speed, flight, and a myriad of other powers. One of the side effects of his newfound powers is that he never really ages. He is immortal for all intents and purposes. In the 1950s Charles was seeing one of the brightest minds out there, Archibald Crane. Crane was trying to find out the source of Charles’ powers and how they could possibly be replicated. Somehow the two men became enemies who are locked in a never ending struggle. Charles has lived a long life and lost a lot of things he loved. He’s running out of options, but there’s still one man he can turn to for help. Can the two foes stop punching each other long enough to get what they both want?
Knave and Kirkbride write a solid introduction. This is a straight up origin story showing us our hero, how he came into being, and how he got to the point he is now. Immortality is explored in comics a lot, so you need to bring something new to the table to pull readers in. Things start to get a little interesting toward the end, but by and large this is a pretty average opening. We have an interesting main character at least. Love’s art is a good fit for the time hopping story. It has a distinct 90s feel with its heavy lines and super muscle-y hero and gigantic robots. Breckel’s color are very vibrant. There’s heavy uses of primary colors with reds and blues being a recurring theme, not only in our character’s costume either.
Bottom Line: Never Ending has an intriguing premise and starts to gain a little steam in the final few pages, but it’s a pretty average story for the most part. Immortality and a hero looking for an end is common fare, so hopefully Never Ending starts to amp things up in the remaining two issues. There’s enough here to warrant a return though. 3/5