Indestructible is the first of a four-issue mini-series from the new publishing company Darby Pop in partnership with IDW. Written by Jeff Kline, with art by Javi Garron, inked by Salvi Garcia, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettered by Troy Peteri, it is a story about a potential superhero thrust into a world where superheroes are the norm.
Greg Pincus is pretty much the very definition of an almost loser. He’s a good guy with his heart in the right place, but he simply can’t (or won’t) rise to the occasion when the occasion presents itself. This includes an overbearing roommate and a hot date that he loses almost as soon as they meet. He’s not a complete bonehead, as he does have friends who truly care about him, though he’s often the butt of their jokes. Greg’s true crisis comes when he comes face to face with an armed robber and he plays the hero, much to his regret later. I don’t want to give it away, but let’s just say that society’s love affair with celebrities becomes a double-edged sword for poor Greg Pincus.
I absolutely loved the splash page from the point of view of someone getting shot. Well done. Paneling was tight and interesting. It definitely kept my interest visually by changing up angles and spatial references. The bright coloring worked for this over-the-top superhero world.
I did find a couple of things a little confusing. In the beginning, we are introduced to a woman by the name of Stingray, as she is released from prison. Clearly a set up for another plotline, it wasn’t apparent to me whether Greg’s “hot date” was Stingray or not after several reads. I think my confusion stems from the fact that their clothes were in the same color palette and they looked vaguely similar; however, I finally came to the conclusion that they were not the same person and moved on.
I would have also liked to see a bit more of Stingray before the end of the first issue. You kind of get a hint of her superpowers, but I’d have liked to have seen some sense of what her goals are since this is only a four-issue series. Otherwise, you pretty much forget about her by the end of the issue; however, the best part of this comic series is it lays bare our culture’s misplaced obsession with celebrity and makes fun of it in the best possible way. Bravo, guys!