Review: Suicide Risk #21

suicide risk 21Suicide Risk is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to the comic book medium.  With the rise of the independent publishers in the 1980s and 1990s, what constituted comic book material was widely redefined to being about superheroes, to being about almost anything.  The independents allowed for a lot of more adult focused stories to be told, stories focusing on themes in society which better define us than the pseudo-god worship that is comics.  Not everything from the independents is always anti-superhero though.  Valiant has worked hard to create its own shared universe, and recently Dark Horse has as well under Project Black Sky.  Unknown to a lot of people is that Boom has its own shared universe title as well, and the reason for its low profile is maybe obvious.  Instead of pulling together various other titles, this shared universe of heroes is contained in one title, and it has a name which does not really reflect that it might be a superhero based comic.

In truth though Suicide Risk is an intricate world based on superheroes, and perhaps even one of the better ones on the market.  Instead of having characters loosely tied together through company wide crossovers, the story here is one large crossover, albeit with Requiem as its lead.  For those that haven’t read the story thus far, revealing too much is a disservice to the fluid nature of the storytelling here, moving from a relatively normal world to an unforeseen one.  In this particular issue, Requiem is forced to live with two worlds at risk of colliding with one another in two unrelated ways.  In the first his two wives from his different lives are united together under one roof, which causes everyone to be on edge, and incidentally for the first time in this series actually discusses suicide.  In the other, it is revealed that the barrier which has been put in place in the previous issue is not at risk of destroying the multiverse, and something has to be done and soon.

Though this is a bit of a slower pace issue than some of the others in this series, it still shows off the strength of the characters that have been built up in the twenty issues so far.  When Leo is at home the reader can feel his struggle, and when he returns to his home world, one can feel his desperation as well.  This issue is not a standout in the series, but it does move the story along to where it needs to be.  It is not even clear what the greater story line of the entire series is at this point, because it has so many unexpected developments that really anything is possible, but the series has always had a high standard and this issue is no different.

Story: Mike Carey  Art: Elena Casagrande
Story: 8.7  Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

 BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review