Jacked is a new six issue series from Vertigo that has begun in an impressive way. Written by Eric Kripke (creator of the Supernatural TV series), it starts out describing the life of a man who used to be successful, but has since fallen through the cracks and is surviving. He just wants to be important again. He is an average guy, really. He did well when the economy was booming, and is stuck hunting for work now that it’s in the toilet. He’s someone many people in their 40’s will identify with. He’s looking for a break, and becoming desperate. He finds in in a drug. Yes, this comic is strictly not for children. The drug, while it gives him great strength, also has side effects. Kripke’s writing is strong, and we really get into the main character’s head, and John Higgins‘ artwork brings to mind so many scenes from movies that it communicates a whole new level of story just through the movie references it evokes. This will be an interesting comic to read.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur introduces Lunella Lafayette to the Marvel universe. This pre-teen super genius is bored of life in a school that can’t teach her anything she doesn’t already know to a more advanced level, and is terrified of Terrigen, because she believes she is an Inhuman. Using a Kree detector that she built herself, she finds a strange glowing orb – The Nightstone. Before long, a portal is opened across time to the Savage Lands. The opening of the portal causes the death of Moon Boy, and Devil Dinosaur chases a group of the Killer-Folk through the portal to avenge him.
This is a great start to another new hero in Marvel’s efforts to become more diverse. As with Kamala Khan and Miles Morales, Lunella brings more colour to the Marvel universe, and looks to be a worthy successor to Moon Boy. Her brains and Devil’s brawn should be a good match, but what I’m looking forward to more is the challenges she’ll face keeping a bright red dinosaur hidden and safe in New York. It should be a lot of fun!
There have been so many awesome comics this week, but these two were the ones that peaked my interest. What have you been reading, and what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!