The GeeksverseHell Yeah #1

Hell Yeah #1
Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 by

Does this new book suffer from the “too much but not enough” syndrome?

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Joe Keatinge
Art by: Andre Szymanowicz
Colored by: Jason Lewis
Lettered by: Douglas L. Sherwood
Cover Art: Szymanowicz w/ Lewis

I have to be honest, I’m not quite sure what this book is about. It’s all over the map. It seems like one of those “everything and the kitchen sink” type books, so many concepts thrown together. And when those work, which isn’t very often, they work extremely well. This is one of the times that it doesn’t work.

Alot of this issue is devoted to a flashback, showing when a Marine was rescued by superhumans and the world changed. The superhumans actively work to make a better world. It’s an interesting way to introduce the world except it detracts from learning about the main character, who at this point is nothing more then a stereotype.

The stereotype is very common, it’s of a teen boy coming of age who has a famous father and he acts up, rebels. Deep down he’s really a good kid, he’s smart but he acts out pushing away those around him.

That’s Ben Day and a dozen other characters throughout literature.

With so much space devoted to the flashback, Ben just becomes a one-note character and not someone we care particularly about. Then there’s the mystery of the barcode on the back of his neck as well as the last page, which sets up alternate dimensions.

If Hell Yeah had just centered around the world being changed by super humans and Ben being the son of the catalyst for that change, then it could probably end up being a half-way decent book. Give Ben some more personality, escape the stereotype, and that would help. But adding the extra layers at the end? It’s too much.

And I forgot the part about the super human school, which only reinforces the stereotype with Ben. The school seems almost an afterthought and becomes even more so at the end. Not how I would expect a school full of super humans would react to an explosion caused by something crashing into one of the buildings. Let alone how much time would pass between Sarah’s phone call and Ben arriving at the scene, which seemed odd. Not as odd as the strangely out of place embrace between them.

Hell Yeah suffers from too much and because of that there’s not enough time devoted to anything. I could get into a book about the son of the catalyst for change struggling to find his place in the world, even if he’s a walking stereotype, but adding the alternate dimensions is just too much. There wasn’t anything to latch onto. And that was without mentioning the mystery surrounding the parents, and the mother that wasn’t seen.

The art by Szymanowicz is decent. He could develop into a good artist. The technical aspects, layouts and flow, are solid. Aside from the above mentioned awkward embrace, the pages flowly smoothly. The opening sequance was the best in the book and it seemed to suffer the closer we got to the end. Characters started appearing stiff, with awkward poses and flat bodies, not as lively as the first couple pages.

The art worked, there were a couple of panels that were distracting, but overall it was decent and I’d expect the art to improve over the next couple of issues.

But here’s hoping that the book finds one thing to concentrate on.

Hell Yeah #1 receives
2 out of 5

One Response
    • Now don’t get me wrong, I think pretty much every comic can have every kind of storyline.  There’s no reason Hell Yeah couldn’t do the alternate universe storyline, but right off the bat?  It’s too much.  We don’t even get to know Ben Day or what the mythos of the series is in the first issue there’s so much going on.

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