ADVANCE REVIEW: Happy #1

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Sometimes people need to explore the world, see what other pastures have to offer, make their own trail, and Grant Morrison is one of those people. The writer is striking off into the waters of creator owned works, and Major Spoilers is here to give you an early review for his newest work, Happy.

Happy #1
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Darick Robertson
Colorist: Richard P. Clark
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Designer: Drew Gill
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99

Previously in Happy: Nothing! Hooray for a new series!

SO THAT’S WHY HE IS LEAVING

I believe I have figured out the true reason why Grant Morrison is leaving DC; he really wants to let loose on the profanities. Finding a sentence in Happy without the word f*#& in it is like trying to find the cherry at the bottom of a Sonic Limeade. You are positive that there has to be one and once you are lucky enough to find it, a smile of relief comes to your face. I’m not against the use of the word, but there does come a time when it is being used too much.

Now that I have that out of the way, on to the story! Happy starts out feeling fairly familiar. Nick Sax is hired to take out a few mob brothers, but when one tries to divulge information regarding the family fortune in return for Sax not shooting him, Sax becomes priority number one for the Fratelli family. But as the end starts to creep up Morrison throws in not a curveball, but more like a slider with a little spit on it. I’m going to guess that there will be many readers asking, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?” at the end. I know I was.

Even though this book is dark in nature I think that there are a few heart-warming moments on the horizon over the course of the next three issues. Sax is not a character that will earn the love of readers in this issue; there isn’t a human character with any redeeming value at all present in this issue really.

TEAM EFFORT

When it comes to art, having a team that can capture that feeling of the prose and then being able to expand on that is essential. Thankfully the pairings of those involved here are meshing together nicely to add to the overall experience. It is by no means my favorite art, but there isn’t much to complain about. The contrasts of the dark and gritty against the bright and whimsical sections at the end are very well done.

BOTTOM LINE: YAY CREATOR OWNED!

Having writers and artists creating entirely original stories that they can do whatever they please with is an exciting thing. Happy #1 sets the stage perfectly for what should be a bloody, foul-mouthed tale with a nice twist coming from the soon to be departed writer of Action Comics. If you are looking for a slightly different read come Wednesday try Happy out. At $2.99 an issue for a series with only four installments it’s worth adding to your pull list.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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