Written by Mark Millar
Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque
Published by Image Comics
PREVIOUSLY: HUCK #1
This issue begins with a flashback to 1981 in Siberia, where wee see the appearance of a Russian woman with apparent telepathic powers. For longtime Mark Millar fans you may remember that the existence of such a woman was alluded to in M.P.H. #4, therefor officially setting this book in the Shared Millarworld Universe. Jumping back to the present, we see what appears to be the same woman, apparently having not physically aged, now living in Vermont as a violin teacher, sees a story about Huck on the news and reacts in shock. It’s not specifically stated how much time has passed since the previous issue, but Diana has revealed the secret of Huck’s powers to the world and now news reporters have descended upon the town and are camped outside of his boarding house, hoping to interview him.
Right there I have to say that this reaction seems a tad implausible to me. Millar cleverly skips over how Diane revealed this information because, if you think about it, how would she? Again, this is supposed to be the “real world.” If some woman just says hey, I know this guy who has super powers, who is going to believe her? What evidence does she have to back that up? How would this become some huge news story? It doesn’t make sense.
Well, okay, let’s overlook that and get on with the story.
In addition to reports there are several people in the crowd who are hoping to get Huck to help them. And Huck senses this and decided to go outside to talk to them. Soon we see Huck using his abilities, which, in addition to superhuman strength and stamina, also includes some limited form of E.S.P., which he used to track down a woman’s missing husband (who doesn’t necessarily want to be found), and then all the way to Afghanistan to rescue a man who was kidnapped by Islamic mercenaries. And then the issue ends with a couple of cliffhangers that hint at Huck’s mysterious origins.
A decent issue. Huck is written as a quiet simple man who just wants to help people in any way that he can, even at the expense of his own privacy. And Albuquerque’s art continues to give this comic a simple small-town feel, even in the action scenes. I enjoyed this issue as I enjoyed the first, and I believe you will too. However I will deduct a point due to the aforementioned plausibility concern, and grade this issue an A-