REALITY CHECK

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Written by Glen Brunswick
Drawn by Viktor Bogdanovic
Published by Image Comics

This is an interesting little 4-issue miniseries, published last year, that I just bought the other day on Comixology (like I buy and read almost all of my comic-books now). The lead character is Willard, a lonely guy who’s life pretty much went downhill after his beloved older brother was accidentally killed in college. Since then Willard’s relationship with his mother has been strained, since she partially blames Willard for being unable to save his brother. Willard also socially withdrew, causing him to lose his girlfriend Alison. He decided to dedicate all of time to trying to break into the comic-book industry. Eventually he creates a comic-book called Dark Hour, about a masked vigilante who is a Batman analog. The twist is that Dark Hour is always unlucky in love. Willard sells the idea to an indie publisher, and sales of the first issue go through the roof. Willard has finally accomplished his dream.

But then he gets writers block.

He’s stuck trying to write the next issue, threatening to derail all of his success, when suddenly Dark Hour appears before him in the real world. It’s never made clear how this happens, but apparently there’s some connection between the fact that Dark Hour is now no longer in his fictional universe and why Willard is unable to keep writing about him. So Willard needs Dark Hour to go back where he came from, but Dark Hour is upset about his love life, and depends that Willard give him better luck with women. They eventually go out together to pick up chicks, and hilarity ensues.

Things get less hilarious when Dark Hour sets his sights on Alison, who seems to reciprocate his feelings, which doesn’t make Willard very happy. But then we find out that Dark Hour’s evil arch-nemesis, Devil-Inside, has also escaped to the real world, and is after Dark Hour, even if he has to go through Alison to get him. . .

A very good story. Concisely told. The interaction between Willard and Dark Hour is nice, and the emotional bits when flashing back to Willard’s past are well done. And Bogdanovic’s art is very good, and serves the story.

REALITY CHECK

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