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‘Parallel Man: Invasion America #1’ – Comic Book Review

Once upon a time, there was a world much like ours, or should I say numerous parallel worlds, each with a different evolutionary path. Some were similar to our own, while in others, the dinosaurs never died out and reptilian-like creatures rose to sentience; however, in one of these parallel worlds, World War II was not won by the atom bomb, but by the ability to traverse these alternate worlds and, thereby, laying waste to Earth and forcing the annexation of other worlds to survive. Thus began The Ascendancy, a political, military, and scientific agency bent on the domination of all useful parallel worlds.

Welcome to Parallel Man.

Published by Future Dude with the story by Jeffrey Morris and Fredrick Haugen, art by Christopher Jones, and coloring by Zac Atkinson, this first issue focuses on Agent Nick Morgan who, on the surface, appears to be part of The Ascendancy military, but we soon discover he is on a mission to recover a hidden piece of Ascendancy technology before it falls into their hands. Hunted through various parallel worlds by a very efficient team of commandos, his only assistance comes from his mobile A.I. and quite possibly his doppelganger from our world.  The clock is ticking as The Ascendancy has targeted our world for annexation within 48 hours, and one presumes this piece of technology is the only thing standing between us and them.

The story is a lot of fun, and the prologue sets us up well to be able to jump right into the action. Agent Morgan is smart and a risk taker, but it’s nice to see the commandos kicking his ass and generally getting the upper hand.  We know Morgan is the good guy, yet the only reason we’re given as to why he isn’t an Ascendancy lackey is because the hidden piece of technology was created by his grandfather and they both believe conquering other worlds is a bad thing (which it is, but why he believes this has yet to be revealed); however, I do find that Morgan’s assistant A.I. acquiesces to his point of view far too easily. This also presupposes that the A.I.s of his world are programmed with a sense of ethics, and if they are, why aren’t they programmed to follow the party line? If the A.I.’s are sentient, that opens up a whole other discussion as to how and why they would agree to operate as sidekicks to Ascendancy agents. I would also have liked to have seen more subtlety in the coloring. The colors are bright, vivid, and beautiful, but to me don’t fully reflect what these alternate worlds could be like; however, with those choices made, I thought the lettering was spot on.

Overall, the story and the action move well and waste little time. I found it to be very fun and enjoyable, and I’m really glad the publishers decided to introduce this book as a 32 pager. It definitely helped to establish the world more fully.  I look forward to future issues.




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