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Classic Is The Operative Word,
This review is from: Clandestine Classic Premiere HC (Hardcover)
How many of us, I wonder, could create a new family of superheroes and, in a world overrun by superheroes, still make them seem fresh and believable? Well, Alan Davis for one. Not only that but he writes a story that rattles along nicely without ever seeming rushed, yet conversely manages to develop character and fill in back story without slowing the pace one iota. I suspect that this is because not one single panel or speech bubble is wasted, and the story flows so smoothly that reading it is almost effortless. This is quite a hefty volume, but I read all 300-odd pages in a day because I simply could not put it down.
If you are new to Marvel, or to comics in general, I would highly recommend this volume. Initially separated from the Marvel Universe, it concerns a family of super-powered immortals trying to remain secret from the world, whilst dealing with numerous family issues. As the outside world inevitable crashes in on them, they end up dealing with genetically engineered monsters, mysterious organisations and demons from an alternative dimension, all the while trying to deal with their personal conflicts. For the aficionados, there are appearances by the Silver Surfer, Spiderman, Doctor Strange and the X-Men, but these appearances are not simply gratuitous; they drive the plot and give insight into the dilemma facing the Destine family; hide and squander their gifts, or fight injustice and risk exposure?
Alan Davis was, of course, an artist first but took on writing duties fairly early in his career. As an artist, he has always been one of my favourites. Again, he has a style that that is detailed and dynamic, but is so easy on the eye that you're deceived into thinking that it's less elaborate than that of his contemporaries; it isn't. Davis' art is gloriously unique and instantly recognisable, perfectly complimented by Mark Farmers subtle, beautiful inking. I should also mention the colouring here, which is simply gorgeous.
But back to my original question: How many people in the comic book industry can write and pencil an original story arc and make it compelling and iconic? Kirby? Starlin? Byrne?
Did I like this book? What do you think?