PRODIGY. #4


Written by Mark Millar
Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque
Published by Image Comics

PREVIOUSLY: PRODIGY. #3

This issue is even more action-heavy than the last. We see Edison fighting groups of armed men, jumping out of windows, jumping out of a plan, dismantling a missile in mid-air and just generally being a badass. We also get some further insights into exactly how his super-brain works and why he’s always able to come up with a plan to overcome an obstacle that gets in his way. But as I said in my last review, this is kind of a problem. Because Edison is portrayed as so much smarter than everyone else and so well-prepared, none of these amazing feats ultimately mean anything. There’s never any sense of danger or even suspense. No matter what new enemy or problem he faces, it’s obvious that Edison is going to figure his way out of it while spouting off some snappy one-liners.

It’s also hard to tell if Edison and Rachel are actually any closer to solves the mystery of the impending invasion of the parallel Earth. We the readers see that there’s some sort of centuries-old Satanic cabal of the fabulously wealthy (basically, the Illuminati, a trope Millar has used in some of his previous work) behind this, but whether or not Edison is aware of them is unclear at this point. There’s also another little subplot from the first issue, regarding a giant meteor headed for Earth, which gets revisited here, so I suspect that it will connect to the invasion story somehow.

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying this series, despite these flaws. I think it’s a similar problem I noticed with Mark Millar’s NEMESIS, when he tries to write these super-smart characters he overdoes it. It’s still entertaining as a story, I just feel like it could be so much better. No complaints about Rafael Albuquerque’s art, though. He’s still doing an excellent job.

PRODIGY. #4

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