Written by Geoffrey Thorne
Drawn by Khary Randolph
Published by Marvel Comics
PREVIOUSLY: MOSAIC #4
Okay, what can I say without spoiling all the good stuff? How about…WOW!
Seriously, it all (well, for the most part) comes to head in this issue, which is labeled as the end of the opening arc of this series. As per last issue, Morris now knows the truth about this life, about how his beloved father, “Pops”, has been manipulating him and using him since he was 12, when he signed some secret deal with the Brand Corp., who’ve apparently known that Morris was an Inhuman, before even he did. Now that Pops has told the world that Morris is dead, while secretly selling his son’s body to Brand Corp,, who’s executives appear to know a lot more about Morris and how his powers work and are seeking to using it for nefarious (and profitable) purposes, Morris (who is still in the body of Spider-Man when this story begins), must break into the lab where his body is being held to free himself and confront Pops.
Thrilling, compelling, dramatic, and action-packed, I’d say more but I’ve run out of appropriate adverbs.
I’m going to say upfront that when I first heard of this title, I was not in the least bit excited about it. My initial thought was that it just sounded like DC Comics’ DEADMAN (whom I’ve never had any interest in). I only picked this book up due to the involvement of Geoff Thorne, whom I’ve known for several years now and who’s writing I’ve come to enjoy. I figured it anyone could make this series interesting it would be him. And I was right!
I was intrigued by the first issue, and with each progressive issue it’s just gotten better. By the end of this issue, we see how Morris has gotten a better handle on his powers, and while it ends satisfactorily, feeling like a complete story, there are still several unanswered questions that leave the reader wanting more. It’s not a traditional superhero series, it feels more like a sci-fi book, although it is firmly established within the mainstream MCU. I also think this could make an excellent TV series (which is not surprising, considering Thorne’s background as a TV writer).
And I’ll admit that critiquing art is not one of my strongest points (I’m pretty much a I like it or I don’t like it, kinda art fan), trust me when I saw that Khary Randolph’s artwork fits the tone of this story perfectly. His drawings have a fluid look them, which make it feel that the characters are moving with you as you read about them (if that makes sense?). Mosaic is shaping up to be one of the best new additions to the Marvel Universe, so don’t get left behind. Pick this up. A+