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‘EGOs #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I’m not sure if you remember, but, awhile back, I reviewed EGOs #1 (by Image Comics), and I liked it.  The latest and greatest by the legendary Stuart Moore got my attention. I thought it felt a little Watchmen-esque (referring to the graphic novel, not the awful movie) in its mildly dystopic future.  This comic series is about a group of superheroes (with relatively non­-clichéd powers) coming together in a science fiction future on par with Mass Effect.  Basically, this aging superhero tries to get a new “band” back together (the old band being mostly dead).  He crosses several very shady lines, pisses off his wife (a very redeemable and nice character, I might add), and things happen.

Ultimately, over the course of 4 comics, the new "team" faces off with a galactic baddy, blah blah blah, something blows up, and we have a new team!  Winning.

Anyway, the fifth comic picks up after the team has waxed victorious, made a bit of a name for itself, and the fearless leader, Deuce, is all recognized and shizzle from the EarthGov – the government of humans (like you and sometimes me).

What’s interesting about this is that our highly imaginative writer, Stuart Moore, continues the theme of Don’t Trust Authority – a theme I tend to live by myself.  Turns out Deuce has been separated by the team (kind of voluntarily) to meet his inspiration for being a superhero; his team is already dispatched to a bad planet of bad people (like pirates, even!) . . . and then Stuart (the writer) does his twists and turns as per usual.  Which we all love and can’t help it.

Sooooo – is this worth reading?  Hell yeah.  Deuce is a complex character, and his legendary role model of a hero shows up (presumed dead of course) and makes Deuce’s ethical quandaries look cute. He’s kind of a badass, a lot like you’d expect The Comedian to be a badass.  Meanwhile, Deuce’s awesome wife is leading the team of young superheroes through the rough mission side of things, and you can feel the team developing into a more stable identity.  “What do you mean by this blathering?” you ask?  What I mean is that the comic keeps getting better. It’s a bit like a relationship, that sense of unknown is fading – now, it’s more comfortable, more steady, and more . . . well . . . good.  It’s good.  I’m still referring to the comic.

So, if you’ve read #1-#4 (#4 was my least favorite – if you agree don’t give up), read #5 because it promises another great storyline.  Trust me.  If you haven’t read any of these comics, check ‘em out.

I know I say I “like” a lot of things I review – and I do – but EGOs is the real deal.  A wonderful comic written by one of the more talented folks in the biz.