ORDINARY #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 8/10

Hilarious while staying human, there is something here

Hard to cheer for the hero when he is such a mess

 

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STORY BY Rob Williams
ART/COLORS/LETTERS/COVER BY D’Israeli
PUBLISHER
Titan Comics
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

I didn’t know being a Loser was a superpower.

This book came into my hands and I have to admit I was already a little apprehensive about reading yet another run at superhero books. I mean after reading any of the big two, the mere saturation of cape books on the market, and reading books like Astro City and COPRA as incredible indie superhero titles, what can you show me thats going to raise my eyebrows?

Ordinary #1 was it.

Part hilarity, part action, part superheroes, it plays like the Avengers meets Kafka, directed by Woody Allen but written by the Farrelly Bros. Opening on a dream sequence, our protagonist who is is such a loser, he is his own antagonist, Michael as he is woken up from Scarlett Johanssen dream, where he STILL doesn’t get laid. Rushing out, we see his troubles all around him, from money he owes, to the crappy apartment, to the ridiculously crap job he has, Michael is the very poster  boy for being a loser.

Already, I was done with this guy, hoping he would get hit by a bus, but as he creeps out into the world, late for his job, we see that world changing. And what seems just another horrible day in the horrible life of Michael,  becomes apparent as the world suddenly has… SUPERPOWERS?

This is, besides the humor of the book, one of the funnest things to see, how these powers tend to manifest from the classic power sets you see, to sudden fantasy and mythological powers coming up, layer after layer stack up and you scan the bits of the pages to see all them come about and next you know it…

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You see that Michael, forever the loser, doesn’t get any superpowers!

This turns into a very human story at this point, poignant on where it leaves you off. Very few times can a comic really balance humor and action without either getting too silly or missing the mark but Ordinary #1 really struck all the right notes. It leaves you wanting more, and is the first comic in a while where I went back and wanted to reread it, and find more gags within it, and find a sense of what is going on. The art is spot on, and has the right amount of seriousness and cartoon fun without coming apart. In the end, I actually went and put this in my pull box, thinking that issue will really take it on.

Who’d a thunk a story about a loser, could be such a winner? THUMBS UP

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 Juan Navarro, a Writer/Artist from Miami, Florida, Editor of Creature Entertainment, Creator of webcomics Zombie Years and VIGIL His upcoming series REZ  is curently fully funded and going on KICKSTARTER

2 Comments on "ORDINARY #1"

  1. Aron July 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Wasn’t this already a comic? I remember reading this same exact title and idea last year by Eric Barie and Martin Dunn.

  2. Juan Navarro
    Juan Navarro August 6, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

    YES, actually i think I was talking to Dunn about it at Supercon. Unfortunately we could chalk it up to just great minds thinking alike, but you never know if there would be any legality to it.

    I will say this: Execution matters as much as the Idea at times, and having a concept and delivering the goods are two separate things. This is not the most original idea, the but the way they did it, the humor and surreality to it, I think it could possibly be that way.

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