Conspiracy Theory meets Lethal Weapon meets Boom! Studios
If you missed the Major Spoilers review of the first two issues of The Foundation from Boom! Studios, check it out in the podcast. If you want to skip it, thatâ€™s fine – in a nutshell, the series is off to a great start, and after reading issue three, Iâ€™m upset this title only comes out once a month.
While a lot of the third issue is spent walking us through the methods the Foundation will use to take down the terrorist group; the exposition isnâ€™t the point, but rather the subtle indications of how large the Foundation is. Multiple strike teams, embedded agents inside the Federal Government, and the reveal that the Foundation isnâ€™t concerned with due process, makes this one scary organization that you wouldnâ€™t want to cross. At one point the reader is told no one knows who reports to whom, or how big the organization is, which makes this a secret agency akin to the Illuminati.
The only way agents are able to identify who is a member of their team is by wearing a blue rose pin – significant in that Nostradamus used rose pills as a method of counteracting the plague. While this secret handshake is a great way to acknowledge without acknowledging, donâ€™t you think it has the potential to be abused or used by the enemy?
I once had a friend who was not a member of the Masons, but had an uncle who taught him the secret handshake. This friend pressed the flesh, so to speak, at a few parties, and soon found himself rising socially and monetarily. Iâ€™m not saying there is a direct connection, but someone who really wanted to infiltrate the Foundation could do it with some careful observation and a blue rose pin.
We were first introduced to the Foundation through veteran Stephen Valentineâ€™s struggle to cope with what he is doing in the organization, ultimately deciding to leave after his last mission. In order to get out cleanly, the Foundation partners him with Calvin Thomas, a new recruit, to stop a terrorist attack on the water supply for New York City. The combo of the new recruit and older veteran is a perfect combination that fans of Lethal Weapon, the X-Files, and even 48 Hours will enjoy immediately.
For those who arenâ€™t familiar with the concept of remote viewing, Nostradamusâ€™ prophecies, and other psychic tricks, the issue further expands on what was discussed in previous issues in a way that doesnâ€™t bog the story down, but uses the information as a way of moving the story forward. Valentine even goes so far as to hint that there might be a larger force working against the ideals the Foundation upholds. Even though Fox Mulder is able to explain a conspiracy theory or concepts in detail, it takes a Scully to see things from a different, more skeptical view. And this is exactly what happens when Calvin second guesses the results â€œconjuredâ€ up by the Foundations many team members.
Are you seeing a lot of foreshadowing here?
Thatâ€™s right dear reader, things suddenly go from peachy keen to nightmarish when teams stationed around the world begin to lose contact with HQ – a result of an all out attack on field agents – a mass killing no one (including me) was expecting.
Who lives? Who dies? Who is behind the mysterious attack? Letâ€™s just say Valentine is out of the frying pan and into the fire. And Calvin… well…
This is what makes this a terrific read. Pulling a Hitchcock with a character readers have grown to like, throws everything into a tail spin and gets me more excited about this series with every page turn. I thought things might have plateaued in issue one, but this issue shows once again that weâ€™ve merely reached the ridge of one range, only to discover the mountain peak is still a long way off. Kudos to writer John Rozum for another spectacular issue.
I still have minor issues with the art. At times it is still too difficult to identify who who in crowd shots, but otherwise everything works fine – especially the scenes of the field agents getting attacked without warning.
If you are someone who believes the end times are upon us, are particularly keen on conspiracy theories, or just someone who likes a great thriller, The Foundation from Boom! Studios is a page turner. Iâ€™m giving issue #3 another 4.5 out of 5 stars, and giving it a Strong Read recommendation.