Review: The Answer! #3
While Devin is living out her dream, working among the greatest minds in the world, the Answer is stuck in a nuthouse nightmare! They’ll both have to wake up and work together if they’re going to unravel the secrets of the enigmatic BRAIN TRUST.
The penultimate issue of the new punctuated hero from Dark Horse hits this week with the release of The Answer! #3. The series features a story from Dennis Hopeless and Mike Norton. Hopeless writes the script with Norton providing art. Mark Englert handles colors and Crank! Tackles letters. So far it’s been a ride on the crazy train. Does this issue chug along or go off the rails?
Devin is at the Brain Trust and things are almost too good to be true. The people at the Brain Trust are very nice and very and very happy about their work. Everyone except Kara, who is kicking up a fuss. Devin starts to question the Stepford like setting when she’s injected with a brain enhancing drug. It’s like four loco and five hour energy for the super smart. While she works on that mystery, we check in with Answer as he finds himself strapped to a bed deeper inside the Brain Trust. He’s quickly neutralized with a little gadget the Trust thought up that switches off your muscle control. Through a series of events he is rescued by some of Brain Trust’s rejects who want to escape. He can’t leave with Devin though, but Devin is facing problems of her own.
Hopless writes a script that’s two parts One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with a dash of superheroes and a pinch of mystery. The Answer! started out with a story you could kind of tell where it was going, then it completely did a 180 and did something really different. That’s a good thing though. The Answer! is a great story that’s weird, wacky, and pretty thrilling. Norton does another fantastic job with the art. This issue contained to three or four locations, and Norton keeps everything fluid and moving. Englert does a great job with the art. He makes the scenes involving action really pop.
Bottom Line: The Answer! continues to raise questions, but we’re starting to get a few more of what the title is about- answers. With one issue left, it will be interesting to see how Norton and Hopeless put a bow on everything 4/5