The GeeksverseMalignant Man #1 – Advanced Review

Malignant Man #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, April 18, 2011 by

Created/Story by: James Wan
Written by: Michael Alan Nelson
Art by: Piotr Kowalski
Colored by: Jordie Bellaire
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Cover Art: A- Trevor Hairsine w/ Sebastien Lamirand; B- Rael Lyra
Assistant Editor: Eric Harburn
Editor: Matt Gagnon

Alan Gates is dying of a brain tumor. He only has weeks to live. On the way home he stops a mugging and gets shot in the head. And everything changes. From that moment on it’s a roller coaster with a mysterious woman taking Alan from the hospital as a band of men, in suits and ties, kill everyone there in the hopes of getting Alan.

Why? We’re not sure, but we can assume it has something to do with the tendrils in his skull and the voices he’s now hearing.

We don’t get any answers, just questions, but Nelson’s script is enough to keep us on the edge and enjoying the ride. You feel for Alan as he talks about what it’s like with death approaching, how the tumor is robbing him of his memories. And you understand the reaction Alan has to the mugger for a couple of reasons. He’s dying, why not help someone else live, especially a young child. And the mugger won’t give the mother the child’s medicine that the kid needs. That has to strike a chord with Alan, as it should with anyone.

The story hints at larger things and promises to be a wild ride. I can’t wait to see more of the mysterious woman. She didn’t bat an eyelash when she had to staple Alan’s skull back together, so it should be interesting to see what else she is capable of.

Kowalski’s art is excellant. He’s got a really nice sense of storytelling. But his strenght is in his characters and expressions.

Alan looks like a man that has gone through months of chemo. The opening splash page is just amazing. Kowalski captures the dying man, devoid of all hope, given in to despair, perfectly. Amazing job. The next page, zooming in on Alan, is equally as gripping. Excellant attention to detail.

Malignant Man #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant start to this definately different series.

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