Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review of The Last of The Greats Volume 1 by Joshua Fialkov

Volume 1
Print: 136 pgs.  | Digital: 137 pgs.
Publication: April 3rd 2012 by Image Comics
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov     Penciller: Brent Peeples
Publisher: Image Comics
MEET THE LAST - He's mankind's last hope and he HATES us! As the Earth stands on the brink of annihilation we must beg the last survivor of a family of superheroes to put aside his hatred and save our butts. From the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer of Echoes, Tumor, and I, Vampire comes the complete first volume of the critically-acclaimed vision of Super Heroes for the 21st century.

About the Author
Joshua Hale Fialkov is the creator (or co-creator, depending) of graphic novels, including the Harvey Nominated Elk’s Run, the Harvey and Eisner nominated Tumor, Punks the Comic, and the Harvey Nominated Echoes.

He has written Alibi and Cyblade for Top Cow, Superman/Batman for DC Comics, Rampaging Wolverine for Marvel, and Friday the 13th for Wildstorm. He’s writing the DC relaunch of I,Vampire, as well as debuting the new Marvel character The Monkey King. This fall sees the launch of The Last of the Greats from Image Comics with artist Brent Peeples.

He also served as a writer on the Emmy Award Nominated animated film Afro Samurai: Resurrection, and as Executive Producer of the cult hit LG15: The Resistance web series.

A Review of The Last of The Greats, Vol. 1

A title that drew my attention with its astounding artwork. A big plus was the story's premise was just as attention worthy. There were so many things that really happened in this first issue of The Last of The Greats much of which was darkly motivated yet very entertaining to get caught up in. The issue begins with one of the many individuals who for a close relation  are , well , superheroes. Although, humanity welcomed them at first, they soon turned on them and eradicated them. Now a select group of humans journey to the home of one of the last remaining Greats (the names humanity gave to these individuals that are like Gods) to plead for protection from an alien intruder who seeks to harm everyone on Earth. 

The Last  surviving for the reason that he wasn't like his fellow brothers and sisters who wished to win humanity's worship. It becomes obvious he believes that humans should be forced to follow higher beings like him and his brothers and sisters. Although for him slowly winning their worship slowly and peacefully is just preposterous. So disgusted by the human race agrees to helping Earth with the condition that they agree to worship him and drains them of their energy except one person , Charles , since feels that he's a good man overall especially because one of his many sisters loved him when he was assigned to be a guide for The Greats on Earth.

What is a horrifying shock though is that The Last would kill the human messengers that plead to him for protection.  The Last seems to be moving forward into furthering his own agenda of which we as the readers are still kept in the dark. Even so, we can quickly surmiss that he's up to some devious planning and doesn't care for the welfare of most humans. Its a dark comic in terms of its story and there are a few instances of glorified gory deaths.
What's to highlight is that The Last of The Greats Volume 1 for one issue had a lot going on in events even if it ended with a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger is one that you know is there but leaves you satisfied and simultaneously with your appetite wetting for more!

For comic throppers who would like something darker and brilliantly new in superheroes.
Overall: Amazing read! 
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel

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