The GeeksverseIcarus #1

Icarus #1
Published on Sunday, March 20, 2011 by

Published by: Super 75 Comics
Created/WrittenIllustrated by: Ryan Cody
Colors by: Rico Renzi
Cover by: Ryan Cody w/ Scott Godlewski
Editor: Brian Johnson, David Hopkins & Michelle Dewaelsche

A very impressive first issue.

Cody sets up a very interesting world. At first glance it just appears as if it’s about an assassin that kills supers. But as the issue goes on, the premise expands and the last page really knocks it for a loop and turns the idea of the story onto it’s head.

Now I need the second issue so I can see where this is all going.

We don’t learn much about Riley, the assassin, but we do get something out of him that I don’t believe has ever been uttered by an assassin in any media, the truth that “there are no flawless kills”. It’s a refreshing take. Normally we see the stories star as unbeatable, the best at their job and perfect. In Icarus we have Riley admiting that there is no perfect assassination and we even see him mess up. He recovers, but he still messes up. He even needs an extraction team to clean up after him.

But the story doesn’t stop there. Everything that is being set up is intriguing. Who is the little girl? Why does she predictions of the end of the world? Why does Riley’s boss not want him to take out a certain target?

And the last page was a total surprise. That happens so rarely in comics nowadays.

Cody’s art reminds me of Michael Avon Oeming’s work on Powers. It’s got that same feel and style. If you liked Oeming’s Powers then you’ll enjoy Cody’s work here.

Icarus #1 receives
5 out of 5

A dynamite first issue with an ending that is a total surprise.

Icarus #1 can be purchased from Drive Thru Comics

Learn more about Icarus and Super 75 at the publisher’s website.

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