The GeeksverseThe Mission #1

The Mission #1
Published on Friday, February 25, 2011 by

Written by: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber
Art by by: Werther Dell'Edera
Colors: Arianna Florean
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Werther Dell'Edera
Editor: Aubrey Sitterson

What would you do if someone approached you and said you had 48 hours to kill someone. That the death was for the greater good and that it was in your own personal best interests to do it. Would you?

And what would you do when you found out that you could have prevented alot of loss of life if you had done it?

That’s the question asked by The Mission and it’s well asked. Paul Haskell is giving a mission, to kill a man named Neal. He’s told it’s for the greater good and then he finds out that he doesn’t really have a choice. He fails in that mission and Neal kills his ex-wife, a judge and a couple of others. And those deaths are on Paul’s head because he could have prevented it.

The first issue doesn’t get into the consequances much, the murders happening on the last pages. Instead the first issue spends alot of time building up Paul. He’s got the typical suburban life. Good marriage, beautiful wife, wonderful kids and the normal stress that alot of people go through. Then his life is turned upside down.

The Mission is interesting in that there is no clear cut good or evil. It’s more of an “ends justify the means” kind of thing. It doesn’t matter that Paul is essentially coerced into doing the mission, he comes down with cancer, or that they are picking an innocent man to perform murder.

Hopefully the following issues will spend time looking at those aspects of it, as this issue was all about Paul and showing us his life. It was well done. It could have been fairly boring, but the Hoeber brothers do a good job keeping the story moving. We get enough to know what Paul’s life is like and we get the coercion to do the mission. We see Paul start looking for reasons to kill Neal and comparing his life to Neals.

That part was interesting as we see Neal spending time with his daughter and Paul thinks of the time he doesn’t spend with his kids. It adds emphasis to the mystery of the story, why Paul is being told he has to kill this man. For all intents the man seems normal and a good person.

But the last pages show that God has a reason and there are consequances when we don’t listen.

Dell’edera’s art is good. It seems simpler and less detailed then the stuff he did for IDW’s G.I. Joe Origins but in a way it’s better. It’s simpler and cleaner. The pages are well laid out and the story flows smoothly. It looks very good.

The Mission #1 receives
5 out of 5

Excellant start to this new series.

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