The GeeksverseMetapatriot #1

Metapatriot #1
Published on Saturday, November 12, 2011 by

Published by: Ultimate Comics Group
Written by: John B. Lai
Penciled by: John Opal
Colored by: Shaun Lewis & John B. Lai
Lettered by: John B. Lai
Cover Art: Rob Jacobsen w/ John B. Lai

I picked up a bunch of comics from Ultimate Comic’s Group at NYCC. This is the first one I’ve had a chance to check out. I hope the others are better. That’s not to say that this is a horrible book. There are some nice moments, they just aren’t all together.

This book feels amateurish, if that makes any sense, and it’s not a word I like to use when referring to small press books because the creators are every bit the professional as someone that works at one of the major publishers. But it’s the only world I can think of that works. This book feels like it’s the first effort from someone that is trying to learn the ropes.

The script is cliched. The pacing is off. And the plot is missing key elements. The narration is too descriptive in parts, telling us the story instead of letting us see/read it. The dialogue is bad for most of the issue. And it doesn’t even work as a good introduction to the main character. The plot revolves around a villian, Perish, stealing date from a government Meta research facility, being attacked and killing two guards, then Metapatriot comes out of nowhere and fights him off, saving the disk. We never get a good read on what Metapatriot’s powers are or even who he is. He’s just a costumed guy that comes out of nowhere.

And the end makes less sense where we see Metapatriot in his secret identity has a high school teacher grading papers on a Saturday. We are introduced to the future love interest in the end, so it has that going for it. But then I have a hard time believing that a high school teacher would dress like that (halter top and tight mini skirt) even on a Saturday. And have a hard time believing that she hasn’t had a date in two years.

The issue is not strong and it comes across as someone’s first attempt at writing.

The art has some nice moments. The villian, Perish, is really well done. Opal does a great job showing the oozing nature of the bad guy. The rest of the art is decent enough. The perspective is off here and there and the characters are a tad out of proportion. Like the story this feels like a first attempt, but I can see how it could quickly improve.

Metapatriot #1 receives
2 out of 5

You can learn more about Ultimate Comic’s Group, Metapatriot and their other books, by visiting their website.

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