Jeff Kline, Javi Garron, Salvi Garcia, Alejandro Sanchez
IDW/Darby Pop Publishing
IDW has a potential hit on their hands. Set in a modern world where superheroes are commonplace, Indestructible tells the story of Gregory Pincus, an average underachieving Los Angeles writer who, during a video store robbery gone awry, is mistakenly identified as being among the cape-and-mask crowd.
Greg is something of a nebbish – the quintessential likeable loser. He endures the regular ribbing he receives from his family (in what is probably no coincidence, the first line of dialog we see with him on the page is, “Gregory, have a rib”), he is still fulfilling the inconsiderate demands of his blackmailing friend and roommate and his date – who is quick to point out his diminutive stature – leaves him outside a club to go in with a celebrity superhero.
And then the aforementioned robbery occurs, a surveillance tape is shown on the news, and everything changes. Though his roommate/friend is aware he is just a normal guy, he nonetheless loves the idea of being a superhero’s best friend and begs him to keep the charade alive. Greg also suddenly becomes very attractive to certain members of the opposite sex who are groupies for the powered bunch. He’s wanted by the police for questioning, and there are other negative implications when it comes to being assumed a superpowered person. So yeah, he’s a tad torn.
A few brief interludes take place that promise a larger story down the line, and even in the smallest of narrative brushstrokes they are both clear and have a voice. That’s what makes this book even more special: besides a relatively novel slant on the superhero genre, every character feels real and even the most flawed remain, in one way or another, relatable. I wouldn’t be surprised if, a few years down the line, this story was optioned for a motion picture, as it is tailor-made for a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy, with Pegg playing Greg and Frost playing Barry, his slob of a roommate. They’re dead ringers for the characters.
Granted, those are some lofty expectations one book deep, but it has the potential. One of three debuting series from Darby Pop Publishing, a new publishing division from IDW, this sets the bar quite high for what should be expected of their other offerings: the futuristic cyber thriller City and the sci-fi samurai romp, 7th Sword. With great pacing, an excellent plot, interesting characters, snappy dialog and artwork that conveys all of those assets soundly, Indestructible is an absolute winner.