Review: Translucid #1
The Horse has been the arch-enemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator’s moral compass slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator’s past that he’s buried deep in his subconscious and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make a selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.
What is a superhero without their villain(s)? That’s the question the new series Translucid from the writing duo of Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez attempts to explore. At leas that’s where I think the series is going. The first issue is but a piece of the bigger puzzle, of which I can’t tell you exactly what the picture is. That I think sums up the first issue. It has a lot of great moments, and some choppy flashbacks, that form the beginning of what potentially will be an interesting narrative. The idea of choice, and how these two characters got where they are is peppered throughout the issue. Seeing the reveal of that will be the highlight, what really drove each of the characters into the direction of good or evil.
In the promotion we’re told the series explores the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss. That’s a topic that’s been tread a few times before, and a new take it always welcome and interesting. The issue has a solid build introducing us to the various players and building to one hell of an ending, one I have no idea where the series goes from here.
I think the gripe I have with the issue is that it is just one issue. Reading it front to back, I’m left feeling that it’s possible the story might read better as a trade or if it were released in one shot as a graphic novel. There’s a lot in this issue though. The feeling I have stems from the flashbacks, while hinting at things, don’t quite have enough of a pay off, or impact the story of the first issue enough to really make sense, or not feel choppy.
The art is solid, and Daniel Bayliss‘ addition adds a kinetic energy that fits the vibe of the characters and world. The character design is interesting and how The Navigator’s gear works, and how that’s presented, definitely has me intrigued.
Overall, the first issue takes a concept we’ve seen before, and presents it in an interesting way to start. It’s just a sliver of the bigger picture and larger story, and I finished the first issue wishing I could just read it all at once. That being said, Echert and Sanchez have produced some epic series in the past, and I expect no less of this one. Add in Bayliss’ art, and you’ve got an intriguing series that I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
Story: Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez Art: Daniel Bayliss
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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