Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless have created the Answer, a quirky superhero with an exclamation point on his mask who just might be as crazy as he seems. Mysteries abound in this mini-series from Dark Horse and Major Spoilers looks at the latest issue to see if there are sufficient answers.
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Mike Norton
Colorist: Mark Englert
Editor: Patrick Thorpe
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Previously in the Answer: After attempting to rescue a young woman named Devin from the “Brain Trust” both are captured and brought to their headquarters. The Brain Trust claims they are recruiting young geniuses to help shape the future. Is the Answer crazy or is the Brain Trust nefarious?
MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
There’s no denying it, the Answer presents some great mysteries. So far, though, we haven’t gotten many answers. Who is the Answer and what are his powers? Is he insane? What is the Brain Trust and are they as shady as they seem? What was the deal with the Anaximander Codex Devin solved? All these questions still need to be addressed in the next, and final, issue of this mini-series. I have confidence in Hopeless and Norton that we will get these answers but for now, it’s slightly frustrating. But don’t get me wrong, the Answer is a great book. The story is told wonderfully, creating a nice mystery with an intriguing conspiracy theory running throughout. The Answer alone is a great character; a humorous superhero that does seem as crazy as the Brain Trust claims he is. Devin is well written as well, a young genius that wants nothing more than to create but may be in over her head. Hopeless sprinkles funny dialogue throughout as well as elements of an overarching conspiracy. Like Devin, I felt I was on drugs while reading this, unable to make sense of it all but enjoying it nonetheless. It makes for a fun read but with all the questions presented, it’s a little overwhelming. With only one issue to go I hope Hopeless and Norton have enough space to provide enough adequate answers. For now I’m enjoying the ride, I just hope I’m not let down.
NO QUESTION, IT’S FANTASTIC
Mike Norton’s art is fantastic as usual. Between this and his work on It Girl (how does he have the time?), I’ve become an even bigger fan. Panel layout is unique, with each being packed with visual information but never feeling cramped, even with all the word balloons. There’s not much more to say, Norton’s art continues to never be a disappointment. Mark Englert’s colors should be mentioned as well. His use of gradients and color makes the art pop but never becomes distracting, as some computer effects can be. It all comes together in a package that is as fun to look at as it is to read.
BOTTOM LINE: EAGERLY AWAITING THE FINALE
The Answer continues to be a fun read, if not slightly frustrating. There’s big mysteries in this book, ones that needs significant answers. I have confidence that we’ll get those answers but reading it is similar to watching an episode of Lost. I’m having fun, but I’m not sure all these questions can be addressed. Mike Norton’s art is great and both he and Hopeless have created something very unique. I’m eagerly awaiting the final issue. The Answer #3 earns 3 out of 5 stars.
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