Review: Huck #1

HuckIn a quiet seaside town, Huck uses his special gifts to do a good deed each day. His neighbors return the favors by keeping his abilities a secret. But when a newcomer alerts the media, a firestorm erupts, sending Huck on an adventure that will change everything.

Could writer Mark Millar be turning over a new leaf? With Huck #1, the writer continues his positive vibe that he began with his last comic series Starlight. In interviews the prolific writer has stated he thinks the state of comic movies is a bit too dark, and we need something a bit lighter at times. That thought process might explain the tone of this first issue, as well as the previously mentioned Starlight. It’s a break from what we’ve seen from the writer, and it’s actually really good. In fact, I want to see more of these two series.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this comic, but the first issue is very positive, and that’s great as its something we need more of to move beyond the dark and gritty characters and comics that have dominated for so long. At first, I wasn’t quite sure when the series took place, but Millar smartly uses some current events to help guide us as far as that, and also set up the type of hero we’re dealing with.

Millar is helped by Rafael Albuquerque whose art is some of the best in the comic industry. His name alone will get me to check out a comic, and here he delivers with his usual style that fits really well to this superhero story which puts a small town twist to it all.

It’s clear the two creators have something to say and I wish we got more in this first issue. My only complaint is that it was a rather quick read. I want to see more of what Millar has to say, and Albuquerque’s fantastic art. I went in not knowing what to expect, and came out the other end of the first issue blown away and wanting more. In many ways Huck is an anachronism, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Some times that’s completely refreshing.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Rafael Albuquerque
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review