Aberrant #1



Even assholes need protecting. 

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, however when it comes to Comics I’m guilty of just that. When i walk past the shelf of comics at my LCBS its rare that I’m drawn to anything other than the most disturbing horror looking titles, this cover caught my eye for odvious reasons and upon closer inspection the words on the skeletoral soilder peeked my interest further “protecting the interests of assholes since 2001” a line like that on a cover like this made this look like a title for me.

I enjoy picking up a title with no prior knowledge and having no expectations at all, that way if it disappoints I’m not disshartened and if it excels I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, Action Labs is absolutely crushing it in my opinion. I know they sometimes confuse the meaning of ‘mature’ with ‘adult’ as with some of their female centric titles like ‘Vampblade’ which is an ‘adult’ book due to its graphic nudity, mature readers do not need to see breasts to feel grown up, however i forgive them when they have given us such amazing titles as ‘TomBoy’ and ‘Black Betty’ and now it would appear ‘Aberrant’.

What starts off as your run of the mill military style book is quickly flipped on its head with the realisastion that superheroes excist in this universe and although some are adored some use their power for their own selfish wants.

When Major David Colbrenner and his men head out on what should have a been a simple hostage rescue mission, his whole team is killed by ‘Aberrants’ or enhanced humans and David is the only survivor.

Out for revenge against the man he thinks is responsible, he learns the truth of why he survived and why he is the only man that can stop these rogue ‘Aberrants’.

This took a turn I didn’t see coming with the introduction of super powered people and I’m happy it did, as much as i enjoy watching shows like ‘SIX’ and ‘SEAL team’ military action doesn’t tend to transfer to the comic page as well.

The art is done well, it’s tonally appropriate for the story and it’s consistent throughout.

The story flows quickly and the action is well done, we’re given answers right away and left with a story we want to see though, i will be back to see if David gets his revenge and hopefully a cool codename like ‘Major Mayhem’ or preferably something better.

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I've been collecting comics since I was 13. A comic shop near where I lived was closing down and selling all their back issues for 25p. My cousin and I had a look around. I had £5 and spent it all on Wonder Woman comics. For the next decade I picked up a few more here and there but nothing serious until I spent the day in the centre of London and saw half a dozen comic book stores. It didn't take long after that to complete the whole 226 issue run. While collecting Wonder Woman comics, several more titles peeked my interest including Supergirl and Young Justice by Peter David which to this day have been my all time favourite comic runs. Now I'm almost 8,000 comics deep into my obsession and have been lucky enough to review comics for the past couple of years and now have my own site to share my passion.

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