Abyss: Family Issues #3 Review
By Red 5 Comics
The more I see of red 5 comics the more impressed I am by their quality and diversity. They do have the occasional title that reads high on the Meh Meter ™Abyss is not one of these. The story is engaging and the artwork cute enough to carry the jokes but distinctly heroic. The story itself follows the exploits of a young man, Eric Hoffman, suddenly finding out that his father is a supervillian and how he deals with this. Of course, being a teen, he rebels and takes on his father’s persona of Abyss intending to become a superhero and rehabilitate his family’s name. An admirable goal which quickly goes astray as Eric comes head to head with the prejudice and cliqueiness of the superhero community which refuses to accept him as a hero. The humour is subdued and definitely aimed towards those with a knowledge of superhero comics and conventions. Issue #3 in particular is chockfull of easter eggs referencing nerdish lore from the Kent’s mailbox to Luke’s tatooine speeder. But even with these trivia treasure hunt items the book is still easily accessible to the first time reader.
There are the obligatory references to previous events and other series, with characters entering the book with little set up. As a first time reader I didn’t find this at all distracting as the characters are easily recognizable as tongue in cheek parodies of familiar characters and groups like Superman and the JLA, Green Arrow and his entourage or any supervilian and their killer robot. The book pokes fun at a lot of superhero conventions and is quite lighthearted in its approach to the medium. I was especially fond of Eric’s banter with his girlfriend Quiver whose real life identity is Blair Butler and the cliché alliteration of superhero’s civilian identities. The humor is what drew me to the series in the first place and it didn’t let me down.
Story wise the series (issues 1-3 or 4) develops slowly like a nicely paced Seinfeld episode or a poorly paced Buffy if you know what I mean. A Rorschach/Deep Throat mash up arrives to drive the story by revealing that Eric’s mom is in fact a well known superheroine and while I had some difficulty following this shadowy figure’s motivation, the big reveal at the end of issue #3 makes it obvious that this will be explained in the next issue. An issue I’ll be waiting for with bated breath. But you’ll have to excuse me as I’m off to track down previous issues of Abyss and I’d definitely recommend you do as well!
Check out the Preview http://comicbuzz.com/abyss-family-issues-3-preview