Review: Ordinary #2

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This morning, divorced plumber Michael Fisher woke up in his crummy one-bedroom apartment in Queens, New York, to find the world had gone crazy. Everybody on planet Earth gained superpowers… apart from him. Now all he wants to do is make it into Manhattan to make sure his estranged son, Josh, is okay. But with giants, zombies and cabbies made of living galaxies thronging the streets, does the most ordinary man alive have a hope in hell?

ordinary cover The second installment of Titan Comics’ new series about an ordinary man who finds himself in some extraordinary circumstances hits today. The aptly titled Ordinary is from writer Rob Williams and artist D’Israeli. The first issue got things off to an interesting start, but does this month’s issue start diving into the crazy new world Williams has created?

Michael was having a bad day, then things got worse. Something strange happened and now everyone in the entire world, expect Michael, has been given some sort of super power. Some are better than others, but that’s just the luck of the draw. Michael is a little curious about what’s going on, but he is more concerned about his son, finding him, and making sure he is safe. Michael has been a deadbeat most of his life, but he is genuinely concerned this time. It seems everything in the world is conspiring against Michael to keep him from getting to his son’s school, but Michael wants to do something right for once in his life. Meanwhile the government is figuring out what they will do about the world wide outbreak. What forces are at work in this unbelievable change to the human race? Can the most ordinary man in the world end up doing something extraordinary (at least when it comes to not being a screw-up)?

Williams writes a solid issue. He takes a relatively simple idea, everyone gets superpowers, and manages to turn it into something fresh and pretty emotionally deep. This is a big, flashy superhero story chocked-full of intriguing characters with visually stunning powers, but it’s also a deeper story about a guy who screws up, lets his family down, and is a bit of a deadbeat trying to turn it around and do something right when the world goes crazy. Michael isn’t a likeable guy, but he’s on a journey to likability. Williams’ sharp and witty dialogue fleshes things out and gives you full characters whether it’s the shady vice president who takes on a big role this issue to different powered characters who only appear for a panel or two. The world building feels complete. D’Israeli’s art is just as wild as the story. This is a big and expansive world full of differently powered people. The artist clearly has a lot of fun inserting all these characters and it shows. The vice president is a perfect visual representation of the changing dynamic in the story as well. He is surrounded by angels that quickly give way to devils as things take a sinister turn. The crowd scenes pull your eye in and really makes you look for the various power representations as well. It’s just a sharply drawn book to match the razor-sharp dialogue. The colors are bright and vivid, making all the little details pop right off the page.

Bottom Line: Ordinary does not live up to its title. This is a big book with a lot of ideas all rolled up into one story that combines to make a book that is anything but ordinary. Williams and D’Israeli have something really good on their hands, and hopefully they keep the momentum going for the big finale. 4/5

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