Monday, November 28, 2005

The Perhapanauts #1

"In Medias Res." For some of you, this series has been highly-anticipated; for the rest of you, this is a smart, engulfing storyline that you should read before reading any other books. While the title may put off a ska-band-esque vibe, there is no relation - I think The Perhapanauts will have something for all types of comic book readers.

About the author, Todd Dezago: You may be familiar with his work on Sensational Spider-man, Impulse, or Tellos. Many say that Todd created an amazingly fresh comic book universe in Tellos. I might add that this Perhapanauts stuff will likely do the same.

About the artist, Craig Rousseau: click on his name to see his zany website. I can't say more but that his artwork is eye candy. It's hard to not notice his capabilities in Perhapanauts when the first few pages give him the unfettered opportunity to tell the story (sans language). Work attributable to him shows up in Batman Beyond, Batman: Gotham Adventures, and Impulse.

Synopsis (some spoilage) and Review: I'm including a few pictures of #1 (copyrights to the respective owners, naturally, but thanks to Dark Horse for providing the previews and some background). Like I said, the first few pages of art tell the story, without having to tell the story. That takes mad artist-writer coordination skills, so props to Todd and Craig. Check out that character getting into an elevator leading to some underground facility. Conspiracy theory-style all the way. Is this not already unique enough to keep you coming back for more? Should be, but let's go on.

The overall concept goes like this. BEDLAM, short for Bureau of Extra-Dimensional Liabilities and Management, is an organization hidden from this world. There are places in the world where the fabric of reality has worn thin, where creatures from other realms and bizarre beings from other dimensions slip into earthly reality. But the BEDLAM agents are skilled in the likes of returning these creatures and beings back to their respective dimensions and repairing worn fabrics of reality: these agents are called the Perhapanauts.

So the Janitor starts explaining the concept of what agents do and who the agents are by relating a recent incident with a bizarre being. I'll let you read the material on each character, 'cause I don't want to ruin that for you, but I have a feeling there's at least one character in the bunch that everyone is sure to bond with. To the boys at Team Perhapanauts, I must say that Choopie is icing on the cake!

Now, without ruining the punchline, the Perhapanauts seem to succeed at their task, but something aweful happens. . .at which point, the comic ends with "Next Issue: The New Perhapanauts." I'm interested in what's going on there; I just hope we haven't seen the end of those characters that were introduced. Regardless, I'm hooked. Now, I will say that I'd like to know a little more about the guy in the black suit - Who is he? Is he a new Perhapanaut? What's his background? Etc. . . but I'm sure that's here to come.

RECOMMENDATION: Buy #2. This comic oozes with originality, action, and anticipation. You'll read #1 and ask for more. . . I guarantee it.


Blogger Jason Berek-Lewis said...

Ichiban, That's a great review. You certainly made me want to pick this up, which is a bad thing as I already have too many books on my pull list!!

11:57 PM  
Blogger todd said...

thanks for the really kind words about the perhapanauts! in this crazy comics market, we can't tell you how much we appreciate ANY exposure, but your fairly glowing review is the icing on the cake! thanks! we certainly hope you--and your readers--like what we have coming up in the next few issues. if anything, it's sure to be unexpected!
thanks again!

6:31 AM  

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