Quisque Comoedum Est
Slice-of-life heroism is explored between the pages of the quick-fire action title, Mutation, while a slower pace guides the newest Eternals series from Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.
Trent’s just your average blonde hunk with a model-cum-actress girlfriend, Casey. Of course, when your girlfriend’s such a catch, you’re bound to keep an eye out for men like Adrian, Casey’s director and aspiring replacement for Trent. It’s almost a relief for Trent to get ambushed by the otherworldly villain Voltag the Destroyer when he slips into his alter-ego of Mutation, Silver City’s greatest hero. A fierce and lengthy battle drops him at Casey’s feet, who’s a bit horrified to find her shopping spree interrupted by her boyfriend’s battered foe, though she seems to be aware of Trent’s secret identity.
Mutation seems to be focused on the personal, slice-of-life side of super-heroics, and how difficult relationships can be when your job is so demanding, but it dollops out a lot of explodey for such a book, and ends up a rather quick read. George Singley scripts and Ethen Beavers delivers a latter-day Bruce Timm/Michael Oeming sort of art style.
It starts slow but builds momentum in Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr.’s restoration of the cosmically empowered Eternals, but one expects that. Lots of origins and unraveling history as the Eternals shake off their assumed identities and remember their real names and powers.
What is unexpected is the touch of satire running through the book. Gaiman certainly has a humorous streak, but it’s not usually seen mimicking reality TV with a self-aware irony. This issue revolves around setting the various Eternals up, while pivoting around Ikaris’ attempts to revive Makkari from the amnesiac blur of his medical students’ existence. It doesn’t go very well for him, as the Deviants descend to nip the Eternals’ blooming awareness in the bud.
Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.